David W. Long 
Partner
Education

University of North Carolina, JD, 1967

Duke University, BA, 1964

Professional and Community Activities

Wake County Bar Association, Board of Directors, 1979 – 1980, 1988 – 1989

10th Judicial District Bar Association, President, 1997

North Carolina Bar Association

American Bar Association

Chairman, Advisory Group for the Eastern District of North Carolina under the Civil Justice Reform Act

Federal Bar Advisory Counsel, Member, 1988 – 1993; Chairman, 1991 – 1992

North Carolina State Bar Councilor, 2005 – 2013

State of North Carolina Inmate Grievance Resolution Board, Member 2005 – 2007

Criminal Justice Partnership State Advisory Board, 2007 – 2010

Innocence Inquiry Commission, 2015

Advisory Member North Carolina State Bar Ethics Committee, 2015-2016

Disciplinary Hearing Commission of the North Carolina State Bar, 2016 –

Notable Accomplishments
Jurisdictions Licensed
David Long
301 Fayetteville Street, Suite 1900, Raleigh, NC 27601t: 919.783.2808|
P.O. Box 1801, Raleigh, NC 27602-1801f: 919.783.1075|

David’s practice involves representation of individuals and businesses in a wide range of investigations and federal criminal cases in North Carolina and other states, in addition to a robust civil practice focusing on business litigation. He has over 45 years experience litigating in federal and North Carolina state courts. His clients have included a number of elected officials, other lawyers, judges, other professionals, executives, business owners, and businesses ranging from publically traded companies to one member LLC’s.

In addition to the three federal district courts in North Carolina, David has appeared in federal courts in New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and South Carolina. He has appeared before the 1st, 4th, and 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

David has had a number of acquittals in both state and fderal court and has a favorable success rate at sentencing hearings following pleas.  He has also had several successful representations where no criminal charges were brought against his client.

He has an active civil practice in both state and federal courts in North Carolina as well as federal courts in South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and Arizona. He has represented clients in False Claims Act cases, antitrust, condemnation, and will contests among others.

With the exception of two years where he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of North Carolina, David has been a career attorney at Poyner Spruill and its predecessor.

Representative Experience

Represented the President of a healthcare company charged under the False Claims Act in cases filed in the Federal District Court for the Western District of North Carolina and for the District of Arizona.  Obtained pretrial dismissals based on lack of jurisdiction and judicial estoppel.

Represented a farmer in a crop insurance fraud investigation; investigation terminated with no charges filed.

Represented corporate executives in two separate antitrust investigations into price fixing with no criminal charges filed against clients in either investigation.

Represented company in criminal customs investigation relating to alleged importation of counterfeit goods with investigation terminated with no criminal charges filed.

Represented owner of 685 acres of coastal property in a Federal Condemnation action.  Case settled at mediation.

Represented corporation in class action monopsony conspiracy.  Settled prior to trial.


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Firm Management Responsibilities

David's responsibilities include Loss Prevention Partner, Claims Counsel, and Firm Counsel.
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