Biography

Complex and high net worth domestic relations cases have been David's focus for more than 30 years. He has also served as an adviser and agent for amateur and professional athletes. He has successfully represented and counseled his clients in state and federal courts. David has also litigated contested custody cases, including international child abduction under the Hague Convention in the U.S. District Court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Other family law matters that David has handled involve:

  • Equitable distribution of real estate and personal property interests
  • Retirement and pension assets
  • Valuation of business interests, including the valuation of professional sports franchises, campgrounds, construction companies, software companies, and other business entities

His service as a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and as a founding member of the American Academy of Certified Financial Litigators demonstrates the respect David has earned from his peers in domestic law. His network of trusted professional relationships translates into better negotiations and courtroom results for his clients.

Services/Industries

Education

  • Pace University School of Law  (J.D.)
  • University of Maine  (B.A., High Distinction)

Public Service

  • Corporator, Saco and Biddeford Savings Institution
  • Board of Directors, Kids First
  • Advisory Committee to Consider Spousal Support Guidelines
  • Varsity Hitting Coach, Westbrook High School Baseball
  • Advisory Committee, Family Division of the Maine District Court
  • Overseers of the Bar, Grievance Commission Panel Member (2003-present), Chair, Panel E
  • Selection Committee for Appointment of Family Law Magistrates, Family Division of the Maine District Court (2016)
  • Selection Committee for Appointment of Case Management Officers, Family Division of the Maine District Court (1998) and Family Law Magistrates (2016)
  • Maine Justice Foundation (2003-2010)
  • Adjunct Professor, Sports Law: A Managerial Approach, University of Southern Maine (2009)
  • Advisory Committee to Maine Supreme Judicial Court on the Rules of Professional Responsibility (2001-2003)
  • Domestic Relations Advisory Committee, Family Division of the Maine District Court (2002)
  • Maine Bar Association, Fee Arbitration Commission (2001-2002)
  • City of South Portland Board of Education (1996-1999), Chair (1998-1999)
  • Board of Directors, American Red Cross, York County Chapter (1995-1997)

Bar Admissions

  • Maine
  • Massachusetts

Memberships

  • Maine State Bar Association, Family Law Section; Chair (2003-2004)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Maine Founding Member, American Academy of Certified Financial Litigators
  • Certified Player Agent, Major League Baseball Players Association

Honors

  • AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named the Best Lawyers® 2014 Sports Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Portland, Maine
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© under Family Law, Sports Law in Portland, Maine (since 2007)

To learn more about third-party ratings and rankings, and the selection processes used for inclusion, click here.

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Firm Highlights

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