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David J. Berger

David J. Berger

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Palo Alto, CA, USA

David J. Berger is a member of the board of directors at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and chair of the Policy Committee. David is also chair of the Pro Bono Committee, and he serves on the board of the firm's venture capital fund.

David is a leader in Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's corporate governance practice. He specializes in representing officers, directors, and shareholders in corporate control contests and mergers and acquisitions. He has had a leading role in many of the most prominent corporate control and governance disputes in Silicon Valley, including representing Hewlett-Packard's board in its proxy contest and litigation to acquire Compaq; Genentech in response to Roche's merger proposal; the Special Committee of Freescale Semiconductor in one of the largest going-private transactions in the technology arena; 3PAR in its auction and eventual sale to HP; Ameritrade in its merger with TD Waterhouse and, subsequently, TD Ameritrade in a variety of matters; and Pixar in its merger with Walt Disney.

David also serves as counsel to a number of private equity firms, including Francisco Partners. Additionally, he served as counsel to the New York Stock Exchange's Proxy Working Group and acted as chief counsel to the NYSE Commission on Corporate Governance, which issued its final report in the fall of 2010. He was a participant in the Securities and Exchange Commission's Proxy Roundtable, and has taught corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and related classes at institutions such as Harvard Law School, Stanford University's Directors College, Stanford Law School, UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law, and Duke's Director Education Institute.

David maintains an active pro bono and public service practice. He was one of the lead counsel in a case that successfully challenged the use of written tests to determine disability qualifications under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and also led a multi-week trial in a federal court in San Francisco to end discrimination in county-contracting processes. David has served on the board of directors of the California Culinary Academy (NASDAQ:COOK), as well as the Smuin Ballet, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center of San Francisco, and the Legal Community Against Violence.


J.D., Duke University School of Law, 1987
B.A., History, Duke University, 1982
  Magna Cum Laude


Director, Global Capital Markets Center
Director, Smuin Ballet
Member, Advisory Board, Corporate & Takeover Law
Member, Advisory Board, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Member, Advisory Board, National Association of Corporate Directors,
Silicon Valley Chapter


Named in Northern California Super Lawyers in 2010, 2011, and 2012
Selected for inclusion in the 2007 edition of The Legal 500 US
Martin Luther King Jr. Visionary Award, Lawyers' Committee on Civil Rights
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell


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