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David Schertler

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in Washington, DC

Schertler Onorato Mead & Sears
901 New York Avenue Northwest, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-628-4199
Fax: 202-628-4177
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2022
Licensed in Washington DC Since: 1982
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense: White Collar, Antitrust Litigation, Business Litigation, Criminal Defense, Securities Litigation
Attorney Profile

David Schertler is a founding partner of Schertler Onorato Mead & Sears, LLP, a boutique litigation firm in Washington, D.C., that specializes in white-collar criminal defense. Mr. Schertler regularly represents individuals and corporate entities in criminal investigations and enforcement proceedings conducted domestically and internationally in a wide variety of substantive areas, including antitrust law, the FCPA, and securities fraud. Mr. Schertler's clients have included high-level executive officers of multinational corporations, and his representations have covered investigations originating throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Africa, South America, Asia, and the Middle East. Mr. Schertler also is a skilled and seasoned trial attorney. Most recently, he obtained an acquittal in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (Manhattan) in a complex antitrust case involving the euro-to-dollar foreign exchange market.

A graduate of Amherst College and the University of Virginia School of Law, Mr. Schertler began his legal career by working for the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division. He later served as a federal criminal prosecutor for the District of Columbia, where he gained extensive trial and litigation experience. Mr. Schertler served as chief of the homicide section of the Office of the U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia before founding his current firm in 1996.



Certificates and Credentials

About David Schertler

First Admitted: 1982, Washington DC

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Representative Clients

  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) "Africa Sting" prosecution dismissed by the government after consecutive trials resulted in no convictions
  • Criminal Investigation and Prosecution of Blackwater security guards for events occurring during the Iraq war
  • Enron, Worldcom, and AOL financial fraud investigations
  • Teamsters' corruption investigation in New York City
  • KPMB tax shelter investigation in New York City

Bar/Professional Activity

  • District of Columbia

Educational Background

  • Amherst College


  • Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers
  • International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers
  • Top 30 Lawyers" in Washington, D.C., by Washingtonian Magazine
  • Outstanding Advocate Award, 1989
  • Recognized as One of the Top White–Collar Criminal Defense Attorneys in the Washington Area and Nationwide
  • The Best Lawyers in America
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Office Location for David Schertler

901 New York Avenue Northwest
Suite 500
Washington, DC 20001

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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