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District of Columbia

Practice area:

White collar crime

David Zinn is Co-Chair of the firm’s Criminal Defense and Investigations practice. David is regularly recognized as a leader in the white collar bar by Chambers USA, Legal 500, Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading White Collar Lawyers, Washingtonian magazine, Best Lawyers in America, and Super Lawyers. He is described in Chambers USA as “a superb and creative advocate” and has been ranked by Chambers among the top dozen white collar defense lawyers in Washington.

David has represented clients in connection with indictments and/or investigations involving allegations of securities, bank, accounting, and tax fraud; criminal antitrust violations; public corruption; money laundering violations; and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations. David’s matters frequently involve investigations by the SEC, the CFTC, and/or state attorneys general, as well as related civil litigation. Many matters also involve investigations by foreign prosecuting and/or regulatory authorities.

David’s clients have included significant multinational companies, U.S. public companies, and individual executives. 

David is the former national Co-Chair of American Bar Association’s White Collar Crime Committee. He is former Co-Chair of the ABA’s White Collar Crime Subcommittee on Transnational Crimes. He has also served on the advisory board for the American Bankers’ Association/American Bar Association annual money laundering conference.

David is a native of Washington, D.C. He received his B.A. from Brown University in 1986, before going to Harvard Law School. David clerked for Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, then worked as an attorney and special assistant to the general counsel of the CIA, specializing in Congressional testimony and investigations, before joining Williams & Connolly in 1993. He lives in the Washington area with his wife, Ellen, and their three children.


Updated Oct 2021