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David D. Nielson

Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney at Fort Lauderdale, FL

5.0   11 reviews

also known as Lugten Morin & Nielson LLP

  • State Years
    Florida - FL 18 years
    Massachusetts - MA 22 years
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2005
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2002
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Chapter 7 bankruptcy
    A chapter 7 bankruptcy case does not involve the filing of a plan of repayment as in chapter 13. Instead, non-exempt assets (if any) can be sold by the Trustee, and in some cases, a discharge can be granted after a few months.

  2. Chapter 13 bankruptcy
    Chapter 13 requires a repayment plan that can allow you to keep certain assets such as cars or real estate by repaying past due amounts through the plan while making payments. It has other benefits, as well.

  3. Bankruptcy and debt
    Sometimes there are financial difficulties that can be resolved without the need for a formal bankruptcy proceeding, such as debt consolation. Additionally, pre-bankruptcy planning is critical in many cases.

Attorney David D. Nielson is in the Fort Lauderdale office of Lugten, Morin & Nielson, LLP providing legal services in the area of Bankruptcy. He believes that clients are entitled to receive personal attention throughout their cases, and strives to provide superior legal services, and each client has his direct number rather than talking through a paralegal.

His bankruptcy practice includes chapters 7 and 13 bankruptcy matters for individuals and small businesses, including pre-petition counseling. He was a contributing author for Aspatore/Thomas Reuters’ Inside the Minds and authored Obtaining A Discharge In a Bankruptcy Case: What You Need to Know. He has lectured at the American Bankruptcy Institute on complex Chapter 13 plans, as well as at various Boston Bar Continuing Legal Education and Massachusetts Continuing Education seminars. He is member of the Bankruptcy Bar Assocation for the District of Southern Florida.

Prior to joining Lugten Morin, he was associated with the business department of Nutter, McClennen and Fish, LLP in Boston, Massachusetts, a 200+ attorney firm. He received a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, a C.S.S. in Administration and Management from Harvard University Extension School, and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Utah. He intenered under Judge Bruce Selya, US Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit.

He was a panelist at the 2010 American Bankruptcy Association Consumer Bankruptcy Forum regarding modification and treatment of principal residence mortgages in Chapter 13 proceedings; he was a guest panelist in 2005 at Brown University’s Venture Forum. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and Florida, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Florida and Massachustts, and is admitted to the Southern Florida and Massacusetts Federal District Courts; and is a member of the Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida.


David Nielson
Lugten Morin & Nielson LLP
3101 N Federal Highway Suite 602
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33306

