David Della Rocca, a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins, is the former Vice Chair of the Global Tax Department and the former Chair of the Global Executive Compensation, Employment & Benefits Practice. He focuses his practice on executive compensation and employee benefits matters. Mr. Della Rocca represents public and private clients in the design and drafting of equity-based and other incentive compensation arrangements. In particular, he designs stock option plans, employee stock purchase plans, deferred compensation plans, and various other types of incentive compensation plans and arrangements. Moreover, he advises clients with respect to tax, securities, and corporate law issues that arise in connection with the establishment and administration of such plans.

Mr. Della Rocca represents numerous clients with respect to benefits issues in corporate mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, initial public offerings, and other corporate transactions, and he represents employers and executives in connection with the negotiation of executive employment agreements. Mr. Della Rocca’s practice also includes advising companies on matters affecting tax-qualified retirement plans and health and welfare programs.

He has been recognized in the Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers list. He is also recognized as a Leading Lawyer by The Legal 500 US, and a recent edition specifically listed him as “particularly skilled in the tax aspects of benefits and executive compensation.”

Bar Qualification

  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Virginia


  • LLM, Georgetown University Law Center, 1998
  • JD, Hofstra University School of Law, 1996
  • BS, State University of New York, Geneseo, 1993