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David H. Kistenbroker

Dechert LLP

Chicago, IL, USA


David H. Kistenbroker is Managing Partner of the Chicago office, Chair of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice, and Co-Chair of the Securities Litigation and Corporate Governance Practices. He is also a member of the firm's Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.

Mr. Kistenbroker has worked with a variety of major companies and their directors and officers, including: The Boeing Company, Century Business Services, Inc., Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, HSBC Bank USA, DT Industries, Inc., Kmart Inc., Krispy Kreme Donuts, Inc., OM Group, Inc., Siegel-Robert, Inc., Talx Corporation, Cardean Learning Group, Exide Technologies, Inc., Merge Technologies Incorporated, Ben Franklin Retail Stores, Inc., Cerner Corporation, Enterasys Networks, Inc., Acceptance Insurance Company, Inc., Waste Management, Inc., Career Education Corporation, United Recycling Industries, Inc., Keithley Instruments, Inc., ABC Naco, Inc., Applied Digital Solutions, Inc., Charter Communications, Muzak Holdings LLC, McLeodUSA Inc., New York Community Bancorp, Inc., School Specialty, Inc., SSA Global Technologies, Inc., Crown Media Holdings, Inc., Midway Games Inc., iStar Financial, FC Stone Group, Inc., MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc., thinkorswim Group Inc., Whitney Holdings Corporation, American Greetings Corporation, HighTower, Quixote Corporation, AON Corporation, Meta Financial Group, Solarwinds Inc., Tekelec.

Mr. Kistenbroker's practice is focused on the representation of publicly traded companies and their directors and officers in securities class actions, SEC investigations, and corporate governance disputes. He has been selected by his peers as one of Illinois' leading trial lawyers and was featured in The National Law Journal for having one of the top ten defense verdicts in the nation. He was recognized in Benchmark: America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys (2008-2011) published by Legal Media Group, has been listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2008-2010) in the area of General Commercial Litigation, and was named to the 2010 Directorship 100 list of the most influential people in corporate governance and the boardroom. Mr. Kistenbroker is Co-Chair of the Annual Securities Litigation and Enforcement Institute for the Practising Law Institute. Mr. Kistenbroker is a frequent lecturer on securities litigation and directors and officers insurance matters and corporate governance.

Mr. Kistenbroker earned his Juris Doctor in 1980 from Marquette University School of Law, his M.A. in political science in 1977 from Marquette University and his B.S. in 1975, magna cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He is admitted to the bars of the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Circuits, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois and the Eastern District of Wisconsin. He is also a member of the Trial Bar for the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

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