David was born in Houma, Louisiana and grew up in Sugar Land, Texas. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Finance in 1998, and, after college, worked as an investment banker in New York. He went to law school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. After graduating from law school in 2008, David joined the law firm of King & Spalding in Charlotte, North Carolina where he worked for about eight years.
David is a trial lawyer and business litigator. He focuses on providing clients with high-value, practical, and strategic advice to resolve disputes, both in and out of court. He has experience litigating and resolving disputes involving contracts, real estate, corporate M&A transactions, trade secrets, unfair and deceptive trade practices, and securities and investments, among other things. And he’s handled cases at trial and on appeal in state and federal courts. David was named by Super Lawyers as one of North Carolina’s “Rising Stars” in 2015 and has been selected as a top rated business litigator in North Carolina each year since.
Some of the cases David has handled include:
- Winning a bench trial in North Carolina state court to enforce a real estate firm’s lease and real property rights, and successfully defending the decision on appeal
- Winning a permanent injunction in New York federal court, upheld on appeal by the Second Circuit, stopping a rogue arbitration against a major commercial bank and its broker-dealer affiliate
- Successfully enforcing commercial real estate loan guarantees in North Carolina federal court, and winning dismissal of debt collection counterclaims that raised statutory interpretation issues of first impression
- Representing a telecommunications company through trial in a books and records action brought by dissident directors in Delaware Chancery Court and convincing the Court to substantially narrow the records obtained
- Favorably resolving product defect and warranty claims in North Carolina federal court and international arbitration for a global automotive part maker
- Representing a yoga studio in North Carolina state and federal court in pursuing claims of fraud and breach of contract against a general contractor
- Defending a national bank in New York federal court against claims by the U.S. Government of nationwide residential mortgage fraud
- Representing a clean energy company in North Carolina business court in pursuing trade secret misappropriation and unfair trade practices claims against a competitor
- Successfully defending a broker-dealer in arbitration in New York against claims of securities fraud in connection with auction rate securities and interest rate swaps contracts
- Representing a national retailer in North Carolina state and federal court against breach of lease and eviction claims
David also maintains an active pro bono practice and stays involved in the Charlotte community. As a volunteer lawyer with the Council for Children’s Rights, he’s represented children in high-conflict custody disputes between parents. As a member of the Federal Bar Association’s Leadership Council, he helped design the Pro Se Settlement Assistance Program adopted by the Western District of North Carolina federal court, and, through the Program, assists clients who cannot afford an attorney with settlement advice at mediation. David currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board for House of Mercy, a charitable organization serving residents living with HIV/AIDS.
Bar and Court Admissions:
- North Carolina State Bar
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
- U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
- U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit