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David Burgess

Attorney
David Burgess
Education
  • Suffolk University Law School, JD, 1989
  • University of Birmingham, LLB, 1984
  • Université de Limoges, France, Diplômed’ÉtudesJuridiques Françaises,1983
Practice Areas
Contact Information
Phone: 781-235-5500
Direct: 781-247-8017

Attorney Profile


Attorney David Burgess is an experienced family law attorney and trial lawyer. Having spent more than 30 years representing businesses and individuals in the courts of Massachusetts, he focuses his practice on divorce litigation and family law, business and employment disputes and litigation, and criminal defense.

David began his practice at Foley Hoag, LLP, one of Boston’s largest firms. He then spent six years at Dwyer & Collora, LLP, a premier litigation boutique, before starting his own law 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 divorce and family law matters and serves as a divorce mediator. He also regularly assists clients in their negotiation of prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements. There is a large overlap between prenup and postnup agreements and estate planning, and David has found this firm’s estate planning expertise and resources to have been invaluable as he advises clients on these agreements.

David is well versed in the issues surrounding high-net-worth divorce. He has helped many husbands and wives in the Wellesley and metro west area of Boston negotiate marital settlement agreements. He has dealt with a wide range of complex divorce cases that include litigation over restraining orders, alimony, child support, and child custody issues. David has found that his background in business litigation prepared him well for representing clients in complex high net-worth divorces. His criminal practice gave him a great deal of trial advocacy experience.

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 employment litigation, as well as advising clients who are being asked to sign employment agreements, non-compete agreements and non-solicitation agreements. He has tried business and employment law cases in state and federal court.

In his criminal law practice as a defense lawyer, David has defended hundreds of clients, many charged with serious felonies, in the Massachusetts superior and district courts. He has successfully tried dozens of jury cases involving charges of manslaughter, armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery, armed robbery, rape and other 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, over the years, been the unofficial team photographer for various sports teams in Concord and Wellesley.

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 and bicycle events.

Speaking Events


For the past several years, David has served as a panelist twice per year at a program run by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education focused on ethics in the practice of law.

Professional Associations & Memberships


David is a member of the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association, the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and the Massachusetts Association of Guardians Ad Litem.

Honors & Awards


David has an AV preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell, signifying the highest levels of skill and integrity.