David A. Martland

David Martland is the former Practice Group Leader of our Corporate practice group, which includes our internationally recognized Mergers & Acquisitions, Public Company, Private Equity, Venture Capital, Sophisticated Business Transactions and related practices. David advises major strategics, investment funds and health care not-for-profits on acquisitions, investments and other significant transactions.

David was selected in 2017 and again in 2018 by The Legal 500 as one of the 21 “Leading Lawyers” in Middle-Market M&A (sub $500 million) in the United States. He has also been recognized for exceptional standing in the legal community in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business since 2006; in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2007 (Antitrust Law, Corporate Law, and Venture Capital Law); and as a “recognized” lawyer in The Legal 500 U.S. since 2010. David also holds an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating™ from Martindale Hubbell®, the highest possible rating for ethics and legal ability, and is a winner of the International Law Office Client Choice Awards for M&A. The Client Choice awards recognize “law firms and partners around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service.” David is described in the 2018 edition of The Legal 500 as ‘a great business partner - he is a very realistic lawyer who … takes responsibility for his decisions’.

David serves on the Board of Directors of TerraLex®, a worldwide network of more than 155 leading independent law firms in 100 countries and 44 U.S. states, of which Nixon Peabody has been a member for over two decades.

David serves on the Boards of several cultural institutions. He is the chair of the Board of Trustees of Historic New England, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving New England buildings, landscapes and objects dating from the 17th century to the present.

David clerked for Walter R. Mansfield, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

What do you focus on?

I counsel private and public companies and healthcare not-for-profits on the full range of corporate matters. I also represent a variety of private equity and venture funds in connection with their investments. In addition, I represent corporate and health care clients on antitrust matters.

What do you see on the horizon?

The economy is growing and deal flow remains extremely high. Even with the change in administrations, the antitrust area remains very active with continued vigorous U.S. and international enforcement.

Nixon Peabody beefs up corporate practice with new hire

PE Hub | December 10, 2018

The arrival of San Francisco Corporate partner Lior Zorea is covered in this article by PE Hub, a top publication covering venture capital and private equity fundraising. Lior is quoted in the piece, along with San Francisco Office Managing Partner Tom Gaynor and Corporate practice group leader David Martland of Boston.


David A. Martland



Phone: 617-345-6145

Fax: 866-368-6632

Yale Law School, J.D., (Senior Editor, Yale Law Journal; Moot Court Finalist)

Princeton University, B.A., cum laude


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