David Sands is a partner and Leader of the Entertainment, Technology and Advertising Team. He is also the former Practice Leader of the Firm's Corporate Practice Group. David splits his time among the Firm's Los Angeles, Orange County, and Century City offices.

Areas of Practice

David handles major strategic and institutional transactions involving corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures.

David concentrates on the representation of companies involved in the media, entertainment and technologies industries and companies involved in the creation and distribution of financial products and financial services in a wide variety of key strategic transactions, including formation planning and initial capitalization, executive compensation structures, Internet and e-commerce arrangements and institutional capital transactions and other forms of equity and debt offerings (public and private), strategic alliances and partnerships, and merger and acquisitions (including take private transactions). He has extensive experience in providing counseling and providing strategic planning for the Firm's clients.



Top Entertainment Attorney, Dealmakers Impact Report, Variety, 2021

Top Entertainment Attorney, Variety's Legal Impact Report, 2017, 2019, 2021-2022

Best Lawyer in America, Best Lawyers, 2017-2023

Top leading Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions (Venture Capital) Lawyer, Chambers & Partners, 2007-2016

"Most Influential M&A Advisors" in Los Angeles Business Journal, 2013

"Top Transactional Attorneys" in Variety's Legal Impact Report, 2013

"Game-Changing Attorneys" in Variety's Legal Impact Report, 2012 and 2015

Featured in Variety's "Dealmakers Impact Report '08." The profile covers several of his entertainment industry matters: representing Reveille owners in its sale to Shine, Cookie Jar in its purchase of DIC and a dispute with American Greetings, as well as Endemol in its acquisition of 51 Minds and Original Media.

Southern California Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2009-2023

Mergers & Acquisitions, Legal 500, 2008-2012, 2014-2020, 2022

Media and Entertainment: Transactional, Legal 500, 2021-2022

Which Lawyer?, Corporate/M&A, Practical Law Company, 2009-2012



Consumer Finance and Fintech Blog Posts

Corporate & Securities Law Blog Posts

Financial Institutions Law Blog Posts

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, "Building Relationships for Success," Houlihan Lokey Conference on Financial Services Industry, New York, NY, March 5, 2014


J.D., Boston University, 1987

B.A., Oberlin College, 1984


  • California
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