NorCal Criminal Division Chief Bolsters Growing Litigation & Government Enforcement Practice 

David Callaway, a highly regarded federal prosecutor and senior leader within the US Department of Justice, will join Baker McKenzie's North America Litigation & Government Enforcement practice. Mr. Callaway is an Assistant US Attorney and Chief of the Criminal Division in the US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California. He joins the Firm as a partner on September 12.

Mr. Callaway is a well-recognized practitioner in the Bay Area and augments an active and growing practice with more than 18 former prosecutors. The practice is currently handling more than a dozen global internal investigations and numerous domestic and multijurisdictional disputes. In addition, the Firm represents 28 of the top 30 companies in Silicon Valley, handling matters involving disputes, investigations, trade compliance, M&A, tax, data privacy, and employment and global equity, among other areas.

"Our clients are looking for experience and practical advice in a period of intense global uncertainty and increased regulatory enforcement," said Colin Murray, Managing Partner of the Firm's offices in the Bay Area and a former prosecutor. "Dave's experience handling litigation and cross-border investigations involving white collar crime, cybersecurity, FCPA and other areas will provide invaluable insight to our clients in the Bay Area and beyond."

Mr. Callaway brings almost thirty years of experience in criminal law and trial practice, including eighteen years as an Assistant United States Attorney, three years as a Deputy District Attorney in Santa Clara County, five years with a white collar criminal defense firm, and three years with the US Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, including tours in Panama and Korea. A fluent Spanish speaker, Mr. Callaway has taught trial practice to local prosecutors in Honduras, Colombia and Argentina.

As Chief of the Criminal Division, Mr. Callaway managed more than 90 federal prosecutors and approximately 60 support staff prosecuting federal criminal cases in every area, including economic crime and securities fraud, national security, public corruption, trade secret, OFAC and export enforcement, FCPA, and organized crime, among others. Earlier, he spent two years as a prosecutor in the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property unit in San Jose, and served as Chief of the Economic Crimes and Securities Fraud section. Mr. Callaway received the Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney in November 2003.

"Dave’s outstanding record as a criminal litigator, both on the prosecution side as well as the defense, will be extremely valuable to our clients worldwide, but especially in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco areas, where he has earned an impressive reputation as a skilled and persuasive courtroom advocate,” said Mark Taylor, Chair of the Firm's North American Litigation & Government Enforcement Practice. "His experience in Latin America also dovetails with our leading cross-border disputes capabilities in the Americas."

"I am excited to join Baker McKenzie," said Mr. Callaway. "Baker McKenzie is routinely recognized as one of the top firms in the legal industry. The Firm's commitment to growing its litigation and investigations team and the Firm's impressive roster of clients were major factors in my decision. I am looking forward to joining forces with the premier tax and business litigators the Firm has brought together in the Bay Area."

Mr. Callaway is the latest in a series of attorneys with government experience to join Baker McKenzie.  In recent months, the Firm added former Canadian Attorney General Peter MacKay, as well as former SEC litigator Rick Kirby, and former DOJ attorneys Mark Hamer, Ryan Fayhee and Maurice Bellan.  In addition, former US Treasury advisor Alexandra Minkovich joined in Washington, DC in 2015, and former federal prosecutor William "Widge" Devaney joined the Firm in New York in 2014.

The practice has also augmented its international arbitration capabilities, recently adding experienced practitioners
Maria Chedid in San Francisco, J.P. Duffy in New York and Luis O’Naghten in Miami.  Overall, the Firm has added 40 partners in North America in the last two years.

"We are aggressively expanding our litigation and government enforcement capabilities in the Bay Area and across the region," said Rick Hammett, Baker McKenzie's North American Managing Partner. "Dave’s award-winning trial skills, and many years of experience in handling complex white-collar criminal investigations, will be an enormous asset to our clients in this heightened global enforcement environment. He's a great example of the top caliber of talent joining Baker McKenzie."

About David Callaway

During his career as an Assistant United States Attorney, Mr. Callaway tried seven cases to verdict and prosecuted primarily white collar offenses, including mortgage, securities, tax, wire, and mail fraud, export enforcement, money laundering, cyber-crime, and forfeiture, from grand jury investigations and indictments through pretrial and trial phases, including motions, sentencings, appeals, and collateral proceedings.

In addition to serving as Chief of the Criminal Division and Chief of the Economic Crimes and Securities Fraud section, Mr. Callaway was Chief of the San Jose Branch office from 2009 to 2010; and Deputy Chief of the San Jose Branch office from 2006 to 2009. He has also served as Health Care Fraud coordinator, Bankruptcy Fraud coordinator, and Professional Responsibility Officer. He received the Executive Office for US Attorneys' Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant US Attorney in 2003.

Before joining the US Attorney's office, Mr. Callaway was a Deputy District Attorney in Santa Clara County from 1995 to 1998, where he tried approximately twenty-five cases to verdict in three years. For the five years before that he was an associate with Topel & Goodman, a criminal defense firm in San Francisco. Before joining Topel & Goodman, Mr. Callaway served for four years in the US Army, including three years with the Judge Advocate General’s Corps where he tried approximately ten general courts martial as a prosecutor and trial defense counsel in Panama, Korea, and Japan. He also served one year in the Chief Counsel’s Office of the US Army Corps of Engineers, in Washington, DC.

Mr. Callaway received his JD from Boalt Hall School of Law in 1985 and his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Santa Clara University in 1982.

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