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I am an experienced trial attorney and litigator.  I have been representing individuals and families throughout Massachusetts for almost three decades in matters of family law, personal injury and criminal defense.  I understand the necessity of extensive preparation and how preparatoin translates to a position of strength at trial and throughout the negotiation process.  I am committed to representing my clients to the best of my ability and to providing quality legal services at a reasonable cost. 

My role as an advocate extends beyond the court room. My team and I are experienced in working with experts in various fields in preparation for trial and settlement negotiations, including certified public accountants, business appraisers, pension appraisers, actuaries, vocational experts, economists, security experts, real estate appraisers, psychologists, physicians, chiropractors and nurses.

My team and I have extensive experience in high conflict divorce and custody matters, which often involve working with guardian ad litems regarding custody issues, parenting issues, and issues related to waivers of privilege for children.  We also work with child psychologists in this regard.  

My team and I are experienced in dealing with high value divorce clients, executives and other professionals and are experienced in working with experts to value assets in all types of divorce cases including those that are unique to high value divorce matters, such as business valuations and stock options.   

I've had the pleasure of speaking at a number of educational and informative engagements dealing with litigation, divorce, custody, asset valuation and alimony.  

I recognize that our clients are often in crisis and require compassion, understanding and guidance.  I advise my clients throughout the process and keep them informed along the way. 

I've had considerable success as a litigator.  I invite you to review a sampling of cases, results and detailed testimonials in the testimonial and results sections of website at   I look forward to serving you. 


Practice areas


  1. Family: 65%
    31 years
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
    31 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 15%
    31 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Nicole Reilly

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    Nicole Reilly Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Lisa A. Greenberg

    I referred a very difficult equity / domestic relations case to David. He researched the law, pinpointed the facts, and totally obliterated the opposing counsel.


    Lisa Greenberg Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

David M. Gabriel & Associates

131 Dodge Street
Beverly, MA, 01915-1989


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified MediatorMediation Works2008
Certiied Divorce MediatorMediation Works2008
Cum LaudeBoston College1981
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerDavid M. Gabriel & Associates1994 - Present
PartnerLaw Offices of Richard J. Gabriel & David M. Gabriel, PC1988 - 1994
AssociateGabriel & Gabriel1985 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
Massachusetts Academy of Trial AttorneysMember2011 - Present
Better Business BureauMember2010 - Present
Essex County Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
O'Neill vs. O'NeillWife's complaint for modification seeking and increase in alimony was dismissed after trial.
Schlegel vs. SchlegelDecision strongly in favor of Father
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Publication nameTitleDate
FindLawAlimony Reform Proposed in Massachusetts2010
FindlawMediation: Affordable Bridge from Marital Strife to Happy Life2010
Findlaw Knowledge BaseTaxes in Divorce2010
FindlawMassachusetts Becomes First State to Challenge Legality of DOMA2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Suffolk University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
Boston CollegeEnglishOther - Bachelors1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Divorce in a NutshellDivorce2014
2014 Practical Skills SeminarDivorce2014
Practical Skills SeminarDivorce2013
Advocacy and Drafting Under the New Alimony Reform LegislationAlimony Reform2013
Divorce CLEDivorce Demystified2012