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David C. Ware is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is a member of the firm’s Securities Enforcement, Securities Litigation, Accounting Firm Advisory and Defense, and White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Groups.
Mr. Ware’s practice focuses on government investigations and enforcement actions, internal investigations, and litigation in the areas of auditing and accounting, securities fraud, and related aspects of federal regulatory and criminal law. He also counsels clients concerning compliance with SEC and PCAOB rules and standards.
Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Mr. Ware spent nearly six years at the PCAOB’s Division of Enforcement and Investigations, rising to the position of Associate Director. While at the PCAOB, Mr. Ware was responsible for numerous complex and high-profile investigations, including acting as the lead attorney in some of the PCAOB’s most significant enforcement actions.
Mr. Ware received a number of honors while at the PCAOB, including the Superior Achievement Award in 2017 and the Division Director’s Award in 2014 and 2016. Prior to working at the PCAOB, Mr. Ware was an associate at another international law firm, handling securities, accounting, and FCPA matters.
Mr. Ware received his Juris Doctor cum laude from Harvard Law School and his bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Dartmouth College. Following law school, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert J. Cordy of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
Mr. Ware is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Massachusetts, as well as before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First Circuit and Third Circuit.
Harvard University - 2002 Juris Doctor
Dartmouth College - 1998 Bachelor of Arts
District of Columbia Bar