David M. Balabanian

David Balabanian is a litigator with more than 40 years of experience handling, high-stakes commercial litigation, including securities, energy, and antitrust cases and takeover battles. He has also served as an expert on matters of professional responsibility.

The sources quoted in Chambers USA 2014 describe him as “exceptional — very efficient, very practical and able to take a holistic approach to complex matters.” He has been listed in all editions of The Best Lawyers in America, and in 2011 and 2013 was voted the San Francisco Antitrust Lawyer of the Year.

David was president of the Bar Association of San Francisco; chairman of the California Conference of Delegates; lawyer delegate to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference; trustee of the Practising Law Institute; and a member of the Harvard Law School Visiting Committee.

David has taught more than 150 continuing legal education courses and has written extensively on topics relating to law practice, particularly management of large, complex cases. He was a member of the commission that wrote the California Judicial Council’s Deskbook on the Management of Complex Civil Litigation and currently serves on the California State Bar Task Force charged with recommending changes in the criteria for bar admission to increase practice-readiness.

He is known for his accessibility and rapid response, and for his personal involvement in all matters entrusted to his care. He received his education at Harvard College, Oxford University and the Harvard Law School, and he is admitted to practice in California, New York and the District of Columbia as well as before the U.S. Supreme Court and many federal District and Circuit Courts.

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Areas of Practice 1) Antitrust, 2) Competition and Trade Regulation, 3) Class Actions, 4) Commercial Litigation, 5) Consumer Products Litigation, 6) Energy, 7) Financial Institutions Regulatory, 8) Enforcement and Litigation, 9) Healthcare, 10) Insurance and 11) Insurance Litigation
Law School Harvard Law School, J.D.
Education Harvard College, B.A.
Bar Member / Association California State Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, District of Columbia State Bar Association
Most recent firm Bingham McCutchen LLP
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