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David Patrick Vaughn

White collar crime Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

5.0   12 reviews

also known as David Vaughn, Law Offices of David Vaughn

  • State Years
    California - CA 35 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 33 years
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1987
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1990
    Resigned No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About David

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Practice areas
  1. White collar crime
    Former state and federal white collar crime prosecutor who won 90% of his felony jury trials. Defend individuals and businesses against allegations of fraud, bribery, kickbacks, public corruption, government fraud, export, import, false statements, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), tax, money laundering and other white collar offenses in federal and state courts. Assist businesses and other entities investigate crimes that have been committed against them by employees or outside culprits.

    31 years, 100 cases

  2. Education
    David Vaughn is one of the very few attorneys in America who have defended multiple NCAA cases. He represents universities, coaches, administrators & student-athletes in government and NCAA interviews, investigations and enforcement proceedings.

    16 years, 10 cases

  3. Business
    Are you, your business or your university being investigated? Do you need to investigate something that has happened inside or to your entity? As a former federal prosecutor and a leader of an investigations practice, I help businesses and employees respond to and defend inquiries from governmental entities, including subpoenas, document requests, and FBI and IRS investigations. I handle it calmly, strategically, quickly and fairly, and create realistic, credible remedial plans.

    16 years, 20 cases

  4. Criminal defense
    Are you a good person or legitimate business that has never been convicted of a crime? I am a Harvard graduate and former prosecutor who aggressively defends first-time offenders accused of non-violent crimes in state or federal courts. I provide smart, aggressive representation with a focus on individual attention, loyalty, and respect.

    24 years, 100 cases

  5. Election campaigns and political law
    Representation of campaign contributors and candidates for public office in government investigations and criminal cases.

    15 years, 10 cases

  6. Federal crime
    Highly experienced former Assistant U.S. Attorney (federal criminal prosecutor) represents businesses and individuals in government investigations, subpoenas, interviews, grand jury proceedings, court proceedings, and trials.

    19 years, 50 cases

I know exactly what you are going through right now because I was a client before I was a lawyer: you are searching for an excellent lawyer that you can trust. While I am now a Harvard graduate former Assistant U.S. Attorney (federal prosecutor), Deputy District Attorney (state prosecutor) and Congressional Counsel (lawyer in U.S. Congress) who aggressively defends people and companies, I began as someone who was searching for a lawyer after I was hit by a bus. I remember how overwhelming it was to try to hire a lawyer. My experience as a client means that I treat every client the way that I wanted to be treated when I was a client. 

I have won nearly 90% of my career felony jury trials in state and federal courts, including fraud, bribery, public corruption and murder. I handled approximately 30 trials and 1,000 court hearings.

I limit my practice to representing good people and companies who have made a mistake, been falsely accused of a crime, received a subpoena, or been contacted by the police, FBI or other law enforcement agencies. I also represent current and former employees in government investigations. Finally, I represent college coaches, student-athletes, and universities in investigations by the NCAA, and am one of the very few attorneys who have defended multiple NCAA enforcement cases through a hearing.

I work on every case myself, which is different than a lot of law firms. You won't be handed off to another lawyer or a legal assistant and never see me again. If you hire me, you are getting me. Because I provide my clients with personal attention, I do not have time to accept every case. Because I am the one personally fighting for you, I also do not take cases unless I think I can help you and that we are a good fit. I will treat you the way that my lawyer treated me when I was a client: with respect and loyalty.

To learn more about my background, the cases I accept, and some of the successes I have achieved for my clients, please go to my website and if you think we would be a good fit, then call me for a free consultation.

Thank you.

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350 S. Grand Ave
Suite 3550
Los Angeles, CA, 90071


