David S. Steuer is a civil litigator and trial lawyer at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, with an emphasis on securities litigation, intellectual property matters, general commercial disputes, and employee/trade secrets issues. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Intellectual Property, and Litigation-Securities.
David has represented a host of well-known technology and life sciences companies, as well as many individual defendants. He has particular experience in the semiconductor, gaming, computer hardware and software, and telecommunications fields. He also frequently represents foreign-based clients, including Chinese firms.
His practice has included securities class action defense, corporate control litigation, patent infringement claims, generics ANDA litigation, trade secret claims, and complex commercial lawsuits. David has tried cases in both the federal and state courts of California; the federal courts of Virginia, Delaware, and the District of Columbia; and the International Trade Commission.
He has also represented clients in many arbitrations, both domestic and international. Additionally, David frequently practices before the Securities Exchange Commission and other state and federal agencies. In one trial, in which David obtained a defense verdict on a $100 million corporate opportunity claim, the trial judge remarked on the record, “Mr. Steuer, I thought your handling of the trial, your mastery of the documents, your questioning of the witnesses was as superb as I’ve seen.”
In 1986, David became an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and was elected a partner of the firm in 1989. From 1982 to 1983, David clerked for the Honorable Herbert Y.C. Choy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Following his clerkship, he worked as an associate with Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C.
- J.D., Harvard Law School, 1982
- B.A., History, Stanford University, 1979
ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
- Member, Board of Directors, Bay Area Legal Aid
- Member, Board of Directors, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Northern California Chapter
- Member, Lawyers Committee, National Center for State Courts
- Judicial Arbitrator, Santa Clara County Superior Court
- State Bar of California
- All California Federal Courts
- U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Ninth, Tenth, and Federal Circuits
- U.S. Supreme Court
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