DALLAS, May 28 – The global law firm Jones Day has announced that Securities and Exchange Commission official David Woodcock will join the Firm's Dallas Office as a partner in its Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement Practice at the end of June. Mr. Woodcock has served for the last four years as Regional Director of the SEC's Fort Worth Regional Office, and since August 2013 as the Chair of the SEC's national Financial Reporting and Auditing Task Force.
"David brings a broad base of experience and insights from his years in government service, private practice, and the auditing profession," said Bob Gaffey, co-leader of Jones Day's global Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement Practice. "With his deep and sophisticated experience handling enforcement matters for the SEC involving all manner of securities law violations, and supervising examinations of financial institutions, he will add tremendously to our Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement Practice both across the U.S. and internationally. We are delighted that he's chosen Jones Day for his return to the private sector."
"In addition to his SEC experience, David adds a seasoned litigator to the strong lineup in our Dallas and Houston offices," added Hilda Galvan, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day's Dallas Office. "We are pleased to bring this increased depth of talent to serve our clients involved in litigation in Texas and around the country."
As head of the SEC's Fort Worth Regional Office, Mr. Woodcock supervised the enforcement program and broker-dealer and investment adviser examination programs throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas. Enforcement matters brought under his directorship ran the full gamut of securities-based fraud and regulatory matters. Mr. Woodcock directed a group of more than 125 lawyers, accountants, examiners, and support staff.
On the national level, Mr. Woodcock helped form and head the SEC's Financial Reporting and Audit Task Force, comprised of accountants and attorneys who use innovative methods and technology to prevent, detect, and investigate potential financial statement and accounting fraud. He also played a leading role in the SEC's National Exam Program, which has been expanding its outreach to investors, senior officials of registered entities, fellow regulators, and industry groups for the purpose of improving compliance, reducing fraud, and informing regulatory policy.
A graduate of Louisiana State University (B.S. Accounting), Mr. Woodcock worked as an auditor with two public accounting firms prior to earning his J.D. with honors from the University of Texas School of Law. After law school, Mr. Woodcock clerked for the Honorable Howell Cobb, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas. Before entering government service with the SEC, Mr. Woodcock was a partner at an international law firm where his practice focused on corporate and securities class actions and SEC Enforcement defense, as well as general civil litigation.
Jones Day is a global law firm with 41 offices in major centers of business and finance throughout the world. Its unique governance system fosters an unparalleled level of integration and contributes to its perennial raking as among the best in the world in client services. Jones Day provides significant legal representation for almost half of the Fortune 500, Fortune Global 500 and FT Global 500.