David L. McKenzie earned his undergraduate degree from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee, and went on to earn a Master of Divinity from Duke University and his Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University, both in Durham. Mr. McKenzie joined the firm in 2015 after heading Sands Anderson PC’s North Carolina litigation division for over four years. Previously, he was a private practitioner specializing in litigation. He is known for litigating matters to verdict before all North Carolina courts, federal and state, including the North Carolina Business Court, as well as the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
David has tried matters pertaining to copyright (including international copyright), trademark and patent infringement, antitrust, the interplay between free speech and IP protection, misappropriation of trade secrets, constitutional questions (including freedom of speech, assembly and religion), breach of contract and other business torts. Additionally, he has represented clients in actions for securities (including FINRA), criminal defense, discrimination and professional licensure defense. He possesses knowledge and competence in prosecuting and defending constitutional violations under 42 U.S.C §§ 1981, 1983. David has the experience of being in court for over 60 trials. He has is listed in the 2012-2016 Super Lawyers®, and has achieved the ‘Advocate" designation from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.< Back to Our Team