Assistant: Ann Mertz
- J.D., University of Minnesota School of Law, magna cum laude (1998)
- B.A., Carleton College, magna cum laude, Political Science (1987)
- Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P., Minneapolis, Minnesota, Associate (1998-2007); Law Clerk (1997-1998)
- Piper Jaffray Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota; Marketing Coordinator, Mergers & Acquisitions Team; Corporate Finance (1991-1995); Research Associate, Research Department (1989-1991)
David Wallace-Jackson litigates complex matters in federal and state courts throughout the United States. He represents companies and individuals in complex business and intellectual property disputes, internal investigations and due diligence work, and white-collar criminal defense matters. Earlier this year, he was listed in Best Lawyers in America 2015 (along with six colleagues).
David routinely litigates complex cases involving contract, trade secret and unfair competition issues. He defends companies against product liability lawsuits and related agency investigations. David investigates international business conduct issues as they arise under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the U.K. Bribery Act. And he defends clients caught up in the criminal justice system.
David makes it a point to learn the technical issues of a case in a way that lets him explain complex points to an audience that does not have technical training.
BUSINESS LITIGATION: David has brought and defended business litigation matters for his entire career. He represented a manufacturer asserting claims for breach of contract, tortious interference, Lanham Act violations, and misappropriation of trade secrets, and defended that client against monopolization and tortious interference counterclaims. Other examples include representation of a family-owned, duty-free store operator in an antitrust, unfair competition, and wrongful interference with business litigation dispute against a world-wide operator of duty-free stores. He defended a national accounting firm facing negligence and malpractice claims arising from the collapse of a mutual fund. He represented an institutional, municipal bond trader in breach of contract case against former employer.
WHITE COLLAR CRIMINAL DEFENSE/INTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS:
David routinely defends clients in white-collar criminal cases and guides them through internal investigations of suspected wrongdoing. For example, he represented a medical device manufacturer involved in a Medicare fraud investigation in Illinois and Minnesota. He represented an executive with a large health insurer who was investigated by various federal agencies for the backdating of stock options. David represented officers for a commercial builder who were subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury in connection with a criminal antitrust investigation in Georgia involving allegations of bid rigging. David defended an accountant in a high profile, federal tax fraud prosecution.
David advises clients on issues associated with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and is regularly involved in conducting due diligence and internal investigations around the world.
PRODUCTS LIABILITY: Products liability cases have long been a cornerstone of David’s work. Recently, David successfully guided a client with a product at the center of investigations by the Chemical Safety Board, OSHA and other government agencies that concluded the product was not the root cause or a contributing factor in a large explosion. He went on to win summary judgment for the client in a related products liability claim. David obtained summary judgment from a state court in Michigan after his client’s product failed and the plaintiff became a quadriplegic as a result of severe injuries to his brain and spine. When a severely injured worker brought claims in a California state court after falling into an industrial mixer against David’s “target” client, David successfully resolved that litigation by allowing the plaintiff access to his client’s experts for use against the other defendants.
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
- State Bar of Minnesota
- Federal Bar Association
- Hennepin County Bar Association
- Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association
- Minnesota State Bar Association
AWARDS AND OTHER RECOGNITION
- Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2013-2017)
- Dana Award for Personal Achievement, Carleton College (1987)
- Chair, Carleton College Career Center Alumni Board
Compliance and Anti-Corruption
Internal Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense