Professional Biography
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David B. Massey Partner

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David Massey is a former prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York who leads global companies, board committees, and senior executives through high-profile cross-border investigations, criminal prosecutions, and civil litigation.

David has obtained favorable results for clients in a broad range of cases. He negotiated the first corporate deferred prosecution agreement in the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) FIFA investigation, and he has represented dozens of subjects, targets, defendants, witnesses, and victims in government investigations. These include matters relating to alleged accounting fraud, foreign and domestic corruption, economic sanctions, money laundering, bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud, wire fraud, insider trading and other securities fraud, tax fraud, and related civil litigation.

As a federal prosecutor, David focused on complex cross-border fraud cases as a member of the SDNY’s Securities and Commodities Task Force. He tried 12 cases, argued 10 appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and secured the first-ever indictment and guilty plea of a non-U.S. bank for tax fraud.

David has been recognized by Chambers USA, The Legal 500, Global Investigations Review, Best Lawyers in America, and the National Law Journal in white collar defense. Chambers USA praised David as a “super talented lawyer” with “skill in seeing the overall strategy and seeing long-term where things are going.”

Professional Recognition

  • Recommended by Chambers USA in the area of White Collar Crime & Government Investigations, 2019 - 2021
  • Recommended by The Legal 500 United States in the area of White Collar Criminal Defense, 2015 – 2021
  • Global Investigations Review 100 list, 2018 – 2019
  • Recommended by The Best Lawyers in America in the area of White Collar Criminal Defense, 2021 - 2022
  • Super Lawyers Magazine as a New York Super Lawyer in Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2015 – 2019
  • White Collar Crime Trailblazer by The National Law Journal, 2015
  • Named a Prosecutor of the Year by the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation, 2013
  • IRS Criminal Investigation Division Director’s Award, 2013

Professional Leadership

  • Federal Bar Council, Federal Criminal Practice Committee
  • New York Council of Defense Lawyers
  • White Collar Criminal Law Committee, New York City Bar Association, 2015 – 2019
  • KIPP NYC Charter Schools, Board Chair, 2004 – 2015

Related Employment

  • Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP, New York, NY, Partner; Litigation Department Co-Chair, 2013 – 2020
  • U.S. Department of Justice, New York, NY, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York, 2004 – 2013
  • Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York, NY, Associate, 1998 – 2004


  • Hon. Pierre N. Leval, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit





Bar and Court Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan


  • Yale Law School, J.D., 1997
  • University of Oxford, M.Phil., International Relations, Marshall Scholar, 1994
  • Yale College, B.A., Political Science, summa cum laude, 1992