David L. Hall


David L. Hall
offices Philadelphia
New York
Washington, DC
phone 215-988-8325
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David joined Wiggin and Dana after more than two decades as a federal prosecutor with the U. S. Department of Justice (DOJ). His experience investigating and prosecuting high-stakes cases makes him uniquely qualified to represent clients needing a seasoned counselor and trial lawyer.

David is a member of several of the firm's practice groups that draw on his government experience, including International Trade Compliance; White Collar Defense, Government Investigations, and Corporate Compliance; Cybersecurity and Privacy; Unmanned Aerial Systems; and Art and Museum Law.

He represents corporations and individuals in investigations and prosecutions by the DOJ and other federal and state agencies and in complex civil litigation. He conducts internal investigations and corporate compliance assessments for companies, including those in the defense, financial, and health care industries. He advises clients concerning the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and on cybersecurity and data privacy, including assessments of policies and procedures, as well as data breach preparation and response.

David has successfully defended individuals and companies under investigation by the federal government for a wide range of suspected unlawful activity, including bank fraud, securities fraud, political corruption, unlawful sales of art and antiquities, fraud against the government, antitrust, and unlawful exports. He has successfully represented clients in civil litigation involving corporate governance, fiscal oversight, breach of contract, breach of warranty, fraud, and False Claims Act allegations.

During his 23-year career as an Assistant U.S. Attorney at the DOJ, David received the Director's Award for Superior Performance, numerous Special Act Awards, and other awards and commendations from government agencies, including the FBI, CIA, DEA, and ATF. He has also been recognized with the DHS/ICE Excellence in Law Enforcement Award, the DHS/ICE International Achievement Award, and the SAFE Beacon Award.

His standout achievements at the Justice Department included the successful prosecution of the Armaments Corporation of South Africa (ARMSCOR), Kentron, and Fuchs Electronics for violations of the Arms Export Control Act during the apartheid era. He also successfully prosecuted Amir Ardebili, an Iranian arms procurement agent working in Shiraz, Iran to acquire components for the F4, F14, and other military aircraft, as well as microchips for use in phased array radar. That case is the subject of the book Operation Shakespeare: The True Story of an Elite International Sting, written by John Shiffman, which was featured in the CNN series Declassified.

David was also the first to prosecute a software pirate operating from China. His prosecution of Xiang Li ended an operation that sold over $100 million in cracked software products used in highly sensitive applications such as telecommunications, explosive simulation, aerospace, satellite tracking, and flight simulation. The case was chronicled in his book CRACK99: The Takedown of a $100 Million Chinese Software Pirate, which was also featured in an episode of Declassified.

David served as the special prosecutor for the FBI Art Crime Team and has extensive experience with investigations and prosecutions concerning cultural property. He negotiated the return of stolen Norman Rockwell paintings from Brazil and prosecuted Marcus Patmon, an art thief who sold stolen works by Picasso. Other cases David prosecuted resulted in the return of Mesopotamian artifacts to Iraq, a prized gold Moche monkey head (circa 300 A. D.) looted from the royal tombs in Peru, and the long-lost diary of Alfred Rosenberg, Nazi propagandist and Reich Minister for the occupied eastern territories. The Rosenberg Diary is now part of the Holocaust Museum collection.

David was an intelligence officer in the Navy Reserve for 30 years, retiring at the rank of Captain. He commanded three intelligence units and served with the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Office of Naval Intelligence, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in addition to numerous Navy commands. He was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and numerous other personal awards, unit citations, and service awards.

He also authored The Reagan Wars: A Constitutional Perspective on War Powers and the Presidency and co-authored Stolen Cultural Property: A Risk Management Primer.

David clerked for Judge Walter K. Stapleton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.


