David handles complex corporate transactions, particularly mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, joint ventures and strategic commercial relationships. David has particular experience in the payments industry, handling acquisitions of payments-related businesses and assisting clients with payment processing agreements and other technology-related services agreements in the Fintech industry.

Prior to joining Taft, David was a partner in the corporate group of Eversheds Sutherland (US), LLP in Atlanta, Ga.


  • Honoree, Best Lawyers in America, Mergers and Acquisitions Law (2021)

  • Honoree, Leading Lawyers, Mergers & Acquisitions (2019)

  • Honoree, Georgia Super Lawyers® Rising Stars (2005 – 2012)

  • Honoree, The Legal 500 United States, Mergers Acquisitions and Buyouts (2009)

All Service Areas


  • Emory University School of Law (1999)

    with honors

  • Vanderbilt University (1996)

    cum laude


  • State - Ohio
  • State - Kentucky
  • State - Georgia

Notable Matters

  • Represented publicly-traded financial services company in the acquisition of multiple growth companies in the Fintech and payments industry.
  • Represented venture-backed technology business in its sale to European software company for $35 million.
  • Represented international services firm in the acquisition of a technology services business with operations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Hungary, and Japan.
  • Represented public company diversified industrials business in divestiture of subsidiary for $185 million.
  • Represented food and agribusiness concern in the acquisition of a food manufacturing business for $500 million.
  • Represented consumer products company in a merger with a public company in a transaction valued at $2.6 billion.
  • Represented publicly traded infrastructure business in its sale and the separate split off of a related business in a private securities offering in a transaction valued at $120 million.
  • Represented food company in acquisition of well-known consumer brand for $43 million.
  • Represented private equity sponsor in formation of multiple funds.

Speeches and Publications

Acquisition of Privately-Held Company: Drafting Points for the Stock Purchase Agreement, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia – Negotiated Corporate Acquisitions Program, February 2017.

Negotiating Letters of Intent: Using the Tools and Avoiding the Traps – Corporate and Litigation Perspectives, 36th Annual Business Law Institute, October 2017.

Insuring M&A Success: A Practical Guide for Utilizing Representation and Warranty Insurance, 35th Annual Business Law Institute, October 2016.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association

    Member, Mergers and Acquisitions Committee

Community Involvement

  • Ohio Justice and Policy Center

    Board of Directors