Professional Details

David A. Kettel

Of Counsel

David A. Kettel specializes in white collar criminal defense and internal investigations, as well as complex civil litigation.  Mr. Kettel has investigated, prosecuted and defended such diverse cases as bankruptcy, bank HUD and visa fraud, narcotics trafficking (including physician “pill mill” cases), identity theft, and alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and the International Emergency Economics Powers Act (“IEEPA”).  He is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Central District of California, where he was a member of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.

While in private practice, Mr. Kettel successfully defended a wealthy Italian national in a foreign extradition matter, In the Matter of Extradition of Massimiliano Lanzani, wherein the Spanish government sought the client’s extradition for alleged VAT tax fraud.  The client was ultimately released from custody and allowed to return home to Italy.  Mr. Kettel was also a member of the defense team in U.S. v. Lindsey Manufacturing et al., an FCPA case, which was dismissed due to government misconduct. 

In 2014, Mr. Kettel’s victim hedge fund clients prevailed in their Petition for Remission of up to $200 million in connection with several significant civil asset forfeiture cases pending in the Central District of California.  Those cases arose out of an international securities fraud scheme that involved the manipulation of billions of shares in “penny stock” companies. 

Mr. Kettel is also a seasoned commercial litigator and trial lawyer, and has tried cases involving the oil and gas and maritime industries, trust disputes, bankruptcy and intellectual property rights. 


Mr. Kettel is not an employee of Theodora Oringher. As Of Counsel to the Firm, he is an independent attorney with a separate law practice that handles matters and clients having no affiliation with the firm, who also works on certain specific matters for the firm on a contract and case by case basis. His work is not affiliated with TO unless the client has a current written engagement letter with our firm.


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