06.09.2016Morgan Stanley Hit with $1 Million Fine in SEC Cybersecurity Enforcement Action
03.24.2016Chinese National Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Cyber Theft of Export-Controlled Technology
03.15.2016United States to Renegotiate Controls on Intrusion Software
02.03.2016The Cybersecurity Act of 2015
01.19.2016Baseball Executive Caught Stealing, Pleads Guilty to Violation of Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
11.23.2015FTC Administrative Law Judge to FTC: "Not So Fast on Data Security Enforcement!"
10.30.2015U.S. Senate Moves Forward on Cybersecurity Information-Sharing Legislation
08.31.2015Third Circuit Affirms FTC's Ability to Bring Cybersecurity Enforcement Actions
05.01.2015Art and Museum Law Update
03.11.2015Winds of Change: A Flurry of UAS Regulatory Proposals
03.10.2015Higher Ed Legal Update, March 2015
02.10.2015NJIT and American Aerospace: A COA Case Study
02.09.2015Cybersecurity Updates Newsletter, Winter 2015
02.03.2015A UAS on Capitol Hill: Cleared for Takeoff?
01.12.2015Former Compliance Officer Assessed Million Dollar Penalty for Role in Company's Money Laundering Violations
12.19.2014President Obama Announces Normalization of Relations with Cuba: How Will the Cuban Embargo Change?
12.17.2014U.S. Regulators Face European Competition on UAV
12.17.2014UAVs and ITAR: Why Range Matters
12.16.2014FAA Testifies to Congress: More UAS Delays
12.03.2014Can I Fly My Drone? A Primer on the Regulation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
11.17.2014False Claims Act Settlements at Torrid Clip for FY 2015
11.04.2014Who Owns the Monkey Selfie?
10.03.2014False Claims Act Update: Heightened Risk and Record Settlements Predicted in Fiscal Year 2015
08.26.2014Down the Rabbit Hole: Ensuring Compliance for Labeling Pharmaceuticals
08.13.2014Border Search Contributes To Conviction In IEEPA Prosecution
08.05.2014Insurance News, Summer 2014
08.05.2014Insurance News, Summer 2014 (Excerpt on Art Law)
08.04.2014FinCEN Report Indicates Greater Scrutiny of Bitcoin Related Transactions
06.18.2014Export Basics For The UAV Industry
03.17.2014Commerce Department Hints at Broadening Export Enforcement
02.21.2014Cybersecurity Updates Newsletter, February 2014
02.11.2014Cybersecurity Legislation: Is Congress Ready?
01.28.2014Federal Contractors: Meet the New Cybersecurity Standards or Lose Your Government Book
12.18.2013Insurance News, Winter 2013
12.09.2013Cyber Attacks: A Clear and Present Danger

Published Works

04.02.2018OFAC Sanctions: Costly...But Effective?New York Law Journal, Volume 259 - No. 62
12.13.2017Stolen Cultural Property: A Due Diligence Primer Delaware Lawyer
11.08.2017Examining the Effectiveness of the Kingpin Designation Act in the Western HemispherePrepared Testimony Before the Subcommittee of the Western Hemisphere, Committee on Foreign Affairs, United States House of Representatives
03.24.2016Cultural Property ProsecutionsUnited States Attorneys' Bulletin
03.07.2016Hone a Plan to Meet Evolving Regulatory ExpectationsNew York Law Journal
01.20.2016Cybersecurity in the U.S.: Living with Regulatory UncertaintyTerralex Connections
12.01.2015Navigating Cyber-riskBest's Insurance News and Analysis
09.30.2015FCA's Split Personality Makes Compliance A Moving TargetLaw360
03.19.2015Stolen Cultural Property: A Risk Management PrimerThe Legal Guide for Museum Professionals, Rowman and Littlefield
03.16.2015U.S. Regulation of the Use and Export of Unmanned Aerial Systems TerraLex Connections
03.01.2015De-Risking: FinCEN Has Your Cake and Eats it TooAmerican Bar Association Business Law Section White-Collar Crime Committee Newsletter, Winter 2015
01.12.2015'Bond': Defining the Limits of Federal Police PowerNew York Law Journal, Special Litigation Section
10.15.2014Banking and Bombs: What the Linde Verdict PortendsNew York Law Journal


08.22.2018Wiggin and Dana Partner Appeared on Fox News' "Your World"
05.21.2018Best TV Interview
08.30.2017CNN will report on CRACK 99, a book by Wiggin and Dana Partner, David Hall, on September 2
08.05.2016Wiggin and Dana Partner to be Featured on CNN's Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies
08.03.2016Art and Museum Law Partner Quoted in Bloomberg Article
05.25.2016Wiggin and Dana Partner David L. Hall, Former Federal Prosecutor, Helps Recover Stolen Columbus Letter
03.31.2016David Hall Quoted in New York Times article about the Rosenberg Diary
03.29.2016Cybersecurity Partner Quoted in Law360 Article
12.07.2015Litigation Partner David Hall Quoted In Law360 Story On the False Claims Act
11.02.2015Leading German Newspaper Mentions Wiggin and Dana Efforts in Guelph Treasure Case
10.12.2015Wiggin and Dana Litigation Partner, David Hall, Releases New Book, Crack99: The Takedown of a $100 Million Chinese Software Pirate
05.28.2015Wiggin and Dana Receives Litigation Department of the Year Award for White Collar and Government Compliance Practice
04.20.2015Wiggin and Dana Attorneys Co-Author New Legal Guide for Museum Professionals
10.28.2014Wiggin and Dana Advises Lesjöfors AB in Acquisition of North American Power Spring Business of Sandvik, Inc.
08.06.2014David Hall Featured in New York Daily News
07.08.2014Wiggin and Dana Hosts Book Launch Reception
05.02.2014Wiggin and Dana Awarded Litigation Department of the Year for Government Investigations and Corporate Compliance
02.04.2014Wiggin and Dana Partners Featured in All About Shipping Blog
09.09.2013Wiggin and Dana Adds Veteran Federal Prosecutor to its White Collar and Art Law Practice Groups


