Overview

Overview

As an Associate in the firm’s Litigation group, David’s primary focus is commercial and real estate related litigation on behalf of financial institutions, mortgage loan servicers and large business organizations. He has experience with all phases of litigation from complaint to trial and appeal. In particular, he has first-chaired bench and jury trials in the Housing, District and Superior Court, successfully defended appeals in front of the Massachusetts Appeals Court and Massachusetts District Court Appellate Division, argued dispositive motions, conducted and defended depositions, and successfully arbitrated and mediated matters in lieu of trial.

Before to joining Bernkopf Goodman, David was a commercial litigation associate at a national law firm where he specialized in representing securitized mortgage trusts and mortgage loan services. Prior to that he worked at a general practice firm in Dorchester for five years where he represented local financial institutions, small to medium sized business, families and individuals in both litigation and transactional related matters.

Notably, while in law school, David served as the Vice President of the Student Bar Association. David obtained his JD from New England School of Law and his BA from Assumption College where he graduated magna cum laude.

Other Publications

Massachusetts REO Contested Evictions: How to Win a Changed Game by Using Actual Litigation Skills, Legal League 100

Default Notices a Question of Strict or Substantial Compliance, Legal League 100

Matters & Transactions

Representative Matters & Significant Transactions

  • Joseph-Lacet v. Nationstar Mortgage LLC, C.A. No. 16-11906-GAO, 2017 WL 4164078 (D.Mass. Sept. 20, 2017).  Convinced Massachusetts Federal District Court that mortgage-borrower’s complaint was barred by res judicata and should be dismissed
  • OneWest Bank, FSB v. Ronald S. LaRoche, Decision No. Mem 15-023 (April 2, 2015). Convinced Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Motion for Reconsideration to vacate entry of judgment in favor of mortgagor in judicial foreclosure matter
  • The Bank of New York Mellon Corp. v. Wain, 85 Mass.App.Ct. 498 (2014). Convinced Massachusetts Court of Appeals to uphold validity of MERS mortgage assignment and resulting foreclosure sale under M.G.L. c. 240, §§6-10
  • Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Okamura, 2014 Mass.App.Div. 42 (2014). Convinced District Court Appellate Division to uphold trial court’s dismissal of mortgagor’s appeal following entry of summary judgment in favor of mortgagee
  • Obtained $50,000 judgment in favor of foreclosing mortgagee in a Massachusetts District Court summary process jury trial (March, 2014)
  • Successfully defended financial institution against mortgage fraud and M.G.L. c. 93A claim in a Massachusetts Superior Court jury trial (June, 2014)
  • Successfully defended financial institution against mortgagor’s Quiet Title complaint in a Massachusetts Superior Court bench trial (January, 2014)
  • The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation v. Wain, 2012 WL 5475849. Obtained Land Court summary judgment decision in favor of financial institution that affirmed validity of mortgagee’s foreclosure sale under M.G.L. c. 240, §§6-10
  • Obtained Superior Court bench trial verdict in favor of restaurant upholding parking space rights under a commercial lease
  • Successfully defended client in Superior Court non-compete violation action
  • Successfully obtained variance and special permit from Boston Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Represented local financial institutions in commercial/residential secured lending matters
Honors & Recognition

Honors & Recognition

  • Selected as a Rising Star in Massachusetts and New England Super Lawyers, 2016-2017