David was born and bred in the Waikato. He studied law at Otago University, obtaining his law degree in 1980.
He was admitted to the bar in 1980 and worked initially for a law firm in Napier for three years, returning to the Waikato in 1984 to work in the family firm of O’Neill Allen & Parker.
David became a Partner in October 1985 and ran the litigation section of the firm until October 1995 when he left to become a Barrister Sole.
In his time as a Partner at O’Neill Allen & Parker, he was initially engaged in criminal jury work attending the Court of Appeal on regular occasions.
David moved into the civil/commercial area of litigation as the firm grew and when he left he took offices in the local patent attorney’s firm to assist them with their intellectual property litigation.
Becoming a Barrister enabled him to focus on civil/commercial litigation, specialising in:-
- Civil litigation
- Commercial litigation
- Land Litigation
- Estate litigation
- Appellate litigation
- Intellectual property litigation
David moved into Victoria legal Chambers in 1998. When David arrived at Victoria Legal Chambers there were two other Barristers operating there. Victoria Legal Chambers has now grown to six busy Barristers.
His litigation experience includes appearances in the District Court, High Court and the Court of Appeal.
David also undertakes arbitrations, both as counsel and arbitrator, is an Associate of AMINZ and a council member on the New Zealand Bar Association.