David Hennes > Ropes & Gray LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Ropes & Gray LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10036
United States

Work Department

Corporate & Securities Litigation




David, co-chair of both the firm’s corporate and securities litigation practice and investment banking industry group, is a partner resident in Ropes & Gray’s New York office. David has over 20 years of experience litigating a broad array of corporate disputes, with an emphasis on complex corporate litigation, securities cases, corporate-control disputes, and enforcement litigation. He regularly represents buyers, sellers, and financial advisors in all forms of litigation arising out of transactional matters, including breach of duty litigation, breach of contract and business tort cases, and post-closing disputes. He frequently handles complicated federal securities class actions and state law derivative actions, and advises Boards and Board Committees (including Special Litigation Committees) on their responses to these litigations. David has represented corporate and individual clients in all aspects of these matters at the trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts throughout the United States, as well as in non-public SEC, FINRA and state securities investigations.

David has been consistently recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual in General Commercial Litigation. The Legal 500 has named David as a ‘Leading Lawyer’ for M&A Litigation: Defense. In its 2019 edition, Chambers described David as “an outstanding lawyer who has excellent judgment, is responsive 24/7 and gives excellent, thoughtful and practical business-oriented advice.” He is also described as “smart and savvy,” and is praised for his “practical and commercial approach” to cases. Chambers noted David’s “ability to handle a wide range of corporate and white-collar criminal litigation,” with a “great ability to argue and convince regulators of his position.” Sources commend David for his “great balance between aggressive advocacy and the ability to close on a compromise” and fellow practitioners offer praise for his “judgment and strategic thinking.” Legal 500 calls him a “first-rate litigator” and “solution-oriented.” David has also been recognized by Benchmark: Litigation as a New York Litigation Star.


  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association


  • JD, cum laude, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1995; senior editor, Law Review; co-chairman, Moot Court Board
  • BA, with high distinction, University of Michigan, 1991

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense

(Leading lawyers)

David HennesRopes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP has a skilled team handling corporate, securities, and derivative matters across the US, highly experienced in cases before the Delaware Court of Chancery at every stage from preliminary injunctions and motions to dismiss to bet-the-company summary judgment motions and complex trials. The firm has particular expertise in representing private equity firms, though it is also active for numerous life sciences companies and public companies in other industries in his-stakes deal litigation. Peter Welsh in Boston and David Hennes in New York lead the practice. Welsh is currently representing individuals and entities affiliated with National Amusements, Inc. in parallel actions in the Delaware Court of Chancery related to the multi-billion dollar merger of Viacom and CBS into the combined entity ViacomCBS in 2019. Boston-based Randall Bodner, former head of the firm’s business and securities litigation practice group, is also a key practitioner in corporate governance and deal-related cases.

United States > Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense

Ropes & Gray LLP is highly regarded for its work in state and federal court actions, notably for clients in the asset management and private equity sectors, among them Bain Capital and TPG Capital. It is also a key adviser to bulge bracket banks and other sophisticated investment advisory and financial services clients, including mutual funds, in securities litigation matters, and has a strong presence in cases involving life science companies, as well as acting for large public corporations. David Hennes in New York and Peter Welsh in Boston are the lead partners. Welsh and emerging talent in San Francisco Anne Johnson Palmer recently acted for Forescout Technologies, provides device visibility and control solutions to protect against cyberattacks, in a class action alleging that the company made false and misleading statements about the company’s revenue projections, salesforce, pipeline, and its then-upcoming sale to an affiliate of Advent International.