David Richard Snyder

David Snyder

Title: Senior Counsel to the Firm
Company: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Location: San Diego, California, United States

David Richard Snyder, Senior Counsel to the Firm at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the legal industry.

Demonstrating more than 40 years of professional experience, Mr. Snyder is a seasoned and esteemed lawyer who has been serving as senior counsel to the firm at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in San Diego, CA, since 2017. In his position, he focuses his practice on life sciences, technology and media, emerging growth and venture capital, and mergers and acquisitions. He formerly served the firm at chair of the business department, partner of the corporate and securities practice, and member of the managing board from 2005 to 2017, as well as its predecessor firm, Pillsbury Winthrop LLP, as vice chairman and on the managing board between 1999 and 2005. In addition to his primary roles, he also lends his expertise to the California Continuing Education of Bar as a lecturer.

Mr. Snyder notably holds a Bachelor of Arts, with high honors, from Michigan State University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence, with distinction, from Cornell University. He was subsequently inducted into the Order of the Coif. He has been admitted to practice by the California State Bar since 1974. During his time at Cornell, he was the editor of the Cornell Law Review from 1973 to 1974. Years later, he served as the co-author of “Drafting Legal Instruments” in 1982.

The most pivotal moment of Mr. Snyder’s career was concluding the former largest biotechnology merger transaction, which was the combination of Idec Pharmaceuticals and Biogen. He has been registered in Hong Kong, China, as a foreign lawyer with the Law Society of Hong Kong, as well as with the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Affiliated with the American Bar Association, he has consistently been recognized in Best Lawyers, Chambers USA and The Legal 500 U.S. In addition, he was the two-time recipient of Lawyer of the Year in corporate law from Best Lawyers. Mr. Snyder has been highlighted in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in the West and Who’s Who in the World.

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