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About David T. Bartels


David T. Bartels is an experienced business attorney, representing businesses, and their officers and directors, in government enforcement actions, class actions and complex commercial litigation, as well as transactional and regulatory issues.

His experience includes securities and government enforcement litigation, complex commercial litigation, and intellectual property litigation. Mr. Bartels advises corporate directors and defended individuals, companies, underwriters, financial institutions and accounting firms in shareholder class action and derivative lawsuits, merger and acquisition disputes and in proceedings before the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”). Mr. Bartels also has been involved with numerous internal investigations in connection with securities, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and antitrust issues for clients in the technology, healthcare, automotive and financial sectors.

In addition, Mr. Bartels has advised political action committees, business entities, and campaign committees on campaign finance, ethics and election law issues.

Mr. Bartels is a 2000 graduate of McGeorge Law School, where he was #1 in his class after his first year and graduated with the Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award.

Before starting his own firm, Mr. Bartels spent over three years with a boutique law firm in Orange County focused on high-stakes litigation and business and transactional advice. From 2010 to 2013, Mr. Bartels was with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, as a senior attorney in the FDIC’s Professional Liability & Financial Crimes Section, where he investigated and pursued potential claims against former officers, directors and professional advisors responsible for significant losses at failed banks.

Prior to working for the FDIC, Mr. Bartels worked at large, international law firms, including Fenwick & West LLP and Howrey LLP.

Mr. Bartels served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from 1990 to 1996.

Bar Admissions

California, 2000

U.S. District Court Northern District of California

U.S. District Court Central District of California

U.S. District Court Southern District of California

U.S. District Court Eastern District of California

U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit


Joseph Wasito

Law Clerk

Joseph Wasito is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Harvard University, and has 10 years experience with corporate financial transactions.  Mr. Wasito served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantry officer from 1988-1995.


Grady Glover


Grady Glover is a Sr. Paralegal and eDiscovery Manager for the firm. Mr. Glover has more than 15 years in advanced litigation support, eDiscovery, case management and trial/arbitration work. In addition to industry and eDiscovery certifications, Mr. Glover has a BS from CSU Los Angeles and an AS from Saddleback College. He previously worked as outside counsel (paralegal) for the FDIC, and has experience handling Complex Civil Litigation, White Collar and Government Enforcement Defense, Forensic Investigations, Real Estate and other complex business disputes. Mr. Glover is also a part-time instructor at UC Irvine and has become a recognized leader in the areas of eDiscovery and Legal Technology, also serving as Co-Chair of the Orange County Paralegal Association's Technology Section, since 2015.