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5.0 / 5.0
  11 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helped me out of a bad situation
He handled my bankruptcy and was the only one who talked to me on the phone and answered my questions when we met so I knew what to expect. It turned out great
Posted by anonymous | July 29, 2015
Attorney Nielson is Excellent. Very Highly Recommend!!
I HIGHLY recommend Attorney Nielson without reservation. Most importantly he's incredibly knowledgable and extremely competent. But he's also very responsive, professional and approachable. Because of him, I was able to navigate a confusing and intimidating legal process comfortably and competently.
Posted by Robert | November 6, 2013
Excellent attorney for real estate transactions
I found Attorney Nielson (Dave) during an online search as we were needing an attorney to represent my wife and I in our first home purchase. Dave drafted the purchase and sales, performed the closing and performed the title search for our recent home purchase. As a first time home buyer, I was not completely aware of all the legal characteristics of buying a home. Dave is clearly an expert of real estate law. He provided above and beyond service throughout the entire closing process. Dave educated me on the process and helped me understand the legal elements of buying a home. He was patient and always quick to respond to my questions. He was willing to correspond via email, something that was very helpful for me as I am deaf. Our recent home purchase was quite complex as the seller was a trust. There were multiple trustees, which made the transaction more complex. Dave was able to work through the complexities very effectively, which made life easier for my wife and I through the closing process. I highly recommend Attorney Nielson for anyone who needs a reliable real estate attorney.
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Posted by Christopher | April 3, 2013
Exceptional service
David has handled two real estate transactions on our behalf. He did an outstanding job representing our interests in both transactions. Attorney Nielson was very responsive to all of my questions, concerns and kept us very well informed.
Posted by Patti | August 27, 2012
Highly recommended if need a good bankruptcy lawyer
Mr. Nielson, helped me through a bankrupcy. He is very knowledgeable and answered all my questions. He broke down exactly what is needed, and most especially what I needed to do to to get myself and family back on track. I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2012
Exceptional legal representation
David Nielson is a knowledgable, experienced professional who provided sound legal advice in what turned out to be a fairly complicated Chapter 7 Bankruptcy filing. My wife and I were confident that we were in good hands during the entire process, which should be the primary consideration when hiring an attorney. In addition to his professional qualifications, David was extremely easy to work with. His manner was respectful, understanding and compassionate during this highly stressful time. I have worked with many attorneys during my career and I can honestly say that David is among the best. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2012
Good Lawyer to Have on Your Side
Dave Nielson is business-like and professional with the depth of knowledge and experience. He is an exceptionally thorough lawyer. Unmatched expertise and clarity in the bankruptcy law. I am grateful for his legal guidance and his precision advise. Dave Nielson has a birds-eye view of the law and he maps the case for the best client's outcome possible.
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Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2011
A lawyer you can count on
Attorney Nielsen did a fantastic job representing me during the recent sale of my home. Dave’s professionalism, honesty and knowledge of real estate law placed me at ease from P/S to Close.
Posted by Kathy | July 22, 2010
A Positive Experience
I would recommend David Nielson to anyone in need of legal advice. He made an uncomfortable situation relatively painful. Dave was thorough, and totally professional while being empathetic to the situation I was in. Everything went quickly and smoothly because he was so well prepared and thorough in his preparation and execution.
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Posted by Alfonse | February 18, 2010
David is a consumate professional, delivers great results and cares about clients
I was lucky to discover and use Attorney Nielson. He has guided me and my business through a myriad of legal challenges from employment law issues to related business filings. He has also been instrumental at solving several personal legal issues ranging from real estate property closing to establishing a trust. Prior to discovering David, I have used a variety of lawyers for both personal and business dealings in both mega-firms and smaller sized legal practices. The reality is the size of a law firm doesn't matter, it is the attention to detail combined with responsiveness and compassion that makes a great lawyer. Dealing with a variety of attorneys over the years, I have found there are few lawyers who deliver excellent service, superb legal results combined with cost affordable solutions. Attorney David Nielson is a diamond in the legal profession. David shines by offering a deep understanding of a large variety of legal issues. He is adept at dealing with a spectrum of business and personal matters. David possesses the business savvy to guide anyone through challenging times and is a terrific booster of one's spirits during the process. But most of all, Attorney Nielson offers the compassion as well as the responsiveness to solve immediate and complex legal needs. If you are in need of a great attorney, one who will fight for you without breaking the bank, David is your best choice.
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Posted by Paul | February 11, 2010
Review of Attorney David D. Nielson at David D Nielson Law (DDN Law Office)
Did a great job guiding me through a very complicated estate planning process.He was responsive to my frequent requests for modifications and helped me understand the implications of the different choices. David Nielson was available and on time when I would schedule an appointment. He was upfront on the costs and the final cost was inline with his up front estimate. Overall I found him to be a knowledgeable and reputable attorney and highly recommend him.
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  • Free Consultation 40 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 175-300 per hour
  • Pro bono 10 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.8 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Lugten Morin & Nielson LLP
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Nielson Law Office
  • 2004 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Assistant to Senator David Magnani
  • Massachusetts Senate
  • 2000 - 2000
  • Internship
  • Greater Boston Legal Services
  • 2000 - 2000
  • Judical Intern
  • US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • 1999 - 1999
  • General Manager - Electronic Systems Div.
  • Titan Corporation
  • 1987 - 1997
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  • Northeastern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Harvard Extension
  • Certificate Administration and Management
  • 1992
  • University of Utah
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1982

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth v James Hilaire
  • Win
  • In re Minor Child
  • Successfully obtained a discharge
  • Madikians v American Airlines & American Association of Professional Flight Attendants
  • Settled
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  • Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida
  • 2020 - Present
  • Florida Bar Association
  • 2005 - Present
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • 2001 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • 2001 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Publico Service
  • US Bankrupcy Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Visiting Lecturer, Quincy College
  • Detrimental Attributes of Bankruptcy on Past, Current or Future Divorce Proceedings
  • 2014
  • Pro Bono Bankruptcy Clinic
  • Sucessful Bankruptcy for Pro Se Debtors
  • 2014
  • Pro Se Debtors Education
  • Chapter 7 for Pro Se Debtors
  • 2011
  • Boston Bar Consumer Bankruptcy Forum
  • Chapter 13 Plans, Bifurcation of Homestead Mortgages and Mainteinance of Payments
  • 2010
  • Brown University Venture Forum
  • Valuation of Intellectual Property
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (4)
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Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Nielson is a thorough and knowledgeable lawyer, whose attention to detail is second to none. He works hard for his clients and treats them with courtesy, professionalism and respect. I highly recommend Attorney Nielson."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have gotten to know David through our trying to help people in tough situations as well as attending seminars. David has impressed me as an experienced and caring bankruptcy lawyer who works hard to get the best possible result for his clients."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Nielson was all that I could've asked for in a bankruptcy attorney and more. He kept me up to date on all aspects of my client's case, actually listened to questions and then explained the answers. He also did a great job of understanding what my client was going through and feeling. Mr. Nielson is a methodical lawyer, a tells you like it is type of counselor and non judgmental. Attorney Nielson treated my client and me with respect, honesty and humor, when needed. I will definitely use Attorney Nielson in the future if the need arises."
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Fort Lauderdale Chapter 7 bankruptcy Lawyer David D. Nielson
David D. Nielson
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Licensed for 22 years
Free Consultation