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Former IAA President and CEO Tittsworth to Join Ropes & Gray

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David Tittsworth, the former longtime president and CEO of the Investment Adviser Association, will join Ropes & Gray LLP’s investment management practice in June.

A Capitol Hill veteran who spent 18 years at IAA lobbying on behalf of registered investment advisors, Tittsworth will become a counsel representing investment advisors and investment funds as well as the independent directors of many of the largest and best-known fund groups.

The firm’s investment management clients include more than 1,000 mutual funds, and investment management firms ranging from startup ventures to those with more than $1 trillion in assets under management.

Ropes & Gray says that Tittsworth’s hire 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.”

“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, in a statement. “He will be a valuable resource to our practice, including by serving as a connection to industry organizations and regulatory agencies.”

Tittsworth added that he’s “excited to join Ropes & Gray’s investment management group, with its outstanding reputation and integrated team,” and that he looks 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.”

Tittsworth, who was recently honored with the “Fiduciary of the Year” award by the Committee for the Fiduciary Standard, has held positions in the public and private sectors in Washington, including counsel or senior counsel roles on various U.S. House of Representatives committees and subcommittees, and as general counsel at a well-respected lobbying firm.

He received his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Kansas.


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