David Otterson

Durgin Otterson Bruzzone LLP

San Francisco Office:
388 Market Street, Suite 1300
San Francisco, CA 94111

Walnut Creek Office:
1660 Olympic Boulevard, Suite 210
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Phone: (415) 234-3006 (San Francisco)
              (925) 322-6132 (Walnut Creek)
E-Mail: david.otterson@doblawyers.com

David V. Otterson

David Otterson is a seasoned corporate, securities and intellectual property lawyer with more than thirty years of experience handling complex business matters, both domestically and internationally, on behalf of public and private companies.

David spent the first half of his professional life as a partner with Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May, which later merged with Reed Smith. At Crosby Heafey, David served on the firm’s Executive Committee.

David relocated to North Carolina in 1997 due to family commitments and became a partner at Smith Moore Leatherwood, one of the Southeast’s premier law firms, with offices in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. David was the managing partner of the firm’s Raleigh, North Carolina office and served as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

David recently returned to the Bay Area and co-founded Durgin Otterson Bruzzone LLP.

David advises Boards of Directors and senior management of his clients with respect to corporate strategy and governance, and has broad experience with legal issues affecting all aspects of a company’s operations, including start-up and venture capital issues, mergers and acquisitions, institutional corporate finance, joint ventures, strategic alliances, ’33 and ’34 Act SEC filings, corporate finance, corporate restructurings and other commercial transactions, including the formation and operation of off-shore captive insurance companies.

In addition to his corporate and securities practice, David has significant experience in negotiating and closing technology-related transactions, including development, licensing, product distribution and joint marketing deals on four continents, in a variety of industries and with respect to many different technologies.

Licensed to practice both in California and North Carolina, David is a member of the American Bar Association, the California and North Carolina Bar Associations, and the Corporate and Intellectual Property Sections of those organizations. David has served on a number of nonprofit boards.

In 2014, David was recognized by Chambers and Partners, USA as a leading practitioner in Mergers & Acquisitions. For over 25 years, David also has been rated by Martindale Hubble with an “AV Preeminent” rating, its highest rating.

David served as an editor of the law review at Hastings College of the Law. During law school, he published a law review article that has been cited by several appellate courts and by secondary sources. David is a contributing author on two books on corporate and commercial law, and is a frequent speaker on these topics. He’s a graduate of California State University, Chico.