David A. Battaglia is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, having joined the firm in 1987. A senior member of the firm’s Litigation Department, Mr. Battaglia has extensive and successful first-chair trial experience in business cases in federal and state courts, and in arbitration, with a principal focus on complex matters (see list below). He has prevailed on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants.
He has been named one of the “Best Lawyers in America,” and is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. He is the immediate Past President of the Board of Governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers in Los Angeles (over 1,500 members), and has served on the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He was elected as a member of the Chancery Club in 2015.
Mr. Battaglia has substantial and diverse industry and subject matter experience. He has been the lead litigator in numerous corporate control contests and hostile takeovers, related securities litigation, and DOJ, SEC, and state government investigations.
He successfully has tried and managed consumer mass and class actions, for-profit education disputes, entertainment litigation, and eminent domain and other real estate matters. The breadth of his practice also includes matters in the fields of energy and natural resources and defense contracting and infrastructure.
A sample of clients he is representing and has represented include Motorcar Parts of America Inc., Sempra Energy, Parsons Corp., General Growth Properties Inc., J. H. Whitney Capital Partners, Emulex Corp., Computer Sciences Corp., Farmers Insurance Exchange, Tiffany & Co., ITT Educational Services Inc., International Education Corp., CBS Inc., Sony Music Entertainment Inc., Fox Sports, Southern California Gas Co., San Diego Gas & Electric Co., AGL Resources Inc., General Electric, Encana Corp., Raytheon, Hughes Missile Systems Co., National Crane, K2 Industries Inc., Spark Networks, UberMedia, Peoplesoft Corp., Metromedia Inc., and Pinnacle Entertainment Inc.
He has been admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court; federal courts of appeal for the Fourth, Fifth, Ninth and D.C. Circuits; federal district courts in California, the District of Columbia, Florida, New York, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; and all courts in the State of California and in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Battaglia is a graduate of Georgetown University with honors, and a double major in English and Government. He earned his law degree in 1987 at the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. Prior to joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Mr. Battaglia worked for a member of Congress in Washington, D.C.
He currently is on the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, which serves 40,000 girls and young women annually. He also served on the Board of Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to mental health which helps 9,000 children annually in the Los Angeles area. He and his wife Julie live in La Cañada Flintridge, California.
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