Provided by David A Gordon
DAVE GORDON has led winning teams in numerous high-profile cases involving challenging financial, economic, and accounting issues. He is a member of Sidley’s Executive Committee, the head of Sidley’s 150+ lawyer Litigation group in the firm’s Chicago office, and the co-leader of Sidley’s global Accountants and Professional Liability practice.
Dave is an experienced trial lawyer and has served as lead counsel in numerous high-stakes federal and state court proceedings, arbitrations, and administrative proceedings. Dave has prevailed on dispositive motions in cases with alleged damages totaling billions of dollars. He has won at trial for both plaintiffs and defendants, including obtaining a $62 million judgment as a plaintiff and obtaining complete defense victories.
Dave’s experience spans a variety of substantive areas. He has represented Fortune 500 companies and individuals in a wide range of commercial litigation matters across the country, including cases involving allegations of breaches of contracts and warranties, breaches of fiduciary duty, defamation, fraud, fraudulent transfers, negligence, negligent misrepresentation, tortious interference, and unjust enrichment. He is also highly experienced in representing issuers, officers, and boards of directors in securities and shareholder matters, including class actions, derivative cases, and related matters. He also has represented each of the Big Four accounting firms and numerous professional services firms from around the world.
In addition to his extensive litigation work, Dave has conducted numerous internal investigations of alleged employee or corporate wrongdoing for corporations, boards, and board committees. He also has successfully represented institutions and individuals in investigations initiated by the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) involving virtually every one of the Division’s offices. Such representations have included investigations involving allowances for doubtful accounts, auditor independence, cybersecurity, disclosures, impairments, insider trading, internal controls, inventory, loan loss reserves, misappropriation of funds, non-GAAP measures, pensions, real estate, revenue recognition, stock options backdating, and subprime lending, among many others. Dave has successfully represented institutions and individuals in matters before the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), as well as the U.S. Department of Justice (in Washington and various U.S. Attorneys’ Offices), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, state law enforcement authorities, and state and local regulators.
David Gordon has experience across a range of commercial disputes, including large-scale, cross-border mandates involving accounting concerns.
"He has been a critical team member throughout the litigation, providing outstanding legal analysis, drafting, and strategy. His vision for the case itself has guided us to success." "Dave's leadership, strategic vision and advocacy are unparalleled."