David B. Pitofsky is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of News Corp.
As General Counsel, Mr. Pitofsky oversees global legal operations including litigation, mergers and acquisitions, ethics and corporate governance matters. As Chief Compliance Officer, he chairs the Company’s Compliance Steering Committee. He joined News Corp. in 2013 as Deputy General Counsel and Deputy Chief Compliance Officer.
Mr. Pitofsky previously held the position of partner at Goodwin Procter LLP. In his eight years at Goodwin Procter, Mr. Pitofsky’s litigation practice focused on white collar defense, government and internal investigations, and securities litigation and enforcement. His high-profile matters included representing a former Big 4 accounting partner who was acquitted at trial in what was then billed as the largest tax fraud case in U.S. history. He also represented Kenneth R. Feinberg in his role as Claims Administrator for the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, which was established in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon incident.
From 1996 to 2005, Mr. Pitofsky was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, rising to the level of Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division. While in that office, he spearheaded the prosecution of a national computer software company and several of its senior executives for securities fraud and obstruction of justice, which resulted in convictions and a precedent-setting deferred prosecution agreement. Mr. Pitofsky was invited to make a presentation regarding the case to the President’s Corporate Fraud Task Force.
Mr. Pitofsky is a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and Chair of its Nominating and Governance Committee, a member of the Executive Committee of the Federal Bar Council, and an officer of the Federal Bar Foundation. ?In June 2015, he was recognized on the “Attorneys Who Matter” list by Ethisphere Institute, the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practice. In May 2017, Mr. Pitofsky received the George A. Katz Torch of Learning Award from The American Friends of Hebrew University.
Mr. Pitofsky is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he graduated with High Honors, and Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an Executive Editor of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics. He is a member of the New York Bar.
Mr. Pitofsky is married to Trena Keating and has three sons. He is a contributing writer for The Times Literary Supplement.