David J. Van Dyke

David J. Van Dyke is a Partner of the firm. He was educated at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (B.A. 1981) magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa and Harvard University (J.D. 1984) and was associate editor of the Harvard International Law Journal. He has been admitted to the State Bars of Massachusetts, New York, and Maine (presently active only in Maine); Federal Bars of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, District of Massachusetts and District of Maine; First Circuit Court of Appeals and also admitted to case-specific practice in Tennessee and Florida, among other jurisdictions. David is principally engaged in commercial and complex criminal litigation, with significant trial experience as well in international law (commercial litigation between the United States and the United Kingdom and litigation under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act/Extra-Judicial Killing Act), personal injury, medical malpractice and domestic relations/family law work. Significant cases include: (Criminal) Has defended six murder cases, multiple Class “A” and “B” felonies (State Court) and numerous drug distribution (cocaine, heroin, ecstacy, opiates and other drugs), firearm by felon, child pornography (production and possession) and white collar fraud and other crimes (Federal Court). (Civil) Has prosecuted contract claims against foreign corporations, served as trial counsel in a class action medical-insurance fraud case pending in the New York State trial court (New York City), has obtained a $21 million Judgment against the Republic of Cuba (Sullivan v. Cuba), and has collected multiple millions of dollars in recoveries for civil clients over the past 28 years. David has authored a novel and coached travel soccer and youth basketball. He is also a former amateur travel photographer to four continents and co-founded the Harvard Law School Armadillo (social) Club 1981-84. Born in Waukegan, Illinois, Attorney Van Dyke resides principally in Lewiston with his wife of more than twenty years, Karen, and their two sons.

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