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, portfolio companies, 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.

Dave is rated as “Band 1” by Chambers USA, which has recognized him as a leading lawyer in banking and finance since 2014.

Receiving praise from clients and peers alike, one client recently stated that “David is my first call any time I have a complicated situation. I can’t think of any weaknesses for him, he is simply a phenomenal debt lawyer.”

Others have praised Dave for being “hands down the best lawyer I have ever worked with,” and commented that “his strengths are his depth of knowledge, his response time and his ability to fight for the issues that actually matter.” “A leading trailblazer in the terms folks are able to get,“ sources say, “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 a Law360 "Dealmaker Q&A" article, Dave was called out by one of his peers as a "pragmatic" deal lawyer, a "retail expert" who understands his particular client needs and someone who gets deals done in an "efficient" and"timely" manner.

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. praised 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 negotiated and closed transactions in a diverse group of industries, including retail, restaurant, apparel, energy, healthcare, media, software, cosmetics, specialty finance and biotechnology. His transactions span the capital structure and vary in size from multi-billion dollar transactions to middle market and lower middle market transactions.


Thought Leadership

Panelist, "Distressed Finance to the Rescue," 2020 Refinitiv LPC Middle Market and Large Corporate Loans Virtual Conference, September 15, 2020

Guest Lecturer, “Advanced Private Equity,” Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, March 19, 2018

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, 2014–2020

Recognized by IFLR1000 as "Highly Regarded" in California and for Banking and Real Estate Finance, 2018–2019

Recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. for Commercial Lending, 2012, 2015–2016, 2018–2020 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, 2018–2020

"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