David F. Axelrod


David’s practice concentrates on responding to his clients’ most difficult legal challenges, which may include:

  • Civil and criminal tax controversies
  • Other financial and white collar crimes
  • Public corruption
  • Regulatory enforcement matters
  • Business litigation

He also regularly advises clients throughout the country on matters, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, corporate compliance programs, internal investigations, the False Claims Act, and health care fraud.

David was formerly a director in Deloitte Forensic and Dispute Services, where he co-led and led multi-disciplinary investigative teams in two European countries in what was then the largest Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation in history. Prior to Deloitte, he was a partner in another major law firm, where he handled both U.S.-based and international matters. As a special prosecutor for the State of Ohio, he prosecuted the largest Blue Sky securities case in the state’s history, culminating in a jury trial lasting almost six months. In addition, as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and Trial Attorney for the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice, David investigated and prosecuted a variety of white collar, narcotics, and other criminal cases. Upon graduation from law school, he was a law clerk for United States District Judge David Porter, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Media Mentions:

  • Following a four year grand jury investigation, served as lead counsel in the successful defense of a price fixing, bid rigging, and fraud case brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division. Discovery produced by the five prosecutors consisted of almost three terabytes of data, while their exhibit list was 160 pages long.  After a three week jury trial in U.S. District Court in Tampa, FL, the jury deliberated for two days before returning verdicts of “not guilty” on all counts.
  • Conducted an internal investigation for a public company into unlawful transactions with Cuban entities through subsidiaries in Canada and Spain. Assisted the company in making voluntary disclosures to the U.S.Department of Justice, the Office of Foreign Assets Control and the Securities and Exchange Commission.  As a result, no enforcement action taken against the company or any of its directors, officers or employees.
  • Represented a physician who was a target in a multi-year health care fraud investigation involving allegations of false diagnoses and billing fraud.Client avoided indictment and the statute of limitations has expired.All other known targets have been indicted and entered agreements to plead guilty.
  • As a special prosecutor for the State of Ohio, prosecuted the largest state securities fraud case in the history of the state, culminating in a trial lasting almost six months with verdicts of guilty on hundreds of counts of securities fraud.
  • Successfully represented a multi-billion dollar company in a customs investigation involving suspected double invoicing to evade duties, conducted an internal investigation and persuaded the government not to take enforcement action against the company or any of its directors, officers or employees.
  • Successfully represented a multi-billion dollar company in False Claims Act and government investigations involving alleged transshipment of merchandise in violation of U.S. Customs laws and conducted an internal investigation which led to a successful outcome.
  • Successfully prosecuted grievances against two judicial candidates, including hearings before the Ohio Supreme Court’s Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline.  One resulted in the candidate being fined, ordered to pay attorney fees and reprimanded.The other resulted in the candidate being fined and ordered to pay attorney fees.Penalties affirmed by the Ohio Supreme Court.
  • Briefed and argued a precedent-setting case, reversing the district court and establishing that a lawyer’s failure to identify the party for whom he made currency deposits caused the financial institution to file false currency transaction reports and therefore was an indictable offense.