David L.Wallach (Dave)


San Francisco + 1.415.875.5827

David Wallach has more than 15 years of experience representing clients in international arbitration and litigation. His practice is focused on high-value, complex construction and commercial disputes. David has worked in a broad array of industries, including oil and gas, agriculture, retail, and pharmaceuticals. David has handled matters arising from projects in Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. He is skilled in all phases of arbitration and litigation and has extensive experience working with local experts and counsel in cross-border disputes to navigate difficult issues of foreign law and procedure. David is currently advising clients about legal issues arising from COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the Shelter in Place orders in California.

David's litigation practice focuses on commercial disputes relating to events in foreign countries. He has successfully defended against claims under the Alien Tort Statute, the Torture Victim Protection Act, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and state tort and competition laws. David is also experienced in seeking and opposing discovery in the United States under 28 U.S.C. § 1782 for use in foreign litigation and international arbitration.

David is a member of the International Law Section of the San Francisco Bar Association, the ABA Construction Law Forum, and a frequent author on international law issues.


  • Saudi Arabian company prevails in LCIA arbitration relating to Saudi Arabian joint ventureJones Day represented a Saudi Arabian company in an arbitration brought by its U.S. partner in a Saudi joint venture.
  • German engineering conglomerate resists emergency application in connection with emergency arbitrationJones Day successfully advised a major German engineering conglomerate in defeating an emergency application under the ICC Rules seeking to halt the construction of a $4.5 billion hydroelectric plant in West Africa and to transfer management of the project to a company led by the daughter of the country's former president.
  • Chevron defeats class action relating to offshore gas well blowoutJones Day successfully represented Chevron Corporation in a class action lawsuit originally brought by 65,000 Nigerians seeking $5 billion on the claim that a natural gas well blowout six miles offshore caused widespread health and fishing impacts to an area roughly the size of New Jersey.
  • National retailer defends consumer class action surrounding allegations related to farming practices for shrimpJones Day is defending a national retailer against consumer class action litigation in which plaintiffs allege that the retailer sold shrimp that were farmed using slave labor.
  • Chevron subsidiary Unocal wins Ninth Circuit reversal in case involving Foreign Sovereign Immunities ActJones Day was retained by Unocal Corporation ("Unocal") (now a subsidiary of Chevron Corporation) for representation in a Ninth Circuit appeal from an adverse ruling in a case involving the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act ("FSIA").
  • Inmate wrongfully denied outdoor exercise for fourteen months, achieves favorable settlementPrison officials kept Otis Thomas locked in his cell without any outdoor exercise for a period of fourteen months as a result of prison violence in which Mr. Thomas had no part.
  • Firestone Natural Rubber prevails in Seventh Circuit appeal of summary judgment in widely publicized case under Alien Tort StatuteOn July 11, 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed an order granting summary judgment to Jones Day client Firestone Natural Rubber Company in a widely publicized case under the Alien Tort Statute.
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturers prevail before the U.S. Supreme Court in dispute under 340B Drug Pricing ProgramJones Day, on behalf of TAP Pharmaceutical Products Inc. (now known as Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc.), along with counsel for co-defendants, prevailed before the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Chevron obtains discovery against former opposing counsel in long-running litigation in Ecuador and BIT Arbitration against Republic of EcuadorJones Day client Chevron Corporation has been involved in contentious litigation in Ecuador in which the plaintiffs have alleged billions of dollars in damages.
  • Chevron wins Ninth Circuit affirmance of jury verdict in highly publicized Nigerian human rights caseOn September 10, 2010, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the jury verdict in favor of Jones Day client Chevron Corporation and two of its subsidiaries in a highly publicized Alien Tort Statute case.
  • San Francisco Forty Niners settled dispute with City involving proper maintenance of Candlestick ParkJones Day represented the San Francisco Forty Niners Ltd. in a dispute with the City and County of San Francisco over the City's failure properly to maintain and improve Candlestick Park, where the Forty Niners play their home games during the NFL season.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • April 21, 2011
      Colloquium on Current and Future Trends in Transnational Litigation, Pepperdine School of Law
    • March 22, 2011
      International Lawyering: Ethics in the Face of Lawlessness and Corruption, University of Richmond School of Law
    • December 17, 2010
      Kiobel: The Uncertain Future of Alien Tort Statute Litigation, San Francisco Bar Association
    • December 12, 2009
      Pepperdine Alien Tort Statute Colloquium
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