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David M. Rody

David M. Rody

Sidley Austin LLP

New York, NY, USA

Dave Rody is a former federal prosecutor with extensive trial and investigative experience in both the public and private sectors, including as a long-time senior unit chief in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. He has served as lead or co-lead counsel in more than a dozen significant federal jury trials, on charges ranging from insider trading and drug diversion, to terrorism and capital murder. Mr. Rody has also directed hundreds of investigations in a wide variety of matters, including securities fraud, bank fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, off-label promotion, obstruction of justice, extortion, narcotics trafficking, and racketeering. During his years of government service, Mr. Rody earned a reputation as one of the most experienced and successful trial lawyers in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, convicting all defendants in all trials, including several that lasted two months or more. Mr. Rody has also briefed and argued numerous criminal appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Mr. Rody’s practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, securities enforcement matters, FDA and healthcare enforcement matters, internal corporate investigations, corporate compliance counseling, and complex commercial litigation. He regularly represents individuals and corporations before the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York State Department of Financial Services, and other government and regulatory agencies.

Recent Engagements

Mr. Rody’s recent engagements include:

  • the representation at trial in the Southern District of New York of a hedge fund manager charged with insider-trading by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and in a parallel civil enforcement proceeding brought by the SEC;
  • the representation of a hedge fund in connection with separate investigations by the SEC into insider-trading and foreign currency exchange manipulation;
  • the representation of a key executive of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities in connection with the ongoing investigation and prosecution of individuals associated with Madoff’s ponzi scheme by the U.S. Attorney’s Office;
  • the representation of a pharmaceutical services company in connection with separate off-label promotion investigations by federal authorities and state attorneys general;
  • the representation of leading U.S. insurance companies in connection with separate inquiries by the New York State Department of Financial Services;
  • the representation of international investment and commercial banks regarding anti-corruption advice and compliance.


  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Securities & Derivatives Enforcement and Regulatory
  • White Collar: Government Litigation & Investigations


  • Anti-Money Laundering
  • Antitrust and Unfair Competition
  • Antitrust Government Investigations
  • Compliance Counseling - White Collar
  • FCPA/Anti-Corruption
  • FDA Enforcement
  • Government Contracting, Bid Protests and the False Claims Act
  • Grand Jury Investigations
  • Healthcare Enforcement
  • Healthcare Fraud
  • Hedge Funds
  • Insider Trading
  • Internal Investigations
  • Investment Advisers and Mutual Funds
  • National Security
  • Sports
  • Trials


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. of New York, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, S.D. of New York, 2011
  • District of Columbia, 1996
  • New York, 2011


  • The University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1995), with honors
  • Brown University (B.A., 1989), magna cum laude


  • Denise Cote, U.S. District Court, S.D. of New York
  • Dennis G. Jacobs, U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit

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