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David Keirstead joined Ellis & Winters after serving as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Julianna T. Earp at the North Carolina Business Court. During his time with the Business Court, he conducted extensive legal research, drafted, and revised orders and opinions for publication, oversaw court hearings, and assisted with general case management.

David graduated from William & Mary Law School, cum laude, where he served as a staff member on the William & Mary Business Law Review. Apart from law review, he was also a member of the Student Intellectual Property Society and Business Law Society. Prior to law school, David graduated from Boyce College in Louisville, Kentucky, where he earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration, magna cum laude. At Boyce, David participated in the Business Reading Club and Marketing Focus Group, while working as a teaching assistant and Resident Advisor.

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, David is a big Toronto Maple Leafs fan. He grew up playing ice hockey, skateboarding, and competing in paintball. He continues playing ice hockey recreationally in Greensboro, where he, his wife, and rescue Border Collie, Maple, reside. As an avid competitor, David also enjoys long-distance running and Formula 1 racing.   



  • J.D., William & Mary Law School, 2022
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Staff member, William & Mary Business Law Review
    • Member, Student Intellectual Property Society and Business Law Society
  • B.S., Boyce College, 2018
    • Honors: magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina


  • Judicial Law Clerk, North Carolina Business Court, Hon. Julianna T. Earp, 2022-2023
  • Legal Intern, Newport News Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, 2022
  • Senior Staff Member, William & Mary Business Law Review, 2020-2022
  • Student Advocate, William & Mary Immigration Clinic, 2021
  • Legal Intern, Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhami, LLP, 2021
  • Law Clerk, CapCenter, 2021
  • Judicial Intern, Smyth Circuit Court, Hon. Deanis Simmons; and Hon. Fredrick Rowlett, 2020