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David W. Brown

David W. Brown

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

New York, NY, USA

A partner in the Litigation Department, David Brown focuses his practice primarily on white collar criminal matters, regulatory investigations, and securities and intellectual property litigation.


  • The National Football League in an investigation concerning workplace conduct at the Miami Dolphins following the departure of offensive lineman Jonathan Martin; 
  • The National Basketball Players Association in an investigation into allegations of nepotism, conflicts of interest and the potential misuse of union funds;
  • A former executive of mortgage giant Freddie Mac in an SEC enforcement action concerning disclosures regarding subprime mortgages;
  • Two of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the U.S. in government investigations relating to off-label marketing;
  • Skanska and Tutor Perini, two of the largest construction companies in the U.S., in government investigations concerning the utilization of minority-owned subcontractors;
  • Songwriters and music publishers in a landmark rate-making proceeding to set royalty fees for the reproduction and distribution of musical compositions under Section 115 of the Copyright Act; and
  • I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, chief of staff to former Vice President Dick Cheney, on perjury charges in U.S. v. Libby.

David also maintains an active pro bono practice. Recently, he has represented Success Academy Charter Schools in cases where plaintiffs sought to prevent the co-location of charter schools in school buildings owned by the New York City Department of Education. Recently, David was named to The National Law Journal’s inaugural Minority “40 Under 40” list as well as the Crain's New York Business “40 Under 40” list. David currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Harlem Link Charter School, and on the Board of Directors of the Council of Urban Professionals. David served as a notes editor of the Harvard Law Review.


Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
General Commercial Litigation
Internal Investigations
White Collar Crime & Regulatory Defense


J.D., Harvard Law School, 2000 cum laude
A.B., Harvard University, 1997 magna cum laude


Hon. Judith W. Rogers, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia


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