As Senior Managing Director, David C. Cook manages the San Francisco and Los Angeles offices of Guidepost Solutions and specializes in the areas of litigation support, internal investigations, due diligence and fraud and theft of trade secret investigations. He has more than 30 years of experience working with law firms, corporations, financial institutions, high tech companies, private equity and venture capital firms, and companies in the medical device and food products sector. Mr. Cook’s in-depth experience includes cases involving embezzlement, trade secret theft and misappropriation, export violations, stock options backdating, securities fraud, franchise litigation and background investigations of people and entities worldwide in connection with proxy battles, investments and joint venture/supplier/distributor agreements.
Mr. Cook has counseled law firm and corporate clients on issues involving workplace violence, including the planning and implementation of enhanced security measures, as well as conducting interviews of both victims and alleged perpetrators.
Prior to joining Guidepost Solutions in 2013, Mr. Cook served as the director of the Ryan LLC Fraud and Forensic Recovery practice in California. Previously, he was a director for the San Francisco office of Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP and led its West Coast Business Intelligence Services practice.
Mr. Cook also served as a regional managing director of SafirRosetti, founder and chief executive officer of Noesis and managing director of Kroll Associates. Earlier in his career, he was with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for eight years as a Special Agent, Legal Advisor and Instructor, where he worked on white collar crime, organized crime and foreign counter intelligence matters.
Mr. Cook has presented at industry seminars, including the Practising Law Institute, on conducting due diligence and investigating theft of trade secrets.