David Axelrod > Ballard Spahr LLP > Philadelphia, United States > Lawyer Profile

Ballard Spahr LLP
United States

Work Department



Partner and Practice Leader the Securities Enforcement and Corporate Governance Litigation Group


David Axelrod is a first-chair trial lawyer who has tried more than 15 federal court cases to judgment. He has secured favorable jury and bench verdicts in high-profile trials under intense media and public scrutiny, and has extensive experience arguing cases on appeal. David has successfully designed and executed courtroom strategy in a wide range of cases, both civil and criminal.

In cases involving criminal or regulatory enforcement, David has broad experience in cases alleging securities fraud, stock and market manipulation, insider trading, accounting fraud, bank fraud, tax evasion, and public corruption. In private civil litigation, David has secured significant victories in a broad range of cases from securities fraud to contracts to defamation.


District of Columbia

New York



Harvard Law School (J.D. 2003)

Haverford College (B.A. 1999, high honors in Economics, Political Science)
Phi Beta Kappa

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense

Ballard Spahr LLP in Philadelphia is well versed in the nuances of securities and corporate governance litigation, and frequently acts for companies and their officers and directors in derivative actions, regulatory or internal investigation, special committee representations and shareholder class actions. The firm recently acted for Wrap Technologies in a 10b5 and derivative lawsuit arising from an alleged lack of disclosure, which raised issues regarding causation and previous disclosure in public for a public filing. David Axelrod leads the securities enforcement and corporate governance litigation practice. Norman Goldberger, who leads the municipal securities regulation and enforcement team, also plays a pivotal role in the firm’s major cases. Partner John Grugan ‘consistently exercises outstanding judgment, and is fluent on the law in this area‘.