David M. Nickless

David M. Nickless

Founding Partner
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
David has been a bankruptcy trustee since 1985 and has substantial experience representing trustees, debtors, creditors, and other litigants at both the trial and appellate level in Federal and State Courts with over 75 reported decisions. David also provides individuals and businesses with legal advice and services concerning start-ups, business funding, and general business matters.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal and business insolvency
  • Business litigation
  • Loan Workouts, Corporate Reorganization and Commercial Law

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1981
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1988


  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1981
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    • B.S. - 1974
    • Major: Chemical Engineering


  • Bankruptcy for Low and Moderate Income Debtors: MCLE 1991
  • Small Business Workouts: MCLE 1991
  • Covering your Assets and Fraudulent Conveyances: MCLE 1992
  • Expert testimony in Federal Courts: ABI Northeast Bankruptcy Conference 2001
  • Chapter 13 Plans Sale and refinancing of real estate: ABI Northeast Bankruptcy Conference 2005
  • How to File Chapter 7 & 13 Consumer Bankruptcies Under the New Act: MCLE Program Chair 2006
  • Pretrial Orders and Discovery: ABI Winter Northeast Consumer Conference 2009

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member 1999-present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member 1981-present
  • Worcester County Bar Association, Member 1993-present, Bankruptcy Co-Chair 1993-1996
  • Northern Worcester County Bar Association, Member 1985-present
  • Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts, Electronic Filing Rules Committee 2002-2003
  • Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts, Local Rules Committee 2004-2008

Past Employment Positions

  • Marullo and Barnes, Associate, 1981 - 1985
  • United States Army , 1974 - 1978