David C. Waterman spent more than four years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida where he served as a federal prosecutor in the Appellate and Criminal Divisions. As a federal prosecutor, David argued appeals before the Eleventh Circuit and directed federal and local law enforcement agencies in grand jury and wiretap investigations. In 2020, David joined Lane & Waterman (the fifth generation in his family to practice at L&W). At Lane & Waterman, David’s practice areas include civil litigation, white collar criminal defense, government regulatory and compliance, and appeals.
Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, David clerked for The Honorable Michael J. Melloy, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (2015 to 2016); The Honorable Mark W. Bennett (Ret.), U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa (2014 to 2015); and The Honorable John A. Jarvey, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa (2013 to 2014).
David earned his J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 2013. While at UCLA, David served as a member of the National and State Moot Court Competition Teams and the Vice President of External Affairs of the Moot Court Honors Board. He externed for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California (Summer 2012) and for The Honorable David G. Sills, California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (Summer 2011).
Prior to UCLA, he earned his M.Phil. in Political Thought and Intellectual History from the University of Cambridge in 2010. He earned his B.A. in Political Science, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from The George Washington University Honors Program in 2009, where he studied abroad for the 2007 to 2008 academic year at the University of Oxford.
David is an avid endurance sports enthusiast and has completed four Ironman triathlons. He was a varsity ice hockey player at the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford.
The George Washington University (B.A., summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, 2009)
University of Cambridge (M.Phil., 2010)
UCLA School of Law (J.D., 2013)
Law Clerk to the Honorable John A. Jarvey U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa (2013-2014)
Law Clerk to the Honorable Mark W. Bennett (Ret.) U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa (2013-2014)
Law Clerk to the Honorable Michael J. Melloy U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (2015-2016)
Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida (2016-2020)
Iowa – 2013
Southern District of Iowa – 2014
Northern District of Iowa – 2014
Member, Iowa State Bar Association
Member, Federal Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Scott County Bar Association
Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Member, Iowa Defense Counsel Association
Outstanding Individual Achievement in Oral Argument, Roger J. Traynor California Appellate Moot Court Competition (Spring 2012)
Outstanding Oral Advocate, UCLA Moot Court Competition (Fall 2011)
Member, Board of Trustees, Quad City Symphony Orchestra (2021-Present)
Co-Author, “A Fresh Look at Jurors Questioning Witnesses: A Review of Eighth Circuit and Iowa Appellate Precedents and an Empirical Analysis of Federal and State Trial Judges and Trial Lawyers,” 64 Drake Law Review 485 (2016)
Co-Presenter, “Allocution,” Twenty-Eighth Annual National Seminar on Federal Sentencing (August 2019)
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