David Beraka

Senior Associate


David Beraka's practice focuses on a combination of government investigations and civil litigation, often involving the federal government.

In particular, Mr. Beraka has represented a global aerospace corporation in the Court of Federal Claims and in the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals as part of a small team that secured victory on all litigated issues in a three-week bench trial. His trial experience also includes working on behalf of a secured creditor in bankruptcy court to oppose confirmation of a Chapter 11 reorganization plan. He has also represented federal agents in Bivens litigation against allegations of unconstitutional electronic surveillance in the context of a counterterrorism investigation.

Mr. Beraka's government investigations experience is extensive and varied. He has advised senior government officials in Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigations involving allegations of making false statements to Congress and employee misconduct. He has also counseled a high-frequency trading firm in a Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA) investigation into the firm's equity market making practices, in which the US Department of Justice declined to prosecute. Additionally, he has assisted companies with respect to their advertising and consumer practices in investigations by state attorneys general and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. 

Mr. Beraka has a diverse pro bono practice. He has worked with the American Civil Liberties Union in civil litigation to successfully challenge the constitutionality of a state law, and helped secure executive clemency on behalf of a non-violent drug offender serving a life sentence. He also represents a journalist in affirmative asylum proceedings who was detained and tortured in his home country in retribution for his investigative journalism that criticized the government.   

Past Experience

Mr. Beraka previously served as an intern at the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, assisting federal prosecutors in the Narcotics and Securities Fraud divisions. He completed an additional internship at the Department of Justice, serving as a law student analyst with the International Prisoner Transfer Unit.

In law school, Mr. Beraka was a teaching assistant to Professor Barry Friedman, and a member of the Latino American Law Students Association. Mr. Beraka joined WilmerHale as a summer associate in 2011.

Prior to pursuing his legal education, Mr. Beraka worked on Capitol Hill as a professional staff member with the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, advising former chairmen Howard L. Berman and the late Tom Lantos on a range of policy issues and legislative initiatives centered on the Middle East and North Africa.

Publications & News


January 9, 2018

False Claims Act: 2017 Year-in-Review

False Claims Act recoveries topped $3.7 billion in fiscal year 2017, marking the eighth straight year of annual recoveries in excess of $3 billion.

January 31, 2017

False Claims Act: 2016 Year-in-Review

In 2016, the Department of Justice continued to give high priority to False Claims Act investigations and prosecutions. This WilmerHale Client Alert was republished by Pratt's Government Contracting Law Report.

October 4, 2016

False Claims Act Lawsuits Increasingly Target Universities

A Law360 article by Jonathan Cedarbaum, Mark Rotenberg, Alexandra Bonneau and David Beraka discusses two areas in particular that have left universities facing FCA judgments and settlements in recent years: research funding and Medicare and Medicaid claims at university hospitals.

May 12, 2014

WilmerHale Hosts Panel on the UN Report on Human Rights Violations in North Korea

On April 22, WilmerHale’s Washington DC office hosted a panel discussion entitled “Crimes Against Humanity: The UN Report on Human Rights Violations in North Korea” as part of the firm’s Diversity Speaker Series.

January 17, 2014

The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth Honors WilmerHale

WilmerHale was honored for outstanding pro bono dedication and efforts at this year’s Healing & Hope reception, an annual awards ceremony and fundraiser for the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth.

July 3, 2011

Book Annotation: Detention and Denial: The Case for Candor after Guantánamo

44 N.Y.U. J. Int’l L. & Pol. 1131.

Honors & Awards

  • Congressional Security Scholar (2009), Truman National Security Project

Professional Activities

Mr. Beraka is a board member of the Bar Association of DC's Young Lawyer's Section.   


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JD, New York University School of Law, 2012, Senior Articles Editor, New York University Journal of International Law & Politics  

BA, History, Northwestern University, 2006

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

United States Supreme Court

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