David L. Aronoff

Partner

Los Angeles
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Overview

David Aronoff is a partner in BakerHostetler’s Litigation Group. David is recognized as a leading litigator in the United States. He is noted for his high level of skill and expertise as a trial lawyer by publications and rankings such as Chambers USA, Best Lawyers, California Super Lawyers and Lawyer of the Year. Drawing from almost three decades of courtroom experience, David has represented private and public companies at trial in federal and state courts, before arbitration panels and as a lead investigator. David has extensive experience representing businesses in various sectors, including finance, media, sports, manufacturing, real estate and technology. He represents corporate clients and individuals in the most sensitive areas, investigations and enforcement actions by governmental agencies, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, as well as states’ Attorneys General offices. His words have appeared in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, and he has spoken on a range of topics, including securities class actions, consumer class actions, complex litigation and internal investigation strategies.

Over his many years of experience, David has conducted more than 25 jury trials and at least 50 court trials and arbitrations. He has argued hundreds of motions before various types of tribunals. Not only is David a fierce advocate for clients, he has also been noted by Chambers USA as a business lawyer with a practical and pragmatic approach to solving problems. David has been brought into difficult and polarizing situations, only to succeed in reaching creative solutions where others have not.

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  • Lead investigator in over 20 internal investigations for public and private companies in sectors such as media, finance, sports, manufacturing and technology. Many of these confidential investigations typically involve serious and sensitive issues. David coordinates his efforts with special committees, boards of directors and senior management.
  • Represented clients, both corporate and individuals, in testimony before the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Represented clients in nationwide class actions and individual cases resulting in successful jury trial defense verdicts and resolutions defeating claims for hundreds of millions of dollars in damages from allegations of traumatic brain injury, and concussions relating to athletic activities.
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Experience

  • Lead investigator in over 20 internal investigations for public and private companies in sectors such as media, finance, sports, manufacturing and technology. Many of these confidential investigations typically involve serious and sensitive issues. David coordinates his efforts with special committees, boards of directors and senior management.
  • Represented clients, both corporate and individuals, in testimony before the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Represented clients in nationwide class actions and individual cases resulting in successful jury trial defense verdicts and resolutions defeating claims for hundreds of millions of dollars in damages from allegations of traumatic brain injury, and concussions relating to athletic activities.
  • Lead counsel in disputes and claims of real estate developers relating to real estate assets located in southern California. David successfully obtained judgments of over $500 million dollars for his client.
  • Represented broker-dealers, clearing companies and related parties in investigations and enforcement proceedings brought by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in claims alleging market manipulation, insider trading, records and regulatory compliance issues, successfully resulting in no action letters and other favorable resolutions.
  • Represented major national public and private companies in litigating and counseling on cutting edge, evolving application of state and federal consumer privacy laws.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2020 to Present)
    • California: Commercial Litigation
  • Chambers USA: General Commercial Litigation in California 
    • Notable Practitioner (2014)

Memberships

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers

Community

  • Alzheimer's Association
  • American Technion Society: Board of Directors
  • San Francisco-Shanghai Sister City Committee

Pro Bono

  • Represented military veterans in all branches in connection with rehabilitation and upgrading discharge status to honorable discharge.

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • California

Education

  • J.D., Southwestern Law School, 1990
  • B.A., University of Southern California, 1985