David Callaway, an experienced federal and state prosecutor, is a partner in Goodwin’s White Collar Defense and Government Investigations & Enforcement Litigation practices. He has more than 30 years of experience in criminal law and trial practice, including 18 years as an Assistant United States Attorney. He has tried over 30 federal, state, and military cases to verdict.

Mr. Callaway advises individuals and public and private companies, ranging from Fortune 100 companies to tech startups, on a wide range of commercial litigation and internal investigations. He handles criminal matters related to economic crime and securities fraud, national security, public corruption, cybercrime, trade secret, enforcement by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, organized crime, and money laundering. Mr. Callaway speaks fluent Spanish and represents international clients particularly in Central and South America.

Mr. Callaway provides alternative dispute resolution advice, including litigation avoidance counseling, arbitration, implementation of policies and remedial actions, as well as the development of compliance protocols, particularly FCPA, anti-bribery, and anti-corruption policies, training, and due diligence.

As Chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California, Mr. Callaway oversaw the prosecution of all federal criminal cases in the district. He also served as chief of the Economic Crimes and Securities Fraud section, and chief and deputy chief of the San Jose branch office. Earlier in his career, Mr. Callaway was a Deputy District Attorney in Santa Clara County, California, after beginning his legal career as a military prosecutor and defense attorney in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps.





Recent matter include representing:

  • The co-founder of a drone startup in civil litigation and a criminal investigation brought by the San Francisco District Attorney's office arising from allegations that the company's marketing campaign misled consumers
  • The founder and CEO of a fiber optics equipment manufacturer in parallel criminal and civil actions brought by the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission, respectively, alleging insider trading in the company's own shares
  • The founder and CEO of a healthcare company in a qui tam action brought under the civil False Claims Act
  • A number of corporate and individual clients in investigations and enforcement matters related to initial coin offerings (ICOs) or digital token sales
  • A digital currency trading group in an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • A decentralized virtual reality platform based on blockchain technology, and located in South America, in response to an inquiry by the SEC
  • A privately held tech company in a civil trial in Alameda County brought by two former employees alleging workplace retaliation


While at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California, Mr. Callaway received the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys' Director's Award for Superior Performance.

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J.D., 1985
University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
Santa Clara University
(summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)





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U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
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