David B. Pitofsky is General Counsel and Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer of News Corp, a diversified global media company comprised of businesses delivering news and information services, book publishing, digital real estate services and cable programming. In his capacity as General Counsel, David oversees global legal operations, including litigation, mergers and acquisitions, competition, SEC compliance and intellectual property. As Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer, he chairs the Company’s Compliance Steering Committee.
David previously held the position of partner at Goodwin Procter LLP, where his litigation practice focused on white collar defense, government and internal investigations, and securities litigation and enforcement. His high-profile matters included representing a former Big 4 accounting partner who was acquitted at trial in what was then billed as the largest tax fraud case in U.S. history. He represented Kenneth R. Feinberg in his role as Claims Administrator for the Gulf Coast Claims Facility established in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon incident.
Earlier in his distinguished career, David served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, rising to the level of Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division. While in that office, he spearheaded the prosecution of a national computer software company and several of its senior executives on charges of securities fraud and obstruction of justice; his efforts resulted in convictions and a precedent-setting deferred prosecution agreement.
David has been consistently recognized for his professionalism and legal expertise. While in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he received the Director’s Award for superior performance by a Federal prosecutor and was appointed as the U.S. Attorney’s representative on a working group of The President’s Corporate Fraud Task Force. He has been recognized by Chambers and Partners in the area of white collar crime and government investigations, and acknowledged on the “Attorneys Who Matter” list compiled by Ethisphere Institute, the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices.
Sustaining a longstanding commitment to ethics, public interest and the New York community, David serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the NYU Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement, serves on the Executive Committee of the Federal Bar Council and is an officer of the Federal Bar Foundation.
David is married to Trena Keating, a literary agent; the couple has three sons. In 2010, David and Trena received a Lucy Moses Preservation Award from The New York Landmarks Conservancy.