Attorney David Hoey
“Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway” – John Wayne
David is a trial lawyer recognized across the country for his advocacy on behalf of victims of abuse and neglect in long-term care facilities, David’s career has exceeded his expectations. He won his argument to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court that arbitration provisions in a nursing home contract were unfair to residents. He has obtained multiple record-setting resolutions for his clients, including the highest verdict for a nursing home death case in Massachusetts – a $14.4MM award during a time when state law was not favorable for this type of case. He is often called upon to negotiate, pro hac, consult and try cases across the country.
David readily credits his success as a trial lawyer to his solid blue-collar upbringing which prioritized the importance of hard work, compassion for fellow-citizens, and respect for the sacrifices made by elders.
Over the years, David expanded his practice to represent other vulnerable members of our society, including individuals and families affected by catastrophic injuries, wrongful death, elder neglect and abuse, premises liability, medical malpractice, product liability, negligent security, and other cases where corporate negligence plays a key role.
David also enjoys working with other lawyers who share his mission and commitment to hard work, as well as educating and training lawyers in the skills needed to successfully advocate for clients in the courtroom. Since 2010, David has served as Dean of the Keenan Trial Institute, an organization devoted to educating trial lawyers across the country on the system and techniques necessary to win and protect the community’s safety, as well as deter wrongdoers by holding them accountable. David is passionate about creating a positive community at KTI, serving justice to those in need, and believes every case deserves respect and compassion by applying the Black Letter Law. His time with the KTI has been essential in his success and in his ability to diversify and expand upon his practice’s offerings.
David’s involvement with KTI began in 2010. He was fortunate to be able to combine his and Don’s talents trying a case to verdict which resulted in the collection of nearly $10,000,000 for the victim of a violent assault in a Boston hotel parking garage.
David finds great satisfaction and motivation in teaching and sharing his knowledge by training and mentoring up and coming trial lawyers.