David Wallace-Jackson has represented companies and individuals in complex litigation, internal investigations, and white-collar criminal defense matters throughout the United States and around the world for over 20 years.
David litigates complex cases involving contract, patent, trade secret, and unfair competition issues. He defends companies in product-liability lawsuits and agency investigations. In internal investigations, David assists clients with international business conduct issues as they arise under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and in all manner of circumstances here and internationally. And he also defends individuals charged with financial fraud and other business crimes.
David has proven adept at navigating thorny issues and getting to the root of things. And in everything things he does, David makes it a point to learn the technical issues of a case in a way that lets him explain complex points to a broad audience.
WHITE COLLAR CRIMINAL DEFENSE/INTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS
David routinely defends clients in white-collar criminal cases and guides them through internal investigations of suspected wrongdoing. For example, he represented a medical device manufacturer involved in a Medicare fraud investigation in Illinois and Minnesota. He represented an executive with a large health insurer who was investigated by various federal agencies for the backdating of stock options. David represented officers for a commercial builder who were subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury in connection with a criminal antitrust investigation in Georgia involving allegations of bid rigging. David defended an accountant in a high profile, federal tax fraud prosecution.
David also advises clients on issues associated with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and is regularly involved in conducting due diligence and internal investigations around the world. His internal investigation assignments typically present an array of sensitive and challenging circumstances. Whether he is investigating matters related to the FCPA, False Claims Act, import/export practices, financial wrongdoing, workplace misconduct, whistleblower allegations or other sensitive circumstances, David has proven adept at navigating thorny issues and getting to the root of things here in the Unites States and internationally. And he has proven himself skillful at coordinating and supervising the efficient work of critical forensic accounting resources too.
David has brought and defended business litigation matters for his entire career. He represented a manufacturer asserting claims for breach of contract, tortious interference, Lanham Act violations, and misappropriation of trade secrets, and defended that client against monopolization and tortious interference counterclaims. Other examples include representation of a family-owned, duty-free store operator in an antitrust, unfair competition, and wrongful interference with business litigation dispute against a world-wide operator of duty-free stores. He defended a national accounting firm facing negligence and malpractice claims arising from the collapse of a mutual fund. He represented an institutional, municipal bond trader in breach of contract case against former employer.
Products liability cases have long been a cornerstone of David’s work. Recently, David successfully guided a client with a product at the center of investigations by the Chemical Safety Board, OSHA and other government agencies that concluded the product was not the root cause or a contributing factor in a large explosion. He went on to win summary judgment for the client in a related products liability claim. David obtained summary judgment from a state court in Michigan after his client’s product failed and the plaintiff became a quadriplegic as a result of severe injuries to his brain and spine. When a severely injured worker brought claims in a California state court after falling into an industrial mixer against David’s “target” client, David successfully resolved that litigation by allowing the plaintiff access to his client’s experts for use against the other defendants.
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
- State Bar of Minnesota
Professional & Community Affiliations
- Federal Bar Association
- Hennepin County Bar Association
- Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association
- Minnesota State Bar Association
- Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2013-2020)
- Selected to Super Lawyers list, Minnesota Super Lawyers (2019)
- Business Litigation
- Compliance and Anti-Corruption
- Insurance and Reinsurance
- Intellectual Property
- Pro Bono
- Products Liability
- White Collar Criminal Defense
J.D., University of Minnesota School of Law, magna cum laude
B.A., Carleton College, magna cum laude, Political Science
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P., Minneapolis, Minnesota
Piper Jaffray Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota; Marketing Coordinator, Mergers & Acquisitions Team; Corporate Finance; Research Associate, Research Department