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A skilled problem solver and strategist, David guides businesses across multiple industries through their most challenging conflicts.

In his nearly 20 years of practice as a commercial and bankruptcy litigator, David has argued for clients and earned victories in scores of cases before trial and appellate courts, arbitrators, and administrative agencies. David is a true partner to clients, helping them develop strategies in the early stages of a dispute to position the matter for a successful resolution. He is well-versed in navigating complex litigation, taking depositions, cultivating experts for trial, and delivering oral argument. As the leader of Gallagher’s Litigation Practice Group, David promotes a spirit of collaboration, assembling the right Gallagher team members to support clients in litigation.

David is committed to removing barriers to justice by providing free legal help to underrepresented Marylanders.  He handles pro bono cases through Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service and serves as the vice president of its Board of Directors.

He has been recognized by Chambers USA since 2019 for his work in Bankruptcy/Restructuring and in Best Lawyers® in America since 2019 as a leading lawyer in bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law as well as commercial litigation.

Beyond Gallagher

Spending quality time with his wife and three children is important to David, and you will often find him cheering for his kids on a soccer or baseball field. He enjoys daily runs with his Vizsla, Copper.

Bar and Professional Memberships

American Bankruptcy Institute

American Bar Association

Maryland State Bar Association

Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland, Board Secretary

Serjeants’ Inn

Civic and Charitable Service

Board of Directors for Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (2017-present) Vice President (2022)

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Background

Area(s) of Practice

Court Admissions

  • Maryland State Courts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado
  • United States Supreme Court

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland

Education

  • University of Maryland School of Law, JD, with honors, 2002, Order of the Coif, Maryland Law Review
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County, BA, 1998
  • Salisbury State University, BA, 1994, magna cum laude

Bar and Professional Memberships

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • American Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland, Board Member
  • Serjeants' Inn Law Club