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David J. Berger specializes in corporate governance litigation and counseling. David has represented boards, companies, and investors in many of the country's most prominent corporate control and governance disputes, including representing Google in its adoption of its non-voting stock; Chevron in the successful litigation amending its bylaws to include a mandatory forum selection provision; AATI in the leading case involving Delaware's confidential arbitration program; Hewlett-Packard's board in its proxy contest and litigation to acquire Compaq; and Genentech in response to Roche's merger proposal.

David has been with WSGR since 1989. Among other leadership roles, he is currently the chair of the firm's Pro Bono Committee and a board member of WSGR's Venture Capital Fund. He previously served on the firm's board of directors and as chair of WSGR's Policy Committee.

In addition to representing boards of public and private companies, David also serves as counsel to a number of private equity firms, including Silver Lake Partners, Oak Hill Capital Partners, and Francisco Partners. Additionally, he served as counsel to the New York Stock Exchange's Proxy Working Group and acted as chief counsel to the NYSE Commission on Corporate Governance, which issued its final report in the fall of 2010. He was a participant in the Securities and Exchange Commission's Proxy Roundtable, and has taught corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and related classes at institutions such as Harvard Law School, Stanford University's Directors College, Stanford Law School, UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law, and Duke's Director Education Institute.

David is general counsel to the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee and has served on the board of directors of the California Culinary Academy (NASDAQ:COOK), as well as a number of nonprofit organizations, including the Smuin Ballet, the Wildlife Conservation Network, and San Francisco's classical music public radio station, KDFC.

  • Chevron
  • Copart
  • Cypress Semiconductor
  • Francisco Partners
  • Freescale Semiconductor
  • Genentech
  • Google
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Infospace
  • New York Stock Exchange
  • Nuance
  • Oak Hill Capital Partners
  • Quickturn Design Systems
  • Silver Lake Partners
  • TDAmeritrade
  • Tory Burch
  • ZAGG
  • J.D., Duke University School of Law, 1987
  • B.A., History, Duke University, 1982
    Magna Cum Laude
  • Member, Mergers and Acquisitions Editorial Advisory Board, Law360
  • Director, Global Capital Markets Center
  • Director, Silicon Valley Directors' Exchange
  • Director, Smuin Ballet
  • Director, Wildlife Conservation Network
  • Board Member, KDFC Classical Radio Station
  • Member, Advisory Board, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
  • Recipient, Jack W. Londen Award, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Named in Northern California Super Lawyers in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2007 edition of The Legal 500 US
  • Recipient, Martin Luther King Jr. Visionary Award, Lawyers' Committee on Civil Rights
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

David is a frequent speaker and lecturer on matters of corporate governance and control issues. His past speaking engagements have included presentations at:

  • American Bar Association
  • Directors' College, Stanford Law School
  • Directors' Education Institute at Duke University
  • Directors' Institute, Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
  • Practising Law Institute (PLI)
  • New York Stock Exchange
  • Law schools and business schools throughout the country, including teaching classes at Stanford, Harvard, and Duke

In addition, David recently participated in TheCorporateCounsel.net webcast entitled, "Exclusive Forum Bylaws: What Now?" as well as a New York Stock Exchange webcast entitled "The Proxy & Shareholder Communications Process" and the Silicon Valley Directors' Exchange's "Where to Pick a Fight: The Brave New World of Forum Selection Clauses and Shareholder Litigation." He also participated in the Corporate Board Member/NASDAQ Board Governance Series, addressing the topics of "Retaking Control of the Board Room Process: Three New Developments That Cause Directors to Lose Sleep" and "What Steps Can Boards Take Today That Will Make Them More Effective in the Future?"

  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of New York

Contact Information

650 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone | 650-320-4901
Fax | 650-493-6811

One Market Plaza
Spear Tower, Suite 3300
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone | 415-947-2000
Fax | 415-947-2099

Email | David Bergerdberger@wsgr.com

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