David A. Michel

David A. Michel


Pronouns: he, him

Overview & Experience

David A. Michel assists clients in resolving complex business, real estate, construction, and employment disputes.

A partner in the firm’s Litigation Department, his experience includes representing companies in a variety of complex civil and commercial disputes in federal and state court and through alternative dispute resolution. David has experience representing organizations and individuals in employment matters involving restrictive covenants, discrimination, wrongful termination, and wage and hour litigation. He also represents companies, developers, landlords, and property owners involved in commercial and real estate disputes, including adverse possession, construction and design contracts, and permitting and zoning appeals.

Prior to joining Sherin and Lodgen, David was a Staff Attorney for the Committee for Public Counsel Services’ Public Defender Division. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts from The George Washington University in 2006, David returned to his native Massachusetts to pursue a career in law.  David received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 2011, where he served as submissions editor for the Boston University Public Interest Law Journal and achieved honors in the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Concentration.


  • Business, real estate owners, developers, and investors in contract-related disputes, including brokerage agreements
  • Employers and employees in restrictive covenant disputes and litigation, including non-competition, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure agreements
  • Landowners in property-related matters, including land use, adverse possession, boundary, permitting, and zoning disputes
  • Landlords and tenants in real estate lease disputes and litigation
  • Law firms and lawyers in professional malpractice defense
Insights & Activities


  • Listed as a Rising Star by Massachusetts Super Lawyers

Speaking Engagements & Publications

  • New Federal Rules on Post-Employment Restrictions,” panelist, MCLE 23rd Annual Business Litigation Conference, February 9, 2024
  • “Working with and Challenging Expert Witnesses,” speaker, Federal Bar Association, November 29, 2023
  • CC: Legal,” co-author, Today’s General Counsel, October 10, 2022
  • Further, the Privilege Belongs to the Client,” MBA ComCom Quarterly, July 2019
  • Advising Departing Employees on How to Keep Future Jobs,” Law360, September 7, 2017
  • “Practicing with Professionalism,” speaker, Boston Bar Association, December 2016, April 2017, June 2017
  • Why CHINS Don’t Stand a Chance: The Dubious Achievements of Child in Need of Services (CHINS) Jurisdiction in Massachusetts & A New Approach to Juvenile Status Offenses, Boston University Public Interest Law Journal, Volume 20, Number 2 (Spring 2011)


  • Boston Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
    • Deputy Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section
    • Younger Lawyers Division 1st Circuit Representative

Community Involvement