David Nemecek is a corporate partner resident in the Los Angeles office and the New York office. Dave's practice focuses on representing private equity sponsors, hedge funds, asset managers and alternative capital sources in complex financing transactions, including leveraged buyouts, liability management transactions, recapitalizations, restructurings and other special situation transactions.

Chambers USA has recommended Dave as a leading lawyer in banking and finance since 2014. According to the 2019 edition of Chambers, clients have said that “Dave is hands down the best lawyer I have ever worked with,” and “his strengths are his depth of knowledge, his response time and his ability to fight for the issues that actually matter.” In the 2018 edition of Chambers, Dave was called “a leading trailblazer in the terms folks are able to get” and a client noted that Dave is “so active, so he knows what’s going on the market.” According to the 2017 edition of Chambers, "the thing that sets him apart from other counsel is that he gets to the answer fast; he can quickly understand a business issue and come up with a solution." In prior editions of Chambers, clients noted that "whatever we give him will get done right." The National Law Journal named Dave to its 2019 list of “Finance, Banking & Capital Markets Trailblazers,” for his work on behalf of such clients as Neiman Marcus and PetSmart. The Legal 500 U.S. called out Dave as being "thorough, knowledgeable, responsive and deal-oriented," and the IFLR1000 noted him as “Highly Regarded.” Dave is designated a “Super Lawyer” by Southern California Super Lawyers. In 2017, he was named one of the “Top 40 Under 40” lawyers for the State of California by the Daily Journal.

Dave has significant experience with a wide variety of transaction structures, including:

  • senior secured and senior unsecured financings;

  • debtor-in-possession and exit financings;

  • split collateral structures;

  • first lien-second lien financings;

  • asset-based loans;

  • mezzanine financings; and

  • unitranche financings.

Dave has negotiated and closed transactions in a diverse group of industries, including media, retail, restaurant, energy, healthcare, software and biotechnology. Dave counsels clients in deals of varying sizes − from billion dollar transactions to middle market and lower middle market transactions.


Thought Leadership

Columbia Business School PE & VC Conference, February 23, 2018

'Tis the Season—The Real Deal on Retail, Financial Lawyers Conference, December 7, 2017

A Spooky Brew: Trends in the Finance Cauldron Create a Potion of Unexpected Outcomes in Recent Restructurings, Financial Lawyers Conference, November 2, 2017

Co-Lecturer with Andy Kaufman, “Syndicated Loan Transactions,” University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, Spring 2013


Recognized by The National Law Journal as a “Finance, Banking & Capital Markets Trailblazer,” 2019

Recognized by Chambers USA for California Banking & Finance, 2014–2019

Recognized by IFLR1000 as "Highly Regarded" in California and for Banking and Real Estate Finance, 2018

Recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. for Commercial Lending, 2012, 2015–2016, 2018–2019 and Private Equity Buyouts, 2016

Selected as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” by the Daily Journal, April 2017

“Super Lawyer” Southern California Super Lawyers, 2018

"Rising Star" Southern California Super Lawyers, 2012–2017


Admissions & Qualifications

  • California
  • New York


  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.2002
  • Northwestern UniversityB.A., American Studiesmagna cum laude1999
    Phi Beta Kappa