RALEIGH, N.C. – David Hayden, attorney and member of Smith Anderson’s Government Contracting group, was recently interviewed by Triangle Business Journalfor an article entitled, “Coming Home Blues: Military Vets Face Long Odds in Finding Employment.”
The focus of the article was the national issue of high unemployment rate for veterans. Mr. Hayden sees veteran status as an asset for a prospective job candidate, “I’m a little bit biased. I find that reservists and veterans have a lot more experience than some of their peers.” The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data for 2011 reported that unemployment among young male veterans nationally was 29.1 percent compared to 17.6 percent of non-veterans.
Mr. Hayden highlighted Smith Anderson’s support for veterans; currently the firm employs 18 veterans or reservists, which is nearly 10 percent of the total staff of 220. Military reservist and Smith Anderson Partner, Kirk Warner, was featured with David Hayden in a photograph within the article.
About David Hayden
David Hayden joined Smith Anderson in 2011 after serving as the general counsel and board secretary for USfalcon, Inc. Mr. Hayden has extensive experience in government contracting, general corporate and employment law. He regularly advises companies and their directors and officers on corporate governance matters and other general corporate and business matters. He also represents a variety of defense contractors, advising on a broad range of federal contracting corporate issues such as International Trafficking in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Corporate Ethics and organizational conflicts of interest (OCI) compliance issues.
Mr. Hayden previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, investigating and prosecuting federal crimes as well as supervising all military attorneys authorized to practice in federal court in eastern North Carolina. He also conducted federal procurement fraud investigations in government contracting as a member of the Department of Justice Procurement Fraud Task Force for the Southeast.