11.09.2018Panel at NACDL's 14th Annual White Collar Seminar
07.31.2018Presentation at Northeastern University about CRACK99
05.21.2018Inland Marine Underwriters Association 2018 Annual Meeting
"Fine Art Fraud and Forgery"
03.28.2018Presentation at Federal Law Enforcement Training Center about CRACK99
12.02.2017In Conversation with David Hall
11.08.2017Testimony before the US House of Representatives: "Examining the Effectiveness of the Kingpin Designation Act in the Western Hemisphere"
11.04.2017"The Craig Silverman Show," 710 KNUS, News/Talk Radio (Denver)
10.10.2017Webinar: Are You Prepared For a Crisis? Perspectives from a Prosecutor and General Counsel
09.28.2017Fakes, Frauds and Forgeries
09.14.20172017 Cyber and Privacy Forum
06.22.2017Your Intellectual Property Has Been Stolen - Now What? How the Semiconductor Industry Can Combat This Global Problem
05.16.2017Export Control in the Cyber Age
04.24.2017Metadata Risks: Scrubbing, Mining, Redacting, Tracking Locations & Protecting Client Information
11.02.2016SmartFlow EDA/CAD Anti-Piracy Summit
10.19.2016Lockheed Martin, Space Systems Company Security Awareness Day
09.14.2016NCMS Tri-Chapter Industrial Security Seminar
08.14.2016Wiggin and Dana Partner to be Featured on CNN's Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies
06.28.2016Crack99: The Takedown of a $100 Million Chinese Software Pirate
06.08.2016ACQUIRE Conference and Expo
06.03.2016Healthcare Risk Management: Cybersecurity
06.02.2016CRACK99: The Takedown of a $100 Million Chinese Software Pirate
05.24.2016Cyberterrorism: A PBI Public Policy Examining Risks, Probability, Vulnerability and Defenses
04.19.2016CRACK99: The Takedown of a $100 Million Chinese Software Pirate
03.07.2016So, You Want to Fly a Drone?
03.04.2016Operation Shakespeare
02.23.2016IMUA "Fine Art, Theft, Fraud and Loss Prevention" Webinar
01.14.2016NCMS Liberty Chapter Meeting
12.21.2015Charging Decisions in Cybercrime Cases
11.17.2015CRACK99: The Takedown of a $100 Million Chinese Software Pirate
10.28.2015Training Academy for International Professionals
10.21.2015CRACK99: The Takedown of a $100 Million Chinese Software Pirate
10.02.2015Cybersecurity Panel
05.12.2015Cybersecurity Panel
05.05.2015Fine Art: Theft, Fraud and Loss Prevention
04.23.20152015 Connecticut Cyber and Privacy Forum
04.01.2015Operation Shakespeare
03.12.2015Export Control: Best Practices
02.26.2015Cyber Risks and Considerations for the Marine Insurance Industry
02.06.2015Regulatory Trends: Current Events in AML
11.11.2014Best Practices for the Fight against Illicit Trafficking in Cultural Property
11.04.2014Illicit Cultural Property
10.29.2014Practical Issues for Investigations
10.23.2014Operation Shakespeare
09.11.2014Operation Shakespeare
07.24.2014Burden of Proof: Evidentiary Requirements for Civil and Criminal Investigations vs. the Authentication Process
06.03.2014Prosecuting Cultural Property Crimes: Criminal vs. Civil Remedies
05.08.2014Export Controls in the Cyber Age
04.25.2014Fifth Annual Connecticut Privacy Forum
03.14.2014Export Compliance 2014: Present Challenges and Current Trends
03.11.2014Art and Antiquities Crime: A Primer and Practical Issues for Investigators
01.29.2014Legal Implications of Electronic Communications
01.28.2014Art Theft, Art Fraud and Art Litigation in the U.S.
11.19.2013Art and Antiquities Crime: A Primer
11.08.2013Investigating Fakery: The Prosecutor's Perspective
10.30.2013U.S. vs. Art Thieves
10.21.2013Investigating and Prosecuting Cultural Property Cases in the U.S.
09.19.2013Art Theft Prevention

offices Philadelphia
New York
Washington, DC
phone 215-988-8325
view LinkedIn profile



  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1985
  • Yale University, MBA, 1982
  • Dartmouth College, B.A., 1978, cum laude


  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania


  • US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • US District Court (District of Columbia)
  • US District Court (Eastern District of Pennsylvania)
  • US District Court (Southern District of New York)

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