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The arc of David’s career has involved numerous high-profile cases that raise complex legal issues requiring strategic litigation decisions. These cases have garnered intense media scrutiny and public commentary. Yet this has never distracted David from the core tenant of his work, to carefully focus on his clients and provide the highest level of advocacy. David has maintained this value consistently since his start as a Massachusetts defender, before the current system of providing public counsel even began.

David generously shares his decades of expertise through teaching, mentoring, and collaboration. He taught advanced criminal procedure at Western New England University School of Law and lectures on a wide variety of topics to the criminal defense bar. Of all the awards he has received, he is most proud of being selected as a Lawyer of the Year by the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, winning the Balliro Award in recognition of exceptional commitment and dedication to the rights of the accused by the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and by his election as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, membership in which is limited to the top 1% of trial lawyers nationally.

Education

Syracuse University College of Law

  • Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, May, 1979

State University of New York, College at Oswego

  • B.A. in Sociology 1974

Bar Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1979
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 1980
  • United States Supreme Court, 1988
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals, 1994
  • Federal District of Arizona, 1996
  • Northern District of New York, 2003
  • Eastern District of Michigan, 2005
  • District of Connecticut, 2007
  • District of Vermont, 2020
  • Northern District of Georgia, pro hac vice 2002
  • District of Rhode Island, pro hac vice 2011
  • Eastern District of New York, pro hac vice 2018
  • Georgia Superior Court, pro hac vice 2018
  • Northern District of West Virginia, pro hac vice 2020

Awards

  • Appreciation Award Presented by the Springfield Branch NAACP May, 1990 and again in January 2018
  • Access to Justice Award (firm award) Presented by the Massachusetts Bar Association. 2001
  • Ken Childs Award Presented by the Springfield Chapter of the Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty August, 2001
  • Thurgood Marshall Award (twice) Presented by the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services May, 2001 and again in May, 2005
  • David Burres Civil Liberties Award Presented by American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts December, 2004
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2009
  • “Massachusetts Super Lawyers” for criminal defense, 2005 -2023
  • “Best Lawyers in America” for criminal defense and white-collar criminal defense, 2005 -2021
  • “Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers” by Boston Magazine, 2007, 2009
  • “New England Super Lawyers” for criminal defense, 2007 -2021
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Massachusetts by American Trial Lawyers Association, 2008
  • Clarence Darrow Award Presented by the Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty, Springfield Chapter, 2014
  • Lawyer of the Year for by The Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 2014
  • Balliro Award Presented in recognition of exceptional commitment and dedication to the rights of the accused Presented by the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2014
  • Lifetime Award of Merit Presented by Oswego State University Alumni Association for professional and civic achievement June, 2021
  • Carlos Vega Social Justice Award Presented by the Carlos Vega Fund for Social Justice for social justice work June, 2021
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