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David M. Rhodes

Senior Counsel

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David M. Rhodes

David M. Rhodes

Senior Counsel

People

David M. Rhodes

David M. Rhodes

Senior Counsel

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David Rhodes has nearly two decades of experience litigating insurance and business disputes before federal and state courts and arbitrators. He has successfully defended clients against many types of claims including those relating to: insurance coverage under professional liability and other kinds of policies; bad faith insurance claims handling; real estate claims; appraisals; breach of corporate and joint venture fiduciary duties; securities fraud class actions; corporate governance and business judgment issues; and breach of contract. David also represents insurance companies in pursuing subrogation claims to recover amounts paid to their policy-holders from third parties. His broad litigation experience includes early litigation planning and strategy, pre-trial motions and discovery, trial, and post-trial practice.

David clerked at the Federal Court of Appeal of Canada and worked at an international law firm in London.

Admissions

  • California 

Education

  • LL.M., Harvard Law School, 2000
  • LL.B., with great distinction,McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1998
  • B.C.L., with great distinction, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1998

Memberships

  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
Experience
  • Obtained summary judgment for an excess insurance company relating to claims arising out of a deadly industrial accident
  • Obtained summary judgment for an insurance company on a professional liability claim arising out of brokering of non-admitted marine insurance
  • Pursuing a number of subrogation actions on behalf of insurers
  • Defended a corporate executive against federal securities fraud claims brought by the SEC
  • Defended a major bank against federal securities class action claims
  • Defended a company, its board and its owner against claimed breaches of fiduciary duty in a going-private transaction
  • Defended a major precious metals trading firm against claims by the CFTC that it violated novel federal commodity trading laws
  • Defended a global oil company against claims of misuse of proprietary information in investing in the former Soviet Union
  • Defended a global oil company in arbitration against claims of breach-of-contract, RICO, fraud and improper accounting

Presentations

  • “A Primer on the EB-5 Investor Immigration Program,” Real Estate Investors Association of Orange County, California, October 2014
  • “Insider Trading: Aggressive Enforcement and Some Thoughts on How to Stay Out of Trouble,” Beta Sigma Business School Alumni Honors Society, San Francisco, California, June 2013
  • “Lessons From Litigation: How to Protect Yourself in Establishing a Real Estate Joint Venture,” Real Estate Investors Association of Orange County, California, October 2012

Publications

  • Co-author, “Insider Trading Enforcement Is Getting Faster, More Aggressive and More Sophisticated,” Orange County Business Journal, April 2013
  • Co-author, “Reverse Mergers and the Rise of SEC Investigations and Shareholder Lawsuits Involving Chinese Companies Listed on US Stock Exchanges,” Bloomberg Law Reports, March 2012

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