David M. Dugan


David Dugan focuses his practice in large part on legal malpractice defense, having defended several prominent New Jersey and regional firms, as well as individual attorneys. David has also provided representation to court-appointed receivers in discharging their duties and has defended against claims brought against them in federal and state court. He practices in both New Jersey and New York state and federal courts.

David also has an active commercial/business litigation practice with a focus on prosecuting and defending against trade secret claims, including actions brought by employers seeking injunctive relief against former employees who are alleged to have violated their non-compete agreements and/or misappropriated trade secrets. David’s commercial practice also extends to real-estate-related litigation and other contract-based and fraud-type cases involving his clients’ businesses.

David was also appointed by the Supreme Court to serve as Vice-Chair and Chair to its District V-A Ethics Committee, covering the City of Newark, and is responsible for overseeing the disposition of hearings involving allegations of attorney misconduct, as well as recruiting members and working to continually improve the efficiency of, and the public’s confidence in, our attorney-monitored disciplinary system.

Prior to joining the firm, David practiced at Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP on Wall Street and at the Sills Cummis law firm in Newark, N.J.

While attending Rutgers University School of Law, David was the managing editor of the Rutgers Law Review and won the G.A. Moore, Jr. Prize for Equal Opportunity Employment Law. He was also committee chair of the Moot Court Board and interned for Senior Judge Leonard I. Garth of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and District Judge Alfred J. Lechner of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.


  • Rutgers University School of Law - Newark (J.D., 2002)
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (B.S., B.A., 1998)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York