Palo Alto, California 94304
David J. Berger specializes in corporate governance litigation and counseling. David has represented boards, companies, and investors in many of the country's most prominent corporate control and governance disputes, including representing Google in its adoption of its non-voting stock; Chevron in the successful litigation amending its bylaws to include a mandatory forum selection provision; AATI in the leading case involving Delaware's confidential arbitration program; Hewlett-Packard's board in its proxy contest and litigation to acquire Compaq; and Genentech in response to Roche's merger proposal.
David has been with WSGR since 1989. Among other leadership roles, he is currently the chair of the firm's Pro Bono Committee and a board member of WSGR's Venture Capital Fund. He previously served on the firm's board of directors and as chair of WSGR's Policy Committee.
In addition to representing boards of public and private companies, David also serves as counsel to a number of private equity firms, including Silver Lake Partners, Oak Hill Capital Partners, and 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 is general counsel to the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, has served on the board of directors of the California Culinary Academy (NASDAQ:COOK), as well as a number of nonprofit organizations, including the Smuin Ballet, the Wildlife Conservation Network, and San Francisco's classical music public radio station, KDFC.
|Areas of Practice||1) Securities Litigation, 2) Corporate Law & Governance, 3) Internal & Government Investigations, 4) Litigation and 5) Mergers & Acquisitions|
|Law School||Duke University School of Law (J.D., 1987)|
|Education||Duke University (B.A.,1982)|
|Bar Member / Association||California State Bar Association, New York State Bar Association|
|Most recent firm||Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati|
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