David Lenci is an experienced trial attorney and dispute counselor. Most recently, David was a partner at the international law firm of Preston Gates & Ellis (now K&L Gates). He has represented clients from both the public sector and the private sector in complex civil litigation and arbitrations for over 30 years. David’s practice emphasizes business litigation and corporate advice involving antitrust, unfair competition, trademark and copyright infringement, internal business and partnership disputes, broker–dealer disputes and attorney fee disputes.
David has worked on various federal and state court securities fraud, antitrust and consumer protection class actions in his career. He has also pursued numerous copyright and trademark cases for participants in the entertainment industry and elsewhere. He recently has defended several Asian clients, including prominent Chinese companies, involved in commercial disputes situated or “filed” here in U.S. Courts.
During several years with the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, David worked on numerous merger reviews and litigated both criminal prosecutions and civil suits. He also participated in an industry-wide investigation of shared monopolistic practices in basic industries. Subsequently, in private practice, he has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in various federal and/or state antitrust cases involving products, services and commodities ranging from federal timber sales to gasoline distribution.
David is an advisor to small to mid-size businesses subject to governmental investigation and enforcement actions. He counsels these clients dealing with civil investigations initiated by agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, Washington State Attorney General’s Office and the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions.
David has been active in professional and community affairs throughout his career. He teaches antitrust in the Intellectual Property LLM program at the University of Washington School of Law. He has been a Bar Examiner for the Washington State Bar Association. He serves on the Civil Practice Committee of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section.