David J. Berardinelli

PARTNER - Pittsburgh Office



T 412.227.3135
berardinelli@deforestlawfirm.com

David's work focuses on individual and corporate white-collar criminal defense, commercial, business, shareholders’ rights, employment litigation, and products liability matters, as well as advising clients concerning government and regulatory investigations.

David has tried dozens of cases in both state and federal courts, as well as in private arbitration, and has argued in the U.S. Courts of Appeals on multiple occasions.

Currently, David's White Collar and Investigations practice helps companies and individuals confronted with the weight and worry of government investigations and prosecutions. David provides sound advice and guidance based on a wealth of experience and knowledge, assisting clients through the trials and tribulations of the criminal process. David represents clients in all aspects of white collar crime and regulation, including: criminal tax violations, FCPA violations, money laundering, DBE fraud, Health Care fraud, Stark Act and Anti-Kickback violations, government contracting fraud, False Claims Act allegations, export violations, FDA violations, securities fraud, public corruption, environmental crimes, and banking offenses.

Besides his white collar criminal defense and investigations work, David has litigated—and tried—a broad variety of civil matters, including trade secrets, restrictive covenants, business fraud, breach of contract, employment discrimination, minority shareholder freeze-out claims, products liability and personal injury defense.

From 2000 to July 2005, David left private practice to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. There, he handled a variety of criminal prosecutions and investigations and worked closely with representatives of financial institutions, including internal auditors, compliance officers, and counsel, as well as corporate representatives. For several years, David specialized in investigating complex international money laundering and narcotics importation cases.

A native of Altoona, Pennsylvania, David has served as a faculty member for the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Allegheny County Bar Association, and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute to instruct other lawyers on topics related to white-collar crime.

David was named Best Lawyers’ 2019 Pittsburgh Lawyer of the Year for Criminal Defense: White Collar.



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