David A. Russcol
  • Criminal Law, Employment Law, Appeals & Appellate
  • District of Columbia, Massachusetts, New York
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David Russcol’s practice encompasses all aspects of litigation, from preliminary investigation to filing suit, through trial and pursuing appeals. He focuses on university sexual assault and discipline matters, appellate advocacy, employment and other civil actions, civil rights, and criminal defense. David is quick to grasp complex factual situations and legal principles, but he takes the time to develop a thorough understanding of all aspects of his cases. David’s experience clerking for state and federal judges and his attention to detail enable him to make forceful and innovative arguments on behalf of his clients. In 2016, 2017, and 2018, David Russcol was selected to the Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers.

Prior to joining Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP, David served as a law clerk for then-Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf of the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts and for Justice Scott L. Kafker, then of the Massachusetts Appeals Court (currently a Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court). After graduating from law school, he was also a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, where his research focused on cyberlaw issues including technological interoperability and the laws governing bloggers and citizen journalists.

During law school, David was the Submissions Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, and an editor of the Harvard Journal on Legislation. He interned at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, where he successfully defended online critics of an alleged cult from a federal racketeering (RICO) suit, and also worked at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston.

Practice Areas
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Employment Law
Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
Appeals & Appellate
Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Bar
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New York
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U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
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  • English
  • Hebrew
Professional Experience
Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP
- Current
Law Clerk
Massachusetts Appeals Court
Law Clerk
U.S. District Court, Boston
Harvard Law School
J.D. (2007)
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Yale University
B.A. (2004)
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Rising Star
Super Lawyers
2016, 2017, 2018
Articles & Publications
Standing at a Constitutional Divide: Redefining State and Federal Standing Requirements After Hollingsworth v. Perry
Wash. & Lee L. Rev.
The Eye of a Constitutional Storm: Pre-Election Review by the State Judiciary of Initiative Amendments to State Constitutions
Mich. St. L. Rev.
Websites & Blogs
David A. Russcol's Website Profile
Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP Website
Boston Lawyer Blog
Contact & Map
Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP
65A Atlantic Ave
Boston, MA 02110
Telephone: (617) 742-6020
Fax: (617) 742-3269
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