David B. Leland
David Leland 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:

  • serving as trial counsel in the successful defense of a prominent motorsports attorney acquitted of conspiracy and tax evasion charges in United States v. Helio Castroneves, et al.;
  • conducting internal investigations into allegations of health care fraud and abuse, securities fraud, earnings guidance manipulation, improper revenue recognition practices, mail and wire fraud and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act;
  • representing companies and individuals in high-profile congressional investigations;
  • defending health care management corporations, medical device companies, and government contractors accused of violating the False Claims Act;
  • representing a medical device company in a civil and criminal investigation involving allegations of off-label promotion;
  • defending individuals in inspector general criminal and civil investigations;
  • representing “Big Four” accounting firms in fraud and auditor malpractice suits;
  • representing a software developer in a trademark infringement action against an Internet search engine;
  • representing insurance companies in class action litigation and criminal investigations in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina;
  • representing former corporate directors in a breach-of-fiduciary duty action brought by a bankruptcy trustee; and
  • advising clients on crisis management and media relations matters.

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


  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia

Government Service

  • 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)

David B. Leland

Partner, Government Enforcement and White Collar Crime; Litigation