David M. Carter


Business Phone: 804.697.1253
Business Fax: 804.698.5196



David Carter is a partner in the firm’s Corporate practice. He focuses on the representation of public and private companies in connection with corporate governance, securities regulation, securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions. He regularly advises Boards of Directors and Board Committees with respect to these and other matters.

  • Represented telecommunications company in refinancing and self-tender offer valued at $750 million.
  • Represented telecommunications company in $135 million Rule 144A high-yield notes offering.
  • Represented telecommunications company in $173 million initial public offering.
  • Represented Internet service provider in acquisition of privately held company.
  • Represented energy company in $1.3 billion debt restructuring including a $760 million Rule 144A high yield notes offering.
  • Regular underwriters counsel for publicly held buyout and mezzanine investment company with aggregate offerings of approximately $6.3 billion.
  • Represented transportation company in $522.5 million initial public offering and $1.25 billion sale to a worldwide delivery company.
  • Represented biopharmaceutical company in initial public offering and convertible notes offering.
  • Represent numerous publicly held companies as regular securities and corporate governance counsel.

Presentations and Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Comparative Analysis of Georgia Business Entities, 18th Annual Corporation & Banking Law Institute, Sea Island, Georgia (1999).
  • Speaker, Public Offerings and the Process of Registering Securities, Practicing Law Institute Seminar, Atlanta, Georgia (1999-2001).

Professional and Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Member, ABA Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities
  • Adjunct Professor, Securities Regulation, Marshall Wythe School of Law, College of William andMary, 1993-94

Rankings and Recognition

  • Named as a Virginia Super Lawyer in Securities & Corporate Finance Law (2006-2016).
  • Named 2009 BTI Client Service All-Star.
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for Corporate Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, and Securities Regulation (2007-2018).
  • Recognized in The Legal 500 United States for Corporate (2015).

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP, 2006-present
  • Partner, Hunton & Williams LLP, 1992-2006
  • Associate, Hunton & Williams LLP, 1984-1992



  • University of Virginia, J.D., 1984
  • University of Virginia, Ph.D., 1981
  • University of Virginia, M.A., 1979
  • Northwestern University, B.A., 1974
    Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia