David is an accomplished trial attorney, a seasoned criminal and civil litigator, and a trusted counselor to institutions and individuals. His practice focuses on government investigations and enforcement matters, white collar criminal defense, complex commercial litigation, data privacy and security, and regulatory and compliance advice. David has experience in both criminal and civil cases across a broad spectrum of white collar specialties, including healthcare fraud, qui tam matters, bank, wire and mail fraud, tax fraud, cybercrime, identity theft, bankruptcy, and general commercial disputes.
Prior to founding Abell Eskew Landau LLP (AEL), David had a distinguished career in public service serving in two U.S. Attorneys’ Offices. During his tenure as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) in the District of New Jersey, David held multiple supervisory positions, including most recently the position of Chief of the Health Care & Government Fraud Unit. In that role, David supervised a team of both criminal and civil AUSAs investigating and prosecuting cases against major multinational pharmaceutical companies, hospital systems, pharmacies, healthcare companies, doctors, and other medical professionals involving violations of Title 18 of the United States Code, the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, the federal False Claims Act, the Food Drug & Cosmetic Act, the Health Insurance Portability & Protection Act (HIPAA), and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. David was also responsible for managing New Jersey’s notable healthcare qui tam practice, making intervention and declination decisions on a wide variety of parallel civil and criminal healthcare investigations.
Over the course of his career in public service, David personally litigated and supervised hundreds of complex investigations and cases involving healthcare fraud, bribery, government fraud, computer fraud, securities fraud, bank and wire fraud, mortgage fraud, identity theft, tax fraud, civil rights violations, and environmental violations. He has tried a dozen federal cases of both criminal and civil violations, on both the prosecution and defense side.
With this extensive experience, David helps institutions and individuals navigate uncertain high-stakes government investigations and prosecutions, counsels providers on complex regulatory issues, assists practices in the creation, maintenance, and enforcement of internal compliance programs, leads clients to victory in whistleblower actions and complex commercial disputes, and zealously defends clients against criminal charges.
David has spoken at various conferences and panels addressing the DOJ’s white collar and healthcare enforcement policies and priorities, the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, the federal False Claims Act, parallel proceedings, and corporate compliance. David also taught a college course on Cybercrime.
Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, David was an associate at a prestigious international law firm in New York City where he focused on creditors’ rights and restructuring matters. He also served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Stuart M. Bernstein, Chief Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York.