David Woodcock, SEC Regional Director and Chair of Financial Reporting and Auditing Task Force, Joins Jones Day

Monday, June 22, 2015 - 12:30

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."

As head of the SEC's Fort Worth Regional Office, 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. He directed a group of more than 125 lawyers, accountants, examiners, and support staff.

On the national level, 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.