David G. Tittsworth


  • JD, University of Kansas School of Law
  • BA, University of Kansas


  • District of Columbia, 2016
  • Federal Bar Association
  • DC Bar Association
  • Investment Adviser Association Annual Leadership Conference Honoree (April 24, 2015)
  • Committee on the Fiduciary Standard’s “Fiduciary of the Year” award recipient (2014)
  • REP Magazine “The Ten to Watch” (2012)
  • RIA Biz “10 Most Influential Figures in the RIA Business” (2012)
  • Investment Advisor “25 Most Influential People” (2009 and 2011)

David G. Tittsworth


David Tittsworth is a counsel in Ropes & Gray’s investment management practice in Washington, D.C. He provides information and advice to clients on the ever-changing regulatory and legislative landscape for asset management firms. Prior to joining the firm, David was president and CEO of the Investment Adviser Association (IAA) for 18 years. In this position, David advocated on behalf of the investment advisory profession on numerous legislative, regulatory, compliance, and policy issues. Before his long tenure with the IAA, David worked in various positions on Capitol Hill, including serving as Counsel to the House Energy & Commerce Committee chaired by Rep. John Dingell.



  • Panelist, “The SEC’s Three Fiduciary Duty-related Proposals: A Framework that Threatens to Transform How IAs and BDs Do Business,” IA Watch Webinar (May 15, 2018)

  • Keynote Presenter, “Stay up-to-date with Changes at the SEC and MiFID II to Enhance your Compliance Program,” Registrant Regulation: Conduct & Compliance (May 4, 2018)

  • Moderator, “Key Legal & Regulatory Issues: Asset Management,” SIFMA’s Compliance & Legal Regional Seminar—Boston (May 1, 2018)

  • Presenter, “A View From Washington,” Ropes & Gray - Boston (January 12, 2018 and February 28, 2018)
  • Panelist, “2017 In Review: The Hedge Funds Industry,” Ropes & Gray Webinar (January 10, 2018)
  • Panelist, “Fiduciary Trends: Latest on Rules and Policy Initiatives in Washington Impacting Wealth Managers,” Investments & Wealth Institute’s “Fiduciary Focus” Conference (November 13, 2017) 
  • Panelist, “Washington Update: How the Political Environment Affects the Investment Adviser Industry,” ACA 2017 Fall Compliance Conference (October 26, 2017) 
  • Speaker, “US Regulatory Update,” PMAC Regulatory and Compliance Forum (May 31, 2017)
  • Moderator, “Advanced SEC Examination Workshop,” NRS Spring 2017 Compliance Conference (May 2, 2017)
  • Presenter/Opening Address, “The World According to Trump,” NRS Spring 2017 Compliance Conference (May 1, 2017)
  • Moderator, “The Regulatory Landscape: The World According to Trump,” Ascendant Compliance Conference, 2017 (April 4, 2017)
  • Panelist, InvestmentNews’ Regulatory Roundtable (March 31, 2017)
  • Speaker, “Planning for the Worst: BCP & Transition Planning,” Ascendant Compliance Management - Compliance Cast Series (February 23, 2017)
  • Panelist, “A View From Washington”, SIFMA Private Funds Roundtable (February 8, 2017)
  • Presenter, “A View From Washington,” Ropes & Gray - New York and Chicago (January 12, 2017 and February 7, 2017)
  • Panelist, “Policy, Pricing and Products: Planning for 2017,” Ignites Exchange Webcast (December 20, 2016)
  • Moderator, “Addressing Concerns Around Systemic Risk In The Asset Management Industry,” SIFMA AMG’s Global Developments Conference 2016 (October 13, 2016)
  • Speaker, “Go On….New Business Continuity and Succession Planning Rule,” Ascendant Compliance, September Conference (September 28, 2016)
  • Panelist, “Policy & Market Implications of the 2016 Election,” CFA Society of Washington, DC (April 20, 2016)
  • Speaker, “A View From Washington,” NYC Bar Association (March 2, 2016)
  • Speaker, “Why Advisers Need to Prepare for the DOL’s Fiduciary Duty Rule,” IA Compliance: The Full 360° View (February 25, 2016)
  • Panelist, “Assessing the DOL Fiduciary Rule,”, Institutional Investor Legal Forum’s Fall 2015 Roundtable (October 21, 2015)
  • Panelist, “Growing Your Business with Regulatory Confidence,” Regulatory Compliance’s Compliance Conference (September 25, 2015)
  • Panelist, “Senior Sales Practices" Regulatory Compliance’s Compliance Conference (September 25, 2015)
  • Moderator, “Regulatory Roundtable with Former and Current SEC and State Regulators,” Regulatory Compliance’s Compliance Conference (September 24, 2015)
  • Panelist, “Is the Advisers Act still spry at 75 or showing its age?” Institute for the Fiduciary Standard and Ropes & Gray (August 11, 2015)
  • Panelist, “The Asset Management Industry” Securities Experts Roundtable (August 8, 2015)
  • Panelist, “Planning for the next 5 years: Futurology session,” Investment Adviser and Broker-Dealer Compliance Conference, National Regulatory Services (May 5, 2015)
  • Panelist, “The Regulatory Agenda for Asset Managers; Avoiding Misunderstandings,” COO Management Roundtable, U.S. Institute (April 16, 2015)
  • Keynote Speaker, “The View From Washington, DC,” Investment Adviser Regulatory Update, National Regulatory Services (October 28, 2014)
  • Speaker, “An Overview of Recent U.S. Developments and Issues for Portfolio Managers,” Toronto Compliance Forum, Portfolio Management Association of Canada (September 23, 2014)
  • Speaker, “Capitol Hill Update,” GIPS Standards Annual Conference, CFA Institute (September 19, 2014)
  • Panelist, “Industry Views of Fiduciary Standard,” Fiduciary Leadership Summit, TD Institutional (September 16, 2014)
  • Speaker, “Looking to the Future,” Annual Leadership Conference, Investment Adviser Association (May 8, 2014)
  • Keynote Speaker, “The Regulatory Outlook,” Annual Conference, Shareholder Services Group (April 23, 2014)
  • Participant, SEC Roundtable on Cybersecurity (March 26, 2014)
  • Panelist, “Fiduciary Panel,” TD Institutional Annual Conference (January 30, 2014)
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