David Davila Associate




David Davila handles construction litigation matters for companies and municipal agencies in all phases of litigation, from inception through trial and appeal. He has tried construction cases on issues of both liability and damages and under insurance wrap-up programs for various construction projects, as well as more traditional scenarios in which contractors are responsible for carrying their own insurance. 

Prior to joining Wilson Elser, David was an Assistant District Attorney at the Bronx District Attorney’s office where he handled hundreds of cases, ranging from violations to serious felonies. David conducted numerous hearings and presented oral and written arguments before the court. He also worked as a TLC-licensed driver for five years, and before that in restaurants, from busboy to kitchen manager, beginning at the age of 14. 

A child of Colombian immigrants, David interned at Catholic Migration Services, where he provided legal services to undocumented individuals in the community. He also participated in various “street law” programs, providing legal services in English and Spanish in migrant-concentrated neighborhoods in Queens. Additionally, along with several other law students, David traveled to San Antonio, Texas, to work with RAICES and provide legal services to migrants detained at the border. 

Furthermore, throughout law school David participated in the St. John’s LALSA (Latin American Law Student Association) as treasurer, assisting in several fundraising campaigns to help members of the community. At the same time, David was a member of Metro LALSA, a collective organization of Latino law students across law schools in the metropolitan area, which hosts various networking and charity events, as well as programs to help guide new Latino law students as they enter the legal profession. David still volunteers for this program. 

Clearly diversity, inclusion and representation are very important to David, and as a first-generation college graduate and attorney, he strives not only to make his family proud but also to inspire those from backgrounds similar to his.