“ No two situations or clients are alike. My work at the SEC and in private practice has given me the experience to deal with a myriad of circumstances.
Dave is co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Corporate Finance | Capital Markets practice. He served as Chief Counsel of the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Dave is a highly respected securities advisory counsel who provides guidance to Fortune 100 corporations, small public companies, underwriters, and other market participants on corporate finance matters and best practices for disclosures and compliance. In addition to being a leading authority on U.S. SEC issues, he is particularly well known in the area of executive compensation disclosure, having co-authored, “The Executive Compensation Disclosure Treatise and Reporting Guide.” Dave is a recognized authority on the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act of 2012.
While serving as Chief Counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance, Dave led the rulemaking team that drafted sweeping revisions to the SEC’s executive compensation and related party disclosure rules. He re-joined the SEC as Chief Counsel shortly after adoption of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, and served in that position until 2007. As a result, he was intimately involved in implementing and interpreting the record amount of SEC rulemaking that occurred in the wake of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Dave initially served on the SEC staff from 1995-2000 as an Attorney-Advisor and subsequently a Special Counsel in the Division of Corporation Finance. While in private practice from 2000-2003, he advised clients on SEC investigations, securities transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance.
Dave is co-editor of TheCorporateCounsel.net and The Corporate Counsel, which are widely read sources on securities, governance, and corporate law matters. He also has served as chair of the American Bar Association Business Law Section’s Federal Regulation of Securities Committee, co-chair of the Practising Law Institute’s Annual Institute on Securities Regulation and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society.Show More
Chambers USA 2019
Legal 500 US 2019
Legal 500 US 2019
Chambers USA 2020