David Smyth - Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP

David Smyth

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2017
Phone: 919-573-6218

David Smyth represents corporations and individuals facing federal and state government investigations.  He also conducts internal corporate investigations and advises companies on compliance with federal and state securities laws and other laws and regulations.  He has handled cases before the Securities and Exchange Commission, the US Department of Justice, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  David's past experience as an Assistant Director in the SEC's Division of Enforcement gives him the experience and understanding necessary to handle complex securities and financial investigations and litigation.

David also counsels companies and individuals on data privacy issues, including drafting data security policies and responding to government inquiries regarding data security incidents for corporate clients.  David is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), the preeminent credential in the field of privacy.

David is a frequent writer and speaker on subjects ranging from securities fraud to whistleblower laws to data privacy.  He regularly contributes to two Brooks Pierce blogs: Cady Bar the Door, regarding SEC enforcement actions, and Digital Media and Data Privacy Law.


Davidson CollegeBA 1992University of North Carolina School of LawJ.D. 2000

Office Location

Wells Fargo Capitol Center, Suite 1700
150 Fayetteville Street
P.O. Box 1800
Raleigh, NC 27602
United States

Practice Areas

Securities Regulation