David P. Weber, CFE

David P. Weber is an attorney, registered private investigator and Certified Fraud Examiner  

David P. Weber practices law in Virginia and Maryland, and in certain cases, in Washington, DC.  From disputes involving millions of dollars, murder and suicide, self-defense shootings, whistleblowers alleging national security violations, to representing law enforcement officers and federal employees, David has a unique practice:  extracting good people from tight spots.  First and foremost, David is focused on getting clients back on their feet.  If you have a problem, David can probably help. He is a part time resident of the Eastern Shore, and takes particular interest in handling cases on the Delmarva Peninsula.  

Criminal and Regulatory Investigations

Until the conclusion of his federal career in May 2013, David was the Assistant Inspector General for Investigations at the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In this role, David served as the SEC’s Chief Investigator and directed all criminal, civil, and administrative investigations into fraud, waste, or abuse concerning SEC programs on a nationwide basis. David’s notable cases included reporting misconduct in the Bernard L. Madoff and R. Allen Stanford investigations.  Mr. Weber now uses this skill set to assist and defend clients, and to investigate wrongdoing in private practice. As one recent example, in Winter, Summer and Fall 2018, David represented a key witness in the United States v. Paul Manafort criminal prosecution and grand jury investigation, and successfully obtained full immunity for his client in exchange for his client’s cooperation and testimony against Mr. Manafort, the President’s former campaign chairman.  Manafort was convicted after jury trial in federal court in the Eastern District of Virginia.  Manafort then entered a guilty plea in September 2018 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, waiving his right of appeal over his conviction at trial.   

Anti-Money Laundering, Banking, and Rangering

Prior to his employment at the SEC OIG, David served as Supervisory Counsel and Chief of Enforcement Unit I for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and was responsible for overseeing all banking enforcement activities and investigations involving state chartered banks and bank failures for the western half of the United States. Before joining the FDIC, David served for more than a decade as the Special Counsel for Enforcement at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the bureau of the United States Department of the Treasury responsible for the supervision and regulation of the national banking system, including all federally licensed foreign banks operating in the United States. He assisted the government with extensive grand jury practice and investigation practice in his role.  Prior to becoming an attorney, David started his career as a United States National Park Ranger, and served in a variety of national parks before and during law school.  To this day, David is a life member of the Association of National Park Rangers.  

Professor and Lecturer, Accounting, Ethics, Forensics and Criminology

In addition to his legal practice, David is a full time faculty member at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, of the University of Maryland, College Park.  At the Smith School, David teaches in Smith’s top-10 ranked Executive and Online MBA, Masters and undergraduate programs, teaching courses in Ethics & Professionalism, Fraud Detection & Deterrence; Forensic Accounting; and Regulatory Compliance.   Starting in Fall 2017, he also taught a course about the involvement of organized crime groups in business.  He has vast experience regarding the intersection of fraud, professionalism, and the practices of law and accounting.  Beginning in Fall 2018, David is serving as the technical consultant to the major motion picture, The Laundromat, starring Meryl Streep, Antonio Banderas, and Gary Oldman.  The movie is based on the book Secrecy World, by two time Pulitzer Prize winning author Jake Bernstein.  You can read more about David’s University of Maryland teaching activities here.

Expert Witness Services

David accepts engagements as an expert witness in selected cases concerning standard of care or malpractice in fiduciary matters, self-defense, law practice, public accounting, investigations, fraud examinations, accounting fraud, and other criminal justice matters. David also has academic interest in failures of internal controls required under Section 404 of the Sarbanes Oxley Act. Please contact David if you require an expert with an emphasis in internal controls, accounting, ethics, investigation, fraud examination or criminal justice.

Military Service

Until March 2016, David was the appeals officer for the 70th Regiment of the Maryland Army National Guard, and a Lieutenant Colonel in the Judge Advocate Corps of the Maryland State Guard. He places a special emphasis of his private practice on assisting veterans and service members with difficult legal problems – including reporting misconduct of government and military contractors.  David is a founding member of the Maryland State Bar Association Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and Military Law.  

Educational Qualifications

JD, Magna Cum Laude, Syracuse University College of Law;  BS, Criminal Justice, Cum Laude, Syracuse University;

Court Admissions and Professional Licenses

Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia, New York 

United States Supreme Court

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York

Certified Fraud Examiner

Private Investigator – Virginia

Professional Associations

Maryland Bar; Virginia State Bar; District of Columbia Bar; Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland; Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants; Association of Certified Fraud Examiners; American Accounting Association; Life Member – Association of National Park Rangers; Maryland State Guard Association; State Guard Association of the United States. Life Member – National Rifle Association.

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