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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Superior Legal Representation
David represented me over a two year period. Through every step of the process he was communicative, professional, patient, and provided sound advice. He is exceptionally experienced and capable and I felt very well-represented. I would highly recommend him to others who are looking for someone to advocate on their behalf.
Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
David walked me through the entire legal process and was an excellent communicator. My legal experience was non-existent and David's ability to navigate my case from his vast experience kept me at ease as I knew he was a great attorney. I can't recommend David enough. Exceptional attorney.
Posted by Preston | April 8, 2022
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Exceptional Representation
David was the best attorney that I’ve had the privilege of working with. David was unbelievably prepared and knowledgeable on all subject matter pertaining to my case and did so with a very personal touch. I would highly recommend David to anyone seeking council.
Posted by Helen | March 12, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
David Vaughn from the start made me feel like I was taken care of legally. He walked me through each process several times as this was my first time having to defend myself, and went out of his way to make sure I got the best deal I could get. He was patient, but also fought hard for me, and I couldn't have asked for a better attorney by my side. He was always on top of the latest details and never missed a beat. He kept in constant communication with me, which made me feel more at ease. David was also very calm in demeanor which helped my nerves on many occasions. I highly recommend David Vaughn and his associates. He's incredibly smart, calm, experienced, and a fighter.
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Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2020
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Excellent and consentious lawyer.
Atty. David Vaughn is an excellent, very knowledgeable lawyer who provided me with top notch representation. He is a very detail oriented and methodical lawyer who provided me with a clear understanding of my case and gave me peace of mind during the whole proceedings. He is honest and straightforward but is very knowledgeable and experienced of the law. He is highly recommended.
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Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2020
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Excellent Service
Mr. Vaughn’s professionalism goes unmatched. He takes your case on as if he was representing a member of his family. After my initial consultation with Mr. Vaughn, he immediately fought to have a felony charge dropped to a misdemeanor, therefore, greatly decreasing the possibility of jail time to none. After my probation was completed, he represented me in filing a Request for Dismissal; ultimately being granted an Order for Dismissal by the Superior Court. This entire experience was very scary, intense and life changing. I was blessed to have Mr. Vaughn by my side to get me through it.
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Posted by Dr. Jaime and Christina | February 24, 2020
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Dr, Jaime and Christina Corvalan
David Vaughn, Esq. Just the mention on his name engenders a deep sense of appreciation in our hearts and minds. He was there for us in our darkest hours, with extraordinary professionalism, experienced judgement and an uncommon compassion that rose to a level of honor on our behalf in what we can only define as noble call to arms, all within the limitaton of a few hours on more than one occasion. My Husband, as a Medical Doctor and Surgeon often says of David, "He had rallied the troops" with his extensive personal resources in a diligent and expedient manner, so that we could have access to greatest legal minds in necessary legal specialties we needed at the time; once in the medical field, and another time in litigaton law, both within a 24-hour period. He knows his own strengths, but also has the humility to know when he needs to call upon other legal specialists to inform his client and complement the scope of their particular needs at the time. This rare humility, veracity and integrity have unfortunately become scarce commodities in this sometimes rushed and hurried world, especially law. These resources of his, respected colleagues, he has built up over the years, in every field of law, also comes with David Vaughn, whom he has fully vetted and worked with throughout his brilliant career. I can remember he had called us back on a late Friday afternoon when my Husband and I were in tears due to a matter that we literally found on our doorstep that involved my Husband's medical practice. We needed help, and we needed it as soon as possible. He not only called back that same day, but he had spent hours locating just the right medical and legal specialist that was available for us that following Monday. We have recalled that afternoon many times and wondered what we would have done without him. We just can not speak more highly of David Vaughn. His calm demeanor under pressure, his sincere interest in his client's best interest and his unfailing dedication to the best possible solutions for his client are truly dependable characteristics of this man. He is an excellent attorney, and an excellent human bweing who is truthful, conscientious and of extremely high moral principles. He has interacted with our housekeeper and respectable professionals on our behalf with the same generosity of spirit and kindness, without differentiation, as he gathered his facts for the matters at the time. We have David's name at the top of the list whenever we need legal assistance. We feel confident to engage this man as a lawyer and a human being is the best gift you could ever give yourself and your loved ones.
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Posted by Steven | June 1, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Initial Contact
I emailed Mr. Vaughn with a question concerning an investment fraud case. He responded within an hour giving me excellent advice and providing me with additional information. He informed me I probably didn't need an attorney at this point. Clearly, he is knowledgable and has integrity--what one hopes for in an attorney.
Posted by Frank | March 9, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
The Best Representation!
Mr. Vaughn, I would like to thank you publicly for your honest, caring and professional representation. You kept me informed and without any doubt made me feel very protected, and secure in your approach to my defense. Knowing that you are a very busy Attorney, I was very thankful you always took the time to return my calls or emails. You took the time to explain and strategize with me which was very comforting. Your ability and willingness to think , and act out of the box was critical. I am very thankful. Best of all, it was your honest and personal investment in my case which made all the difference. Thank you, Frank
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Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2016
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Trustworthy Lawyer
I found myself in an unfortunate circumstance and desperately needed assistance. David was very professional, knowledgeable, and approachable. It was so refreshing to have his expertise paired with a kind heart. It's rare to have an attorney genuinely fight for you with the willingness to work with you financially. I highly recommend David Vaughn.
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Posted by ALFREDO | July 27, 2015
A very impressive lawyer !!
I cannot express my deepest gratitude to David. I was very impressed with how he handled my case. I cannot ask for anything more. July 4 2015, was one of my darkest moments. Due to spite and greed, I was "set up" by my ex wife and got arrested for domestic violence. After the arrest, I was dist rut , panic stricken and depressed. I knew I was innocent. I knew the truth will prevail if only I can get a good lawyer to be on my side. David Vaughn was highly recommended to us by a friend. As soon as I talked to David. He assured me that everything will be fine. He took my statement.He clarified and put everything in prospective. He formulated a plan of action. He took action. He called everyone who need to be called...from the detective to the DA. He kept updating me of all the phone calls and letters he made to the people concerned. I was very impressed of the continuous follow up and relentless checking with the DA. On July 17 2015 good news came in "MY CASE WAS DROPPED". Due to his tenacity determination, resourcefulness... I didn't even go to my arraignment. His strategy worked and I was freed of any charges. He proved to me that a good offense is the best defense as he mentioned when he started my case. I will forever be thankful to David. He made me believe that our judicial system is alive and well... and the truth will always prevail. I highly recommend David to anyone who will need legal assistance and I will surely ask him again to be on my side to any of my future legal issues. Thank you David for helping me put my life back to normal. I will forever be grateful to you.
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Posted by DamianMartinez | November 22, 2013
I endorse this lawyer. David has substantial experience in a broad range of matters. He has worked on sophisticated public corruption cases and cases involving allegations of corporate wrongdoing. As a result of his many years of experience working as a prosecutor, at both the County and federal levels, David is an experienced trial lawyer who is knowledgeable about the law and legal procedure.
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AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • David Vaughn Lawyer -- Law Offices of David Vaughn
  • 2013 - Present


