David Massey is the Co-Chair of RK&O’s Litigation Department and has more than 20 years of experience litigating government enforcement actions and financial disputes. Mr. Massey serves as lead counsel to companies, board committees and individuals in high-profile cross-border white collar investigations, prosecutions and civil litigation. Mr. Massey joined RK&O as a partner in 2013 after serving nine years as a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York (SDNY). more +
Mr. Massey has obtained favorable results for clients in all kinds of cases. He negotiated the first corporate Deferred Prosecution Agreement in the DOJ’s FIFA investigation; he regularly represents board committees and board directors in internal investigations and civil litigation; and he has represented dozens of subjects, targets, defendants, witnesses, and victims in Government investigations relating to alleged accounting fraud, foreign and domestic corruption, economic sanctions violations, wire fraud, money laundering, bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud, insider trading and other trading practices, tax fraud, and related civil litigation.
Mr. Massey has been recognized by Chambers USA, The Legal 500, Global Investigations Review, National Law Journal and Super Lawyers Magazine for his expertise in white collar defense. Chambers USA praised Mr. Massey as a “super talented lawyer” who is “completely on top of matters while being very smart and practical,” and for his “skill in seeing the overall strategy and seeing long-term where things are going.”
As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Massey focused on complex cross-border matters. He was a member of the SDNY’s Securities & Commodities Task Force; tried 12 cases to jury verdict; and argued 10 appeals before the Second Circuit. He secured the first-ever indictment and guilty plea of a foreign bank for tax fraud.
White Collar Criminal Law Committee, New York City Bar Association
Federal Criminal Practice Committee, Federal Bar Council
Board Chair, KIPP NYC Charter Schools (2004 - 2015)