David Tittsworth, Former President of Investment Adviser Association, to Join Ropes & Gray’s Washington, D.C. Office

April 21, 2015

Ropes & Gray LLP is pleased to announce that David G. Tittsworth will join the firm’s investment management practice as counsel in the Washington, D.C. office in June. The firm and its investment adviser and investment fund clients will benefit from Mr. Tittsworth’s extensive experience with securities law and policy issues relating to the investment management industry.

Mr. Tittsworth’s 18-year tenure as the president and CEO of the Investment Adviser Association (IAA), a not-for-profit organization that represents the interests of SEC-registered investment advisory firms before Congress, the SEC, the CFTC and other regulators, gives him a unique perspective on the issues faced by Ropes & Gray investment management clients. Mr. Tittsworth will be an important resource and strategic adviser to Ropes & Gray and its clients. 

“David’s arrival will complement Ropes & Gray’s investment management capabilities in Washington, D.C.,” said Bryan Chegwidden, co-chair of the firm’s investment management practice. “He will be a valuable resource to our practice, including by serving as a connection to industry organizations and regulatory agencies.”

Mr. Tittsworth will join Ropes & Gray’s award-winning investment management practice, which represents investment advisers and investment funds of all types and the independent directors of many of the largest and best-known fund groups, at a time of global industry expansion and increasing regulatory complexity. The firm’s investment management clients include more than 1,000 mutual funds, and investment management firms ranging from start-up ventures to those with over $1 trillion in assets under management. The addition of Mr. Tittsworth is the latest step in the geographic expansion of the firm’s globally recognized investment management practice, which has recently added two partners in London and two partners in Chicago.

“I am excited to join Ropes & Gray’s investment management group, with its outstanding reputation and integrated team,” said Mr. Tittsworth. “I look forward to remaining actively involved in the industry and leveraging my experience in a meaningful way to help enhance the firm’s Washington, D.C. practice.”

Mr. Tittsworth is involved in numerous professional activities and frequently speaks and writes about investment management industry issues. His industry knowledge has garnered him recognition from highly respected publications. Most recently, he was honored with the “Fiduciary of the Year” award presented by the Committee on the Fiduciary Standard.

In addition to his prominent role as a leader of the IAA, Mr. Tittsworth has held positions in the public and private sectors in Washington, D.C., including counsel or senior counsel roles on various U.S. House of Representatives committees and sub-committees and as general counsel at a well respected lobbying firm. Mr. Tittsworth received his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Kansas.