David G. Leitch is global general counsel for Bank of America, responsible for overseeing the company’s legal functions around the world. Based in Charlotte, he is a member of the bank’s executive management team.
Leitch joined the bank from Ford Motor Company, where he was general counsel and group vice president from 2005 through 2015. Previously, he served as deputy counsel to President George W. Bush; chief counsel for the Federal Aviation Administration; deputy assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel; and partner with Hogan & Hartson L.L.P. (now Hogan Lovells) in Washington, D.C. He served as law clerk to former Chief Justice of the United States William H. Rehnquist, as well as to Federal Circuit Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III. He graduated first in his class from the University of Virginia School of Law and received his undergraduate degree from Duke University.
Leitch is a member of the American Law Institute, the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy Board of Visitors, the George W. Bush Institute Military Service Initiative Advisory Council, and the North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission. He is also on the board of directors for the Charlotte Symphony and the United Way of Central Carolinas, and is a trustee of the Supreme Court Historical Society and chair of the Bank Policy Institute General Counsel Advisory Committee. In 2017, Leitch was recognized as a “Legend in the Law” by the Burton Foundation.