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David B. Hardison

David B. Hardison

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Washington, DC, USA


David B. Hardison is co-head of Fried Frank's Professional Services Defense and Counseling Practice and maintains a resident practice in both Fried Frank's Washington, DC and New York offices.  He joined the Firm in 1984 and became a partner in 1993.

Mr. Hardison concentrates his practice in securities enforcement, regulation and litigation.  His practice includes counseling public companies and their officers and directors on their regulatory and disclosure obligations and representing clients before the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.  He has particular experience in cases involving complex accounting, auditing and financial reporting issues.  Mr. Hardison has also advised each of the “Big Four” accounting firms and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants on issues relating to scope of services and auditor independence, and has represented both accounting firms and individual audit partners in connection with SEC, PCAOB and other regulatory inquiries.

Mr. Hardison has authored numerous articles on current issues arising under the federal securities and banking laws in publications ranging from Legal Times to The Business Lawyer to The National Law Journal.  He is a frequent speaker on securities and accountancy law.

Mr. Hardison headed a Subcommittee that focuses on the activities of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and is a Member of the Law and Accounting Committee, of the American Bar Association.

He received his JD from Columbia Law School in 1984 where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and his AB, cum laude, from  Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs in 1981, where he was member of the Phi Beta Kappa society.  Mr. Hardison is admitted to the bar in the District of Columbia; and New York.

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