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David Duperrault
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Phone: (408) 573-5700

One North Market St., Suite 200
San Jose, California 95113

Super Lawyers Badge David Duperrault is a founder of Silicon Valley Law Group.  He manages the Financial Services Group, which includes creditors' rights and remedies, commercial and real estate finance, equipment leasing, asset-based lending, business bankruptcy and reorganization, receivership, assignments for the benefit of creditors, foreclosure, problem loan workouts, and restructuring.  David also specializes in energy law, policy and finance, including renewable energy and other clean technology.

David represents a wide range of clients, including financial institutions and other lenders, business borrowers and guarantors, investors acquiring or disposing of assets through insolvency proceedings, commercial landlords and tenants in bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings, officers, directors and employees in recovering severance, stock options or other benefits, sellers of businesses in recovering sums owed by purchasers, creditors in defending preference litigation, equipment lessors, vendors, brokers, receivers, trustees, licensors/licensees of intellectual property, health care providers, and creditors' committees.  

David chairs the Cleantech and Climate Change Committee of the Section of Science and Technology Law of the American Bar Association.

David is frequently asked to serve as a lecturer and faculty member in his areas of expertise.  His teaching experience includes the following:

  • Stanford Law School, Stanford University, part-time faculty member, Real Property Transactions (Finance.)
  • Santa Clara University School of Law, adjunct professor, Real Property Secured Transactions.
  • Enforcing Security Interests In IP And Other Personal Property, Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Impact of Bankruptcy on Real Estate Practice, Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Commercial Real Estate Issues under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, Congressman Don Edwards Inn of Court. 
  • High Technology Bankruptcy Cases, Santa Clara County Bar Association. 
  • Problem Loans in California, Sterling Education Systems.

David has achieved success for his creditor clients in numerous notable Chapter 11 cases, including:

  • Enron Corporation
  • WorldCom
  • Levitz Furniture
  • Circuit City
  • Musicland
  • 3dfx
Representative Clients
  • Silicon Valley Bank
  • Bridge Bank
  • Applied Materials, Inc.
  • U.S. Bank
  • Comerica Bank
  • Heritage Bank of Commerce
  • Mega Bank
  • San Jose Museum of Art
  • City of Palo Alto
  • Symphony Silicon Valley
Representative Engagements
  • Obtained a large settlement for a Silicon Valley investment bank after the venture investors refused to pay the commission it earned for selling their portfolio company.
  • Successfully defended a landowner against a predatory lender seeking to foreclose on his Carmel property and to seize his Portola Valley ranch.
  • Negotiated the resolution of a multi-million dollar claim against a builder for a small fraction of the asserted guarantee liability.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for a Silicon Valley executive who joined a tech company only to find that it was headed toward Chapter 11 bankruptcy. 
  • Obtained payment in full of client’s claim for executive compensation.
  • Defended the City of Palo Alto against a $60 million claim by Enron Corporation.
  • Vermont Law School, LLM expected in 2016
  • J.D., cum laude, University of Michigan Law School
  • B.A., cum laude, Lawrence University
  • California
  • Michigan
Professional Associations
  • Chair, Cleantech and Climate Change Committee, Section of Science and Technology Law, American Bar Association
  • Past co-chair, Legislation Subcommittee, Insolvency Law Committee, Business Law Section, State Bar of California
  • Past chair, San Jose Bank Attorneys Association.
  • Past director, Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum.
  • Executive Committee, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section,
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association.
  • Charter member, Congressman Don Edwards Inn of Court.
  • Part-time Faculty, Stanford Law School.
  • Adjunct Professor, Santa Clara School of Law.
Special Recognition
  • "Northern California Super Lawyer," San Francisco Magazine and Law and Politics Media, 2004-2015
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell since 1991
  • David serves on the Board of Directors of the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art.
  • David and his wife opened their home to foster children through the Santa Clara County Department of Child and Family Services.
  • David was a board member and vice-chair of Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley (formerly San Jose Cleveland Ballet.) 
  • David served on the Advisory Board of Symphony Silicon Valley.
  • David supports San Jose Museum of Art, Los Altos Education Foundation, Heop One Child, and Second Harvest Food Bank.  He was a founding parent and supporter of Bullis Charter School.