David Stockton advises businesses in all aspects of corporate finance. He has represented numerous issuers in initial and secondary public offerings and has extensive experience in private placements of securities. Mr. Stockton’s focuses his practice on the full range of securities regulations applicable to officers, directors, and principal shareholders of public corporations, including share resale restrictions, Section 16, and insider-trading matters. He has extensive experience in the legal aspects of mergers and acquisitions, particularly those involving public companies. He has represented audit, compensation and various special committees of public company boards and has dealt with all aspects of public company corporate governance.

Mr. Stockton has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® in each year since 1995, most recently in the practice areas of Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, and Securities Regulation. He was also named the 2013 "Atlanta Lawyer of the Year" in the area of Securities/Capital Markets Law and the 2015 “Atlanta Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Securities Regulation by The Best Lawyers in America®. Mr. Stockton has been listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in Corporate Law/M&A Law each year since 2004, and was listed in band 1 in its 2013, 2014 and 2015 editions. He is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*

* CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.

Professional & Community Activities

American Bar Association, Federal Regulation of Securities Subcommittee, Member

Atlanta Bar Association, Member and Past Chairman of the Business Practice Section

Partnership Against Domestic Violence, Board of Directors, Member and Treasurer

State Bar of Georgia, Member and Past Chairman of the Business Law Section, and Past Chairman of the Business Law Section’s Securities Committee


  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D. (1982)
    with honors
  • Emory University, B.A. (1978)

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia (1982)

Who We Are

What fully engaged means to me:

Being “fully engaged” on your client’s behalf means more than just confirming that every technical issue is recognized and addressed, that should be a given. More important is applying your experience to help foresee the challenges that your client’s position in a deal is likely to face and then guiding the transaction so these challenges are resolved in the most advantageous manner. That’s where we add real value to a client’s efforts in any kind of transaction.

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David A. Stockton

Experience Highlights

Corporate governance investigation for a Midwest-based REIT
Represented a Midwest-based REIT in a corporate governance investigation. The firm reported to an audit committee of the NYSE-listed issuer regarding more
Merger of Innotrac Corporation
Represented Innotrac Corporation, a provider of eCommerce order processing, fulfillment and customer care services, in its aborted merger with GSI more
Redemption of National Vision Inc.'s senior secured notes and its acquisition by a private equity firm
Represented National Vision Inc., one of America's largest retail optical chains, in connection with the redemption of its 12% Senior Secured Notes, more
Refinancing of a NYSE-listed tow truck manufacturing company
Represented a NYSE-listed tow truck manufacturer in a series of refinancings involving its founding shareholder and a special committee. more