David L. Wallace
David is a high-powered trial advocate who for years has consistently been nationally ranked by clients and peers among the best in the business. He guides individuals and companies clear of legal trouble, leads them to safer courses of action, helps reduce the likelihood of litigation, positions them to tell a better story when it does arise, and gets them out of legal trouble quickly.
He began his career as a litigator handling high-stakes product liability cases, quickly rising to become one of the foremost national trial advocates for several tobacco companies during a period of tumultuous litigation for the industry. A bold and tenacious trial lawyer, David has handled cases in courtrooms around the country — north, south, east and west.
David has been named a National Star in products liability by Benchmark Litigation, recognized by the International Bar Association’s Who’s Who Legal and New York Super Lawyers for product liability defense, and recommended by The Legal 500 for consumer products defense.
With roots in an historic coastal New Hampshire town, David began his litigation career at Manhattan’s Chadbourne & Parke in 1987, where he became a partner in 1996. He left that firm with several colleagues in 2012 to open a New York office for London-based Herbert Smith Freehills, where he practiced until opening his own firm in 2017.
Georgetown University Law Center (Evening Program), J.D., cum laude (1987)
Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, B.S. (1982)
Bar & Court Admissions
Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
District of Columbia, First, Fourth, and Fifth Circuit Courts of Appeal