Mr. Peavler serves as general counsel of HD Vest Financial Services®, leading all legal functions for the firm. Mr. Peavler brings more than 20 years of experience providing legal guidance in highly regulated industries.
Prior to joining HD Vest, Mr. Peavler served as the associate director for Enforcement for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Fort Worth Regional Office, where he headed the agency’s enforcement efforts in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas. During his SEC tenure, Mr. Peavler conducted and led a number of significant investigations, and was a frequent public speaker on a variety of SEC enforcement topics. While at the SEC, Mr. Peavler received the Irving M. Pollack Award, one of the SEC’s top honorary awards for exceptional public service, and the Arthur F. Mathews Award, recognizing sustained demonstrated creativity in applying federal securities laws.
Before the SEC, Mr. Peavler was a partner in the trial section of Locke Liddell (now Locke Lord), where he primarily represented major accounting firms in auditing malpractice and securities class actions, and was in-house with Phillips Petroleum Company and ConocoPhillips, handling general corporate and transactional matters.
David is a lifelong Texan and enjoys travel, watching football and baseball, and old movies. He is an ardent follower of the Dallas sports teams. He and his wife met in law school and have been together ever since. They have two children and too many pets.
Mr. Peavler received his law degree from the University of Texas and his undergraduate degree in accounting and economics from Baylor University.