David W. Rizk

Tel. (415) 773-6648


Stanford Law School, J.D., M.P.P., 2011

Harvard College, magna cum laude, 2006 


Hon. Jacqueline Nguyen
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2013-2014

Hon. Richard Seeborg
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, 2011-2012

Federal Trade Commission, 2009 

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David W. Rizk

David Rizk represents private and public companies as well as individuals in a variety of complex civil and criminal matters. Prior to joining Keker, Van Nest & Peters, Mr. Rizk studied law and public policy at Stanford University. While in school, Mr. Rizk interned at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and served as the Charles H. March Fellow under the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. Mr. Rizk clerked for Judge Richard Seeborg on the Northern District of California and Judge Jacqueline Nguyen on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

In addition to his pro bono practice at the firm, which focuses on civil rights cases, Mr. Rizk supervises law students at the Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center’s Workers' Rights Clinic at the University of California, Hastings College of Law.

Mr. Rizk is a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Task Force on Criminal Justice Reform and sits on its Use of Force Subcommittee.  He also serves as Vice Chair of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Police Department Citizen Review Board, which advises on the Police Department’s policies, reviews allegations of officer misconduct, and conducts community outreach with the Office of the Independent Police Auditor.

Cases of Note

U.S. Federal Trade Commission Investigation: We represented a pharmaceutical company in response to a Civil Investigative Demand filed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

Bascom Research, LLC v. LinkedIn Corporation: We represented LinkedIn in a patent-infringement suit filed by Bascom Research. We obtained a stay of discovery pending the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice, then won summary judgment invalidating all asserted claims. The victory was chosen by The Daily Journal as one of the year's "Top Defense Verdicts."

Securities and Exchange Commission v. Former Chief Executive Officer: We are currently defending the former CEO of Fannie Mae in an SEC action filed in the Southern District of New York related to Fannie Mae’s disclosures regarding its exposure to “subprime” and “Alt-A” residential mortgages.

United States v. Stock Analyst: We secured a successful plea agreement for our client, a former hedge fund analyst, who admitted to insider trading. In exchange for his cooperation in a major FBI investigation, we convinced the judge to sentence our client to two years probation.

In re Ronald W. Ross: In this pro bono habeas corpus case we won freedom for Ronald Ross, an innocent man who had been wrongfully convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to life in prison in 2006. Over the course of a four-year investigation, we, along with our co-counsel at the Northern California Innocence Project, uncovered trial-witness recantations and other newly discovered evidence that conclusively established Mr. Ross’s innocence. We presented this evidence at a three-day evidentiary hearing in Alameda County Superior Court, and we eventually convinced the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office to join in our request that Mr. Ross’s conviction be vacated. The Court granted Mr. Ross’s habeas petition and the District Attorney dismissed the underlying charges. After spending almost seven years in prison for a crime he did not commit, Mr. Ross was freed. We also represented Mr. Ross in post-habeas proceedings, winning him significant compensation from the State of California for his wrongful conviction and incarceration.

Professional Affiliations

Vice Chairperson, Civilian Review Board for the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Police Department

Honors and Awards

Stanford Law School

  • President, American Constitution Society, Stanford Law School Chapter
  • Senior Articles Editor, Stanford Technology Law Review
  • Academic Fellow for Intellectual Property and Antitrust, Olin Program in Law and Economics
  • President, Pro Bono Volunteer Attorney Program, Community Legal Services for East Palo Alto

Harvard College

  • Editorials Editor, The Harvard Crimson
  • Poetry Editor, The Harvard Advocate
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