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David Woodcock Named Director of SEC Fort Worth Regional Office

Texas Business reports: The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that David Woodcock has been named regional director of the SEC’s Fort Worth Regional Office. He will begin working at the agency in mid-September.

Woodcock joins the SEC from the law firm of Vinson & Elkins LLP, where he has been a litigation partner in the firm’s Austin office with a practice focusing on securities and commercial litigation, internal corporate investigations, complex accounting and auditing issues, and antitrust matters.

Woodcock also has significant appellate experience. Prior to his legal career, Woodcock practiced public accounting for several years at Price Waterhouse LLP and Ernst & Young LLP.

“David is a tremendous talent who brings impressive legal and managerial skills with him to his new position as the head of our Fort Worth Regional Office,” said Robert Khuzami, director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement in a prepared statement. “The combination of David’s experience in law and public accounting, along with his sound judgment and outstanding work ethic, make him the ideal candidate to lead the Fort Worth Regional Office into the future.”

 “David is exceptionally qualified for this position,” said Carlo di Florio, director of the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations in a statement. He will be a tremendous asset to the SEC’s oversight of securities firms in the Fort Worth region and nationally.”

 “I am honored and pleased to have been chosen as the SEC’s Regional Director in Fort Worth,” said Woodcock in a statement. “I know from personal experience that the lawyers and examiners in the Fort Worth office are enormously talented, dedicated, and committed. I look forward to working with them to further the SEC’s mission of investor protection and ensuring fair and orderly markets.”

As regional director, Woodcock will oversee the Fort Worth office’s enforcement and examination activities in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas as well as the office’s enforcement activities in Kansas. Woodcock succeeds Rose Romero as regional director. She departed the SEC in March.

Woodcock earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Louisiana State University in 1992, and a JD from the University of Texas School of Law in 2000. He served as a law clerk for the Honorable Howell Cobb of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.