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David Whitaker

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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David Whitaker advises traditional and emerging financial services companies, and commercial enterprises, in transactional, legal and regulatory matters, particularly those related to electronic commerce and digital financial services.

He has extensive experience with the practical application of laws governing electronic banking, letters of credit, payment systems, records management, and commercial and consumer financing. He provides valuable insights to his clients based on decades of in-house experience and deep practical knowledge of the structures, implementation platforms, and processes used to contract for and deliver financial and other services online and via mobile devices. David also advises clients on laws related to privacy and data security in connection with electronic financial services and electronic payments.

David is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Association's Business Law Section, and the Business Law Section's Committee on the Law of Commerce in Cyberspace. He has co-chaired the Cyberspace Committee's Task Force on Federated Identity Management. David was the Co-Reporter for the Standards and Procedures for electronic Records and Signatures (SPeRS). He served as Reporter for the Mortgage Bankers Association white paper "Security Interests in Transferable Records." He was an active participant in the drafting of Revised Articles 5 and 9 of the UCC. He also participated in the drafting of the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, where he chaired the Task Force on Scope and served as reporter for the Task Force. David also advised industry participants on the creation and drafting of the federal Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act.

David has written extensively on both law and practice related to digital financial services, electronic commerce and digital transformation. In particular, he is co-author of Thomson Reuter's The Law of Electronic Signatures (now in its eighth edition). He has also appeared as a featured speaker at more than 250 conferences, seminars and webinars on financial services law.


J.D., University of Illinois College of Law; B.A., James Madison College at Michigan State University

United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Commercial deals and contracts

Within: Commercial deals and contracts

DLA Piper LLP (US) is instructed primarily by clients in the technology and software industries, which it advises on a range of commercial transactions including tech licensing, trade mark agreements and outsourcing deals. Rated by clients for his ‘clearly superior and absolutely outstanding work’, Jeffrey Aronson in Silicon Valley advised Softbank Group Corporation on its investment in the on-demand dog walking service Wag and the messaging app Slack. In addition, the team acted for Nike in relation to its acquisition of artificial intelligence company Invertex. Other key figures include joint practice heads Mark Lehberg in Sand Diego and Richard Greenstein in Atlanta. The firm also saw a number of personnel changes in 2018: Washington DC-based Margo Tank and Chicago-based David Whitaker joined the practice group from Buckley LLP, and Matthew Gruenberg joined the Los Angeles office from Barnes & Thornburg LLP; Ryan T. Sulkin left the firm for Michael, Best & Friedrich LLP.

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