Practice Areas

Bank Mergers and Acquisitions

Banks in Troubled Condition
Bank Director & Officer Liability

Financial Institution Regulation

Private Securities Offerings

Business Contracts

Corporation and LLC Formation

Bar Admissions
District of Columbia

Law School

Columbia University, J.D., 1989


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Dave Berson is an attorney who has over 25 years of experience in financial institutions law and business law.  Dave is highly experienced in conducting bank mergers and acquisitions, assisting banks in troubled condition that are subject to cease and desist orders, defending banks and their directors and officers in enforcement actions, and advising banks and savings associations about financial institution regulatory issues.   Dave is also highly experienced in private securities offerings, business contracts and the formation of limited liability companies and corporations. Prior to founding this law firm, Dave was a Partner in the Financial Services Practice Group of Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP in Kansas City.  Dave has also coauthored the book The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act: From Legislation to Implementation to Litigation (American Bar Association 2011). Dave served as a member of the Bank Counsel Advisory Board of the Missouri Bankers Association from 2008 to 2013. Dave was also the Chair of the American Bar Association Subcommittee on State Banking Law from 2005 to 2007.  Prior to joining the firm, Dave worked from 1995 to 1998 for members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs.  Dave served as Staff Director of the Subcommittee on International Finance.  Prior to that, he participated in the drafting of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act and bank regulatory relief legislation.  From 1989 to 1995, Dave practiced banking, securities and insurance law in Washington, D.C. 


Dave has assisted financial institutions and businesses in the following matters: 

Bank Mergers and Acquisitions.  Conducted merger and acquisition transactions involving bank holding companies, national banks, federal savings associations and banks chartered in the states of Kansas and Missouri.

Banks In Troubled Condition.  Assisted national banks, state banks and federal savings associations in troubled condition regarding MOUs, cease and desist orders, consent orders and the proposed assessment of civil money penalties.  Assisted banks and savings associations in the preparation and submission of capital restoration plans to their appropriate banking agencies.

Bank Director and Officer Liability.  Assisted in defending banks and their directors and officers with respect to enforcement actions by regulatory agencies, including responding to 15 day letters. 

Banking Regulatory Compliance.  Provided advice to national banks, state banks and federal savings associations regarding compliance with the Bank Holding Company Act, Federal Deposit Insurance Act, Federal Reserve Act, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, National Bank Act, Community Reinvestment Act and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act.

Securities Offerings.  Prepared private offering memoranda for issuance of common stock by bank holding companies and savings and loan holding companies to accredited investors.  Prepared a no action request letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission on behalf of a financial institution.  Have previously assisted in private offerings by bank holding companies to both accredited and non-accredited investors in Kansas and Missouri.  Have previously assisted in public offerings of over $1 billion in mortgage backed securities.

Business Contracts.  Represented numerous banks and savings associations in the negotiation and preparation of business contracts, including employment agreements, consulting agreements, services agreements and lease agreements.

Formation of Corporations and LLCs.  Assisted clients in the formation of corporations and limited liability companies.  Assisted clients in the formation of Subchapter S corporations. 

Reverse Stock Split and Squeeze-Out Merger Transactions.  Assisted national banks, Missouri state-chartered banks and bank holding companies desiring to make a Subchapter S election to conduct stock redemptions through reverse stock split and merger transactions. 

Financial Institution Formation and Expansion.  Assisted clients in the formation of de novo national banks, federal savings associations and bank holding companies. Assisted clients in the formation or purchase of bank branches, insurance agencies and securities brokerage subsidiaries.

Anti-Money Laundering Compliance.  Assisted financial institutions in complying with the Bank Secrecy Act, OFAC regulations and the anti-money laundering provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act. Prepared anti-money laundering compliance programs for various financial institutions, including a $35 billion bank holding company with international affiliates and a $1 billion money services business with international affiliates.

Financial Privacy Compliance.  Assisted financial institutions in complying with the financial privacy requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and the Right to Financial Privacy Act. Preparing privacy notices for banks and securities brokers.

Securities and Insurance Networking Arrangements.  Assisted national banks, federal savings associations and banks chartered in the states of Kansas and Missouri in selling securities, annuities and insurance to their customers through dual-employee and referral arrangements with securities brokers and insurance agencies.   

Corporate Governance.  Advised directors and officers of insured depository institutions about their fiduciary duties.  Prepared articles of association, bylaws, board resolutions, stockholder resolutions and stockholders agreements for insured depository institutions and their holding companies.


Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP   (Kansas City, MO)

March 1998 to December 2007

Partner in law firm  (January 2001 to December 2007)

Associate in law firm (March 1998 to December 2000)

United States Senate   (Washington, DC)

February 1995 to March 1998

Staff Director of Senate Subcommittee on International Finance

Legislative Counsel to Senator Rod Grams

Legislative Assistant to Senator Bill Frist          


Drinker Biddle & Reath   (Washington, DC)

August 1991 to February 1995

Associate in law firm.

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy   (Washington, DC)

September 1989 to August 1991

Associate in law firm


Columbia University, J.D., 1989

University of Richmond, B.A., summa cum laude, 1986


Leawood Rotary Club


Third Party Vendor Compliance Panel, Kansas Bar Association Corporate Counsel Update (April 24, 2014).

Legal Issues of Banks in Troubled Condition, Missouri Independent Bankers Association Directors & Officers Workshop (May 9, 2012). 

Bank Failures:  Five Things Every Bankruptcy or Commercial Lawyer Should Know, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (May 10, 2010). 

Understanding Loan Participations, Kansas Bankers Association Lending Conference (February 25, 2010). 

AML/BSA Update, Mid-America Payments Exchange Electronic Payments Law Summit (September 4, 2008)

Community Reinvestment Act Update, RSM McGladrey Banking Trends 2008 Conference (April 22, 2008)

Financial Privacy, Privacy Foundation of the University of Denver Law School (February 22, 2008)

Community Bank Charter Options, American Bar Association Annual Meeting (August 12, 2007)        

Seminar on New CRA Regulations, New BSA Guidelines and Recent Federal Preemption Cases, American Bar Association Annual Meeting (August 7, 2005)

Community Banking Law Developments, American Bar Association Annual Meeting (August 7, 2004)

Federal Financial Privacy Laws, Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP (May 4, 2004)

Seminar on OCC Preemptions, American Bar Association Business Law Section, Spring Meeting (April 1, 2004)

Seminar on Industrial Loan Companies, American Bar Association Annual Meeting (August 9, 2003)

Hot Topics Related To Banking, Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP (April 23, 2003)

Banking Directors Seminar, Stinson, Mag & Fizzell, P.C. (June 14, 1998)

Banking Law Update: Financial Institution Modernization, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education (November 1997)

Financial Modernization in the 105th Congress, Bank Holding Company Association (October 1997)

Banking Law: Legislative/Regulatory Update, Minnesota Law & Politics (September 1997)

Financial Institution Modernization, Conference of State Bank Supervisors, Washington, D.C. (March 1997)

Glass-Steagall Act and Bank Holding Company Act Reform, Minnesota Bankers Association (February 1997)

Financial Institution Modernization, Bank Administration Institute, Washington, D.C. (November 1996)


“New Guidelines Should Soothe BSA Headaches," American Banker (July 29, 2005)

“Networks Give Small Banks an Investing/Insurance Entry," American Banker (May 3, 2002)

“New Law Brings Growth Opportunities to Banks,” Kansas City Business Journal (December 3-9, 1999)

“Federal Mortgage Insurance Law: A Study in Ambiguity,” Missouri Lawyers Weekly (September 27, 1999)

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