David C. Soutter
David Soutter is an associate in the Boston office and a member of the firm’s Litigation and Enforcement practice group. He focuses his practice on complex commercial disputes, class-action lawsuits, securities fraud, and investigations.
David maintains a robust pro bono practice with a particular emphasis on cases affecting Veterans and related issues. He secured a favorable settlement for an Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran who had been sold an SUV with a rolled-back odometer and had been unable to resolve the issue for nearly two years. David is accredited with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (the “VA”) and has assisted Veterans in disability-rating appeals with the VA and in obtaining an honorable service characterization from the VA in order to receive benefits. David also worked for nearly two years to successfully obtain a Special Immigrant Visa for an Afghan woman who worked for the United States Government, but was forced to live in hiding due to death threats from the Taliban.
Prior to joining the firm, David clerked at the Rhode Island Supreme Court. Prior to law school, David served in the United States Army as a Military Intelligence Officer and continues to serve in the Army Reserves.
- Successfully represented a large private equity firm in post-deal, shareholder litigation.
- Represented a large financial services firm in a high-profile securities fraud litigation class-action lawsuit, obtaining a complete dismissal of the claim. Also, advised the firm in a related Securities and Exchange Commission investigation.
- Represented a biotechnology company in an investigation by the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts.
- Represented a large multinational private equity group in an internal investigation into allegations of corruption in an energy deal in Africa.
- Represented several biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies as well as private equity firms and multinational corporations in Initial Public Offerings, secondary offerings and private placements.
- Member of Ropes team representing Shire plc in its $32 billion combination with Baxalta Incorporated for a combination of cash and stock and its acquisition of Dyax Corp. for $5.9 billion in cash plus contingent value rights.
- Member of Ropes team successfully defeating a motion to dismiss for transgender individuals in Puerto Rico challenging Puerto Rico’s ban on correcting the gender marker on birth certificates.
- Barber v. Bryant - member of Ropes team representing amici curiae GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) in an en banc petition to the Fifth Circuit regarding a constitutionality review of an anti-LGBTQ measure enacted by the Mississippi legislature.
- Co-Author, “First Circuit Adopts ‘Arm of the State’ Test to Affirm Dismissal of FCA Complaint,” Ropes & Gray Client Alert (September 9, 2016)
- “Third Circuit Holds First Amendment Protects Off-Campus Internet Speech from School Discipline,” 45 Suffolk University Law Review 1341 (2012)
- “Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Distinguishes from Thompkins’ Unambiguous Invocation Requirement of Right to Remain Silent,” 46 Suffolk University Law Review 310 (2012)
- “Supreme Court in King to Decide if Police Can Collect DNA Samples from Arrestees,” 1 Suffolk University Law Review Online 47 (Apr. 22, 2013)
- JD, summa cum laude, Suffolk University Law School, 2013; lead articles editor, Suffolk University Law Review; Suffolk University Law Faculty Outstanding Day Student (2013)
- BA (International Affairs), The George Washington University, 2000