Alexander Graham Bell once said, "Before anything else, preparation is the key to success." These words could be David's mantra. His clients laud him for his attention to detail, his gift for creating compelling legal strategies, and his ability to assess their situation with clarity and fairness.
Focus, preparedness and a passion for problem-solving—David embodies these characteristics in and out of the courtroom. Whether it is advocating for his clients in state and federal courts or resolving their disputes through arbitration, he is driven by a lifelong desire to help others. After all, the law is in his DNA: both his father and uncle are attorneys.
David's past accomplishments include serving as an associate at Harris Beach PLLC, and as a legal assistant at White & Case LLP in New York City. No stranger to Underberg & Kessler, he began his career as one of our most gifted summer interns. He also interned at the U.S. Department of Justice and at the State Department.
David served as Managing Editor of the Syracuse Law Review.
Professional and Community Involvement
David is immediate past chair of the Board of Directors for the Center for Dispute Settlement, a member of the St. John's Foundation Board of Directors, and a member of the Board of Trustees of WXXI Public Broadcasting and The Little Theatre. He is a member of the Monroe County Bar Association's Board of Trustees and former chair of the Diversity Committee. David served as a mentor in the Lawyers for Learning program, and as an advisor/coach of the Law Explorers Mock Trial Team from School Without Walls. He is also a member of the Asian American Bar Association of New York.
Awards and Recognitions
David is a recipient of The Daily Record’s 2019 Leaders in Law Award. This award honors a select group of attorneys who have shown dedication to the legal profession and selfless, tireless commitment to the community. He was named an Upstate New York Super Lawyer “Rising Star” in 2015, 2016 and 2017. This group represents the top 2.5% of lawyers who are under 40 years old or have been practicing for 10 years or less. David was named a 2013 recipient of the Rochester Business Journal's Forty Under 40 award, which honors professionals younger than 40 who demonstrate leadership in the workplace and in the community. He was also named one of the Daily Record's 2012 Up & Coming attorneys, an award that recognizes attorneys who have demonstrated a significant commitment and contribution to the legal profession early in their careers.