- Suffolk University Law School, JD, 1989
- University of Birmingham, LLB, 1984
- Université de Limoges, France, Diplômed’ÉtudesJuridiques Françaises,1983
Attorney ProfileDavid Burgess is an experienced trial lawyer. Having spent more than 25 years representing businesses and individuals in the courts of Massachusetts, he focuses his practice on divorce and family law, business and employment disputes, and criminal defense.
David began his practice at Foley Hoag, LLP, one of Boston’s largest firms. He then spent six years at Collora, LLP, a premier litigation boutique, before starting his own firm in Concord. After 16 years in solo practice, David joined Wilchins Cosentino & Novins LLP in 2016.
In his family law practice, David litigates contested matters and serves as a divorce mediator. He also regularly assists clients in their negotiation of prenuptial, postnuptial and cohabitation agreements.
Throughout his career, David has represented business clients in a diverse array of litigation matters, including commercial litigation, real estate disputes, insurance coverage litigation, and shareholder and fiduciary duty claims. His employment practice consists mostly of executive advocacy, representing clients in severance negotiations and in litigation, as well as advising clients who are being asked to sign agreements that contain non-competition and non-solicitation covenants. He has tried business and employment cases in state and federal court.
In his criminal law practice, David has defended hundreds of clients, many charged with serious felonies,in the Massachusetts superior and district courts.He has successfully tried jury cases involving charges of manslaughter, armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery, armed robbery, sex offenses, drunk driving, and drug offenses.
Graduating from Suffolk University Law School in 1989, David had the distinction of being first out of a class of 213 students.
David’s volunteer work has included serving on the Town of Concord’s Board of Health and on the Board of the Concord-Carlisle High School football team, serving on a committee of the Appalachian Mountain Club, and being a big brother. He also served on the board of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation.
David is an avid photographer and has been the unofficial team photographer for various sports teams, most recently the Wellesley High School girls’ swim team.
A fitness enthusiast, David has completed several marathons, including the Boston Marathon five times (his fastest time was 3:09, in 2011). More recently he has competed in triathlons, completing his first Half Ironman in 2015. He is also a Crossfit enthusiast.