David A. Rich

David A. Rich

Attorney Contact Info:

Phone: 617.439.4990
Fax: 617.439.3987

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Professional Bio:

Bar Admissions:
Massachusetts, 1986
New York, 1987
U.S. District Court, Massachusetts, 1987
U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1987
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 1994
United States Supreme Court, 2010

Boston College Law School, J.D., 1986
State University of New York at Albany, B.A., cum laude, 1982
Brunel University, Uxbridge, England

Articles Editor/Staff Member, Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review
Author, Personal Liability for Hazardous Waste Cleanup: An Examination of CERCLA Section 107, B.C. Envir. Aff. L. Rev. Vol. 13, No. 4.

Professional Associations and Memberships:
American Inns of Court, Boston Chapter
Massachusetts Bar Association (litigation section)

David Rich joined Lawson & Weitzen, LLP as a Partner in March of 2001. Mr. Rich is a trial attorney with a practice focused on complex civil litigation, including cases involving business and commercial law, intellectual property, employment law, construction law, real estate, personal injury (plaintiff and defense), civil rights and domestic relations. He has tried numerous cases in state and federal courts in Massachusetts, securing successful jury and bench verdicts, and has negotiated many successful settlements.

Experienced in prosecuting and defending complex business litigation matters on behalf of large and small businesses, Mr. Rich, as lead trial counsel, obtained a significant plaintiff’s verdict after a seventeen day jury trial in a complex business litigation action in the United States District Court, RGJ Associates d/b/a Williamsville Products v. Stainsafe, Inc., 300 F.Supp. 2d 250 (D. Mass. 2004), 338 F. Supp. 2d 215 (D. Mass. 2004). More recently, Mr. Rich successfully represented the interests of an out-of-state fuse inventor/manufacturer in complex multi-party litigation, involving intellectual property and business tort issues, Stephen DiPhillipo v. Littlefuse, Inc., et al., United States District Court Civil Docket No. 06-CA-12062 (resolved in 2008). From 2001 through 2005, Mr. Rich served as the lead litigator representing a large chain of retail stores in numerous civil actions. Mr. Rich currently represents start-up and small companies in litigation, intellectual property, licensing and corporate matters.

Experienced in prosecuting and defending personal injury and tort cases, Mr. Rich has successfully defended many tort actions involving Massachusetts businesses, including many actions on behalf of one of the area’s racetracks. As plaintiff’s counsel, Mr. Rich has obtained significant recoveries, including one of the largest Massachusetts settlements of 2005, for a client who sustained a traumatic brain injury in an automobile accident, a case reported in Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly.

Experienced in prosecuting and defending civil rights claims, Mr. Rich has successfully represented individuals, including members of a police union, in advancing discrimination claims and has successfully represented small businesses and their principals, as well as insurers, in defending against discrimination claims asserted by employees.

Experienced in family law matters, Mr. Rich has successfully represented many clients in divorce and post-divorce proceedings, as well as in trust and estate litigation.

In addition to his work as a litigator, Mr. Rich also provides valuable legal counseling to start-up companies and to small businesses, including in high tech, health care and the trades.

Prior to joining Lawson & Weitzen, LLP, Mr. Rich practiced law with the international law firm LeBoeuf, Lamb, Leiby & MacRae (n/k/a Dewey, LeBoeuf, LLP), and with the Boston law firms Parker, Coulter, Daley & White and Friedman & Atherton, LLP. Following law school, Mr. Rich clerked with the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court. He has served as an instructor of trial practice at City on A Hill, Boston, Massachusetts, and has served as a judge for national and local Moot Court competitions.

Mr. Rich has litigated cases before many state and Federal courts and administrative agencies including: the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts; the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York; the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts; the Social Security Administration; the Massachusetts Superior Court; the Massachusetts District Court; the Massachusetts Probate & Family Court; the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination; the Massachusetts Department of Employment & Training; the Massachusetts Alcohol & Beverage Control Commission; the Massachusetts Appeals Court; the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board.

Practice Description:

David Rich has a very active civil trial practice. He represents a variety of individuals, business entities and insurers as an advisor and as an advocate.

Areas Of Practice:

Trial Practice
Appellate Practice
Administrative Law
Business and Commercial Law
Intellectual Property
Real Estate
Unfair Trade Practices
Personal Injury (Plaintiff)
Personal Injury (Defense)
Premises Liability
Insurance Defense
Civil Rights
Criminal Defense
Family Law
Trusts and Estates


Large and small businesses; Individuals; Unions; Insurers.

Select Cases:

RGJ Associates, Inc. d/b/a Williamsville Products v. Stainsafe, Inc., 300 F.Supp. 2d 250 (D.Mass. 2004), 338 F.Supp. 215 (D.Mass. 2004).
Caroline Wilson v. Pauline Copen, et al., 244 F.3d 178 (1st Cir. 2001) (co-counsel).
Richard McSally v. Mr. and Mrs. James Warren, et al., Boston Municipal Court, Docket No. 1998OICV-254264 (2000).
Lubin & Meyer, P.C. v. Nancy M. Lubin, et al., 427 Mass. 304 (1998) (co-counsel).
Sally W. Johnson, et al. v. Richard Kamper, et al., 41 Mass. App. 1111 (1996).
Back Bay Restorations Company, et al. v. Richard H. Krock, et al., 40 Mass. App. 1133 (1996).
Edward I. Fine, et al. v. Judith S. Cohen, et al., 35 Mass. App. Ct. 610 (1993) (co-counsel).
John Kokajko d/b/a Voyagers v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, et al., 837 F.2d 524 (1st Cir. 1988).

"My commitment as a counselor is to listen and provide sound advice; my commitment as an advocate is to zealously pursue an outcome that is both successful and cost-effective."

Attorney Rich was selected as a Super Lawyer for the following years:

Attorney Rich is a 2016 Super Lawyer Attorney Rich is a 2015 Super Lawyer