Diversity & Inclusion
Criminal and Civil Enforcement Matters and Complex Civil Litigation
David Leland is a partner in Skadden’s International Government Enforcement and White Collar Crime Group and a member of the criminal and civil litigation practice of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He represents corporations, officers, directors and employees in connection with criminal, civil, administrative and congressional proceedings.
Mr. Leland’s practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, complex civil litigation, and health care and SEC enforcement actions at all stages, from the inception of the investigation through trial. He has defended corporations and individuals in the United States and abroad against allegations of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, health care fraud, False Claims Act violations, tax evasion, government procurement fraud, mail and wire fraud, false statements, computer fraud, bank fraud, securities fraud and trade sanctions violations. Mr. Leland conducts internal investigations on behalf of major corporations, boards of directors and audit committees. As a former senior congressional aide, he also advises clients on congressional investigations and legislative matters.
Some of Mr. Leland’s representations have included:
Prior to joining Skadden, Mr. Leland served as a congressional staff member for nearly eight years. Between 1992 and 1996, he served on the legislative staff of U.S. Rep. William F. Clinger, Jr., chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. From 1996 until 1999, Mr. Leland worked for U.S. Rep. Charles F. Bass as policy and staff director. Mr. Leland served as the congressman’s top advisor in Washington, managing a staff of eight legislative, communications and administrative employees. Aside from his managerial duties, he was responsible for overseeing all legislative and policy initiatives; drafting legislation, speeches and floor statements; devising and implementing legislative, political and press strategies; and serving as the media spokesman for Rep. Bass.
J.D., George Washington University Law School, 2000 (High Honors; Editor-in-Chief, The George Washington Law Review; Order of the Coif; Anne Wells Branscomb Award)
M.B.A., Finance, Johns Hopkins University, 2007
B.A., Political Science and Economics, University of New Hampshire, 1992
Legislative Director/Legislative Assistant/Legislative Correspondent, U.S. Rep. William F. Clinger, Jr. (1992-1996)
Policy and Staff Director/Legislative Director, U.S. Rep. Charles F. Bass (1996-1999)
Law Clerk, Hon. Thomas Penfield Jackson, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (2000-2001)
Law Clerk, Hon. Morton I. Greenberg, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (2001-2002)