David S. Petron

DAVID PETRON has over ten years of experience defending companies and individuals in SEC investigations and other government enforcement matters. Those investigations include:

Representing a private, global financial services firm in a confidential investigation by the SEC involving alleged violations of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934;
Represented several multinational life sciences companies in FCPA investigations before the SEC and DOJ;
Represented Kyle Sampson in Congressional and other investigations relating to the removal of several U.S. Attorneys in 2006;
SEC v. Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated — represented broker-dealer in SEC investigation of e-mail retention and production issues; and
SEC v. Raytheon Company — represented defense contractor in SEC investigation of accounting and disclosure issues.

David’s SEC Enforcement practice includes defending companies in FCPA investigations and conducting FCPA internal investigations. In addition, David routinely counsels clients on FCPA and anti-corruption compliance programs and procedures. He has led comprehensive reviews of companies’ FCPA compliance programs and advised clients on FCPA issues related to mergers and acquisitions.

David has substantial experience with all aspects of complex electronic discovery matters, including predictive coding and technology-assisted reviews. He is a member of the firm’s Electronic Discovery Task Force.

David’s practice also includes appellate and regulatory matters involving the First Amendment. He has been heavily involved in free speech cases challenging the FCC’s regulation of broadcast indecency before the FCC and all levels of the federal courts, including a victory in the Supreme Court in FCC v. Fox Television Stations, Inc. (2010). David has also been involved in religious liberty litigation on a variety of church-state issues. David has briefed cases in the Supreme Court and a variety of federal circuit courts and personally argued cases before the D.C. Circuit and the D.C. Court of Appeals.

David joined the firm following clerkships with Judge Susan H. Black of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and Chief Judge D. Brooks Smith of the Western District of Pennsylvania. During the latter clerkship, he assisted Judge Smith with matters related to his nomination and ultimate confirmation to the Third Circuit. He graduated summa cum laude from Notre Dame Law School, where he served on the Law Review; he was also a dual-degree student in the Notre Dame Department of Philosophy, where he earned an M.A. and was admitted to candidacy for his Ph.D. David received his B.A., cum laude, from The George Washington University.

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Areas of Practice 1) Securities & Derivatives Enforcement and Regulatory, 2) Accountants/Professional Service Firms Liability and 3) Appellate
Law School Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 2001
Admitted Year 1998
Education George Washington University, B.A., 1997
Bar Member / Association District of Columbia Bar Association
Most recent firm Sidley Austin LLP
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