David M. Furr

David Furr was admitted to the bar in 1982 in North Carolina, 1983 in Florida, the U.S. Tax Court in 1984, U. S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court. David Furr concentrates his practice in business development and licensing as well as transactional matters (representing mostly sell-side clients).  He has also been retained throughout his career to resolve complex business issues, both internal and external.



Admissions and Certifications

North Carolina - 1982
Florida - 1983
U.S. Tax Court - 1983
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit - 1984
U.S. Supreme Court - 1984


Wake Forest University (B.A. and J.D., 1980-1982)
University of Florida (LL.M. Taxation, 1983)

Board and Business Affiliations

Advisory Board Member, SC Cyber (2016-2018)

Palo Alto Networks (PANW:NYSE) Senior C Suite Consultant on marketing and large strategic initiatives (2015-2017)

North America Advisory Board Financial Services, Capgemini (2008-2016)

Law Board of Visitors, Wake Forest University

Board of Advisors, J. Nelson Young Tax Institute (UNC-Chapel Hill)

Community Involvement

Wake Forest University School of Law, Trustee
Charlotte Wine and Food Organization, Director
Charlotte Concerts, Chair Advisory Board


WFU Cyber Certificate for C Suite Program: author, moderator and lecturer for very successful program in its third year.

Wells Fargo Cyber Security Summit (October, 2016): author, moderator and lecturer for launch program for GIB.

Lock Down Your Login (March 2017): panelist with Senator Lindsey Graham; Cindy Liebes, Regional Director FTC; and Kristin Judge, National Cyber Security Alliance.

US Chamber of Commerce Cyber Security Conference (May 2017): author and panelist on the intersection of IT/OT and the dangers to manufacturing. Co-panelists included CISOs from Michelin and Savannah River Nat’l Labs.

US Chamber of Commerce Cyber Security Conference (May 2018): author and moderator of Cybersecurity for the SMB.

Avoiding the Bullseye: Lessons Learned From The Target Litigation (multiple republications) https://www.americanbar.org/groups/leadership/officeofthepresident/cybersecurity/resources/non-governmentalresources.html. Also, NC Bar Association 6/20/17 E Bar, L3 and Security Roundtable 7/1/17.

Cyber Security as a Managed Service (May 2017): Professional Services Management Journal that services the Architectural/Professional Engineering sector.

Aliens Invade New Mexico: Higher Education and Cyber Security at a Crossroads (ABA Oct. 2017) https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/lawnationalsecurity/ALIENS%20INVADE%20NEW%20MEXICO.authcheckdam.pdf (multiple republications)

Real Cyber Security Threats: A Discussion with Government and Private Sector Experts - author and moderator of Wake Forest University Certificates Program (Oct. 2017)

Connectivity vs. security – Lessons learned from a higher education breach. Interview by Erin Gore, Executive Vice President, Division Manager – Higher Education & Nonprofit Banking, Wells Fargo Bank. https://wholesale.wf.com/gib/connectivity-vs-security-lessons-learned-from-a-higher-ed-breach/

Manufacturing a Better IIoT Security Strategy. Security Roundtable (2017)

Cybersecurity and Ethical Issues for Lawyers. (January, February, March 2018, 2019 and 2020), author and lecturer for one-hour course for NC Bar Association and SC Bar Association as well as for Wake Forest University of School of Law.

Cybersecurity for the SMB and HNI, podcast for Northwestern Mutual (2018)

Cybersecurity for Certified Fraud Examiners (2018)

Cybersecurity for the SMB, presented by Wake Forest University (2018)

Cybersecurity Technology and Ethical Issues for Lawyers (2019 and 2020)

SC Chamber of Commerce/Cyber SC – 4th Annual Cybersecurity Conference (May 2020); author and moderator of Cybersecurity for the SMB

David M Furr , ‘80, 82 JD, 83LLM, was asked to create an Expert Series presentation for the NCBA on Cybersecurity and the Practice of Law: the Risks, Realities, and Solutions. Because of the critical importance of the topic it is offered for free to all 9000 members of the NC Bar. The presentation was co-hosted by Chris Swecker, ‘81JD, formerly assistant director of the FBI Criminal Investigation Division and nationally recognized talk show expert for CNN, CNBC, and Fox in a very engaging “talk show format.” David has annually presented a similar program for WFCLE with Deans Reynolds and Aiken.


Wake Forest Law Review Award (1982)
David M. Furr Award for Industry Excellence given by Cyber SC (Annual Award)

Transactional Practice

David Furr has a very active transactional practice that engages mostly in sell-side (strategic and private equity groups) and some buy-side. Also a good mix of Venture Capital.

Representative transactions sell-side:

$100,000,000 +

• NASCAR sports marketing and memorabilia business to Strategic
• International digital financial services aggregator to PEG – later represented management on resale to strategic
• Organic cosmetic business to PEG or strategic (pending)

$10,000,000 - 100,000,000

• Specialty pharmacy to PEG
• Environmental emergency service group to PEG – later management representation to resale to second PEG
• Shale/fracking group to PEG
• Court reporting and trial services firm to PEG
• Aviation MRO business to PEG

$5,000,000 - 10,000,000

• Multiple product distribution businesses to strategics

Venture Capital Initiatives

• Blockchain fintech in derivatives analysis and LIBOR recast
• High energy Keto/Paleo protein bar
• Subscription based on-line/MML jewelry business
• Cybersecurity as a service business

Representative transactions buy-side:

• SaaS in poultry operations
• Court reporting services for aggregator