  • Harvard University
  • Master in Public Administration
  • 1993
  • UC Hastings COL
  • law
  • 1987
  • Univ of California Berkeley
  • undergraduate
  • 1984

Legal Cases

  • Federal Insider Trading - No Criminal Charges Filed
  • No criminal charges filed.
  • Chemical Spill by Business - Case Dismissed
  • Dismissal
  • Represented Coaches and Athletes in NCAA Interviews
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  • American Bar Association (White Collar Crime subcommittee)
  • N/A
  • State Bar of California
  • N/A
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section
  • 2009 - 2015
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • 2009 - 2015
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • 2007 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Appreciation of Efforts
  • U.S. Department of Education, Inspector General
  • N/A
  • Appreciation of Efforts
  • U. S. Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service
  • N/A
  • Appreciation of Efforts
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • N/A
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  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Rise of Internal Investigations Creating Crowded Marketplace
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Presentation to US and Foreign Judges
  • Defending Corruption and Espionage Cases
  • 2013
  • Internal Training for In-House Counsel and Investigative Staff
  • Best Practices in Internal Investigations
  • 2012
  • confidential
  • Responding to NCAA Investigations
  • 2012
  • American Bar Association
  • Best Practices for Internal Investigations
  • 2012
  • FTI Consulting
  • Responding to NCAA Investigations
  • 2012
  • University of Southern California
  • From Tip to Indictment: How Prosecutorial Decisions are Made
  • 2012
  • American Lawyer top 100 law firm internal training
  • Top 10 Mistakes in International Investigations
  • 2011
  • Inns of Court
  • A Comparison of Federal and State Grand Jury Procedures
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (16)
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Unknown Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Vaughn. You can tell from his thorough responses to questions on Avvo and sage wisdom that he has the passion and compassion necessary to be a fine advocate. He spends his own time giving advice to the Avvo community and that is something worth noting."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When you, or a loved one, finds themselves in need of a criminal defense attorney it is important to retain an experienced, knowledgeable and competent lawyer. Mr. Vaughn is well respected in the legal community for those reasons."
White collar crime Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A former assistant United States Attorney and a former Deputy District attorney with 27 years of experience is what clients want. His knowledge of both the law and procedure is excellent and evident in his pro bono contributions here. His client review is stellar and should be read. Endorsements from his peers are outstanding. Do yourself a favor if you want someone that the prosecutors realize knows what they know and schedule a consultation. KUDOS"
White collar crime Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a unique resource for white collar criminal matters and investigations. He is efficient and I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Vaughn is a valuable resource to the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch lawyer. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. David is smart and a hard worker. I enjoyed working with him at the U.S. Attorney's Office."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I enthusiastically endorse David. I have known him for many years, and we worked together in the U.S. Attorney's Office. He is exceptionally talented and energetic, and he has an unusually diverse background that has exposed him to criminal cases of all types. Beyond that, he is a joy to work with."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked with David at the U.S. Attorney's Office where he had an excellent reputation for his analytical and trial skills. It is my pleasure to see that he has taken his talent to build a solo practice where he can focus his experience and expertise on cases and clients deserving of excellent legal representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known David for a while. He and I served on a city commission together and I worked with him at his prior firm. He is an excellent lawyer and with great experience. He is very honest and forthright and I am happy to recommend him."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David is a very experienced and talented attorney with a wealth of experience across many diverse practice areas."
White collar crime Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David has experience and insight and he's a pleasure to work with. What more could one want?"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Vaughn is an experienced advocate who always puts his clients first. I would highly recommend him if you are facing any criminal issues."
Securities and investment fraud Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"David is a great colleague and fantastic lawyer."
Federal crime Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Dave Vaughn is a highly competent and ethical white collar defense attorney with extensive professional experience in handling complex federal criminal matters. I highly recommend him as a defense attorney for both businesses and individuals. Greg Nicolaysen (Los Angeles, CA)"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known David for many years in his role as an Assistant United States Attorney and a consultant with FTI. He has terrific instincts for identifying the key issues in a case and explaining them in way that is persuasive. During his tenure at FTI he has led numerous investigations together with counsel and acquired significant experience in investigating NCAA violations by college athletic programs. David will bring a sensible and practical approach to cases that he handles and will be valuable as co-counsel in complex white collar criminal matters."
Securities and investment fraud Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Los Angeles White collar crime Lawyer David Patrick Vaughn
David Patrick Vaughn
White collar crime Attorney
Los Angeles, CA
Licensed for 35 years
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