David Peet is an associate in the litigation department and a member of the firm’s government enforcement practice group. David has a wide range of experience defending individuals and corporations against allegations of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and U.K. Bribery Act violations, Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act violations, export control violations, and financial and securities fraud. David has worked in a broad array of industries and has gained expertise in various high-risk international markets, from China to Brazil.
David has developed unique expertise on corruption issues in Latin America after having served as the lead associate on various matters in the region. He has worked in various countries in the region to conduct wide-ranging internal investigations, collaborate with local counsel on parallel investigations by foreign regulators, manage proactive compliance assessments and diligence efforts on potential third party partners and service providers, and train client personnel—in English and Spanish—on U.S. and foreign anticorruption laws. His foreign language capabilities allow him to effectively and efficiently collaborate with client contacts, local counsel, and other stakeholders located abroad in all facets of investigations, due diligence, or proactive compliance efforts.
As part of his pro bono practice, David has helped provide successful representation to a variety of clients in diverse settings, including political asylum seekers from Guatemala and El Salvador in immigration court, tenants in the Landlord-Tenant branch of the District of Columbia Superior Court, and national voter registration organizations in federal courts across the country.
David is also active in the firm’s Sports Law practice. He has extensive experience counseling both individuals and institutions at the Division I and Division II level in matters relating to compliance with, and enforcement of, the NCAA Bylaws.
- Represented multinational medical device company in industry-wide FCPA investigation involving company’s operations in Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, and Argentina.
- Conducted internal investigations of major multinational pharmaceutical company’s operations in Colombia in connection with whistleblower allegations of violations of the FCPA and the FDCA.
- Conducted internal investigation of major multinational pharmaceutical company’s operations in Italy, Portugal, France and Spain in connection with allegations of FCPA violations through improper delivery of drug products to physicians.
- Conducted proactive FCPA risk assessments for major multinational pharmaceutical company’s operations in Mexico, the UAE, and China.
- Conducted international investigations of major consumer products manufacturer’s operations in Vietnam in connection with whistleblower allegations of violations of the FCPA and accounting fraud.
- Developed and implemented FCPA compliance programs for multinational companies in various high-risk industries (e.g., private equity, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, construction, and medical device) and conducted FCPA acquisition diligence prior to and following close of deal.
- Successfully represented clients pro bono from Guatemala and El Salvador in both affirmative petitions for asylum and defensive actions before the Department of Homeland Security.
- Successfully petitioned NCAA Committee for Student-Athlete Reinstatement for waivers for student-athletes on behalf of Division I and Division II institutions.
- Represented employees at Division I institutions accused of having violated NCAA rules and regulations.
- Conducted internal investigation of head coach at major Division I institution accused of infringing NCAA rules and regulations.
- Co-author, “Mexico moves forward: Sweeping new anti-corruption regime, presidential apology,” The FCPA Blog (August 30, 2016)
- Co-author, “What Happens In Latin America No Longer Stays In Latin America,” Law360 (November 30, 2015)
- Co-author, "The Other Moneyball: Professional Sports Leagues and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act," Entertainment & Sports Lawyer (March 2014)
- “Deed of Mistrust?: The Use of Land Transfers to Evade the Establishment Clause,” 59 American University Law Review 129 (2009)
- Presenter, “Answering the Call: Student-Athlete Misconduct, Considerations for Coaches, and the Meaning of ‘Culture’” National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Convention, Houston, Texas (April 2016)