J. David Morrissy, Partner

Attorney J. David Morrissy

David Morrissy is a seasoned litigator and business advisor, and the founding partner of ZEK's Washington, D.C. Office.

Recognized throughout the country for his skillful navigation of complex commercial transactions, powerful litigation strategies, and insightful management of regulatory compliance matters, David has earned a reputation as a trusted counselor and legal and business resource for both corporations and their principals. He is a tireless advocate who calls on his extensive experience to craft thoughtful, innovative, and sophisticated approaches that are as efficient as they are effective in delivering highly valued results. Ever mindful of his clients’ unique and often pressing business issues, David employs what has become a signature, laser-focused analytical approach designed to quickly surface opportunities within underlying, time-sensitive legal challenges.

Trusted Outside General Counsel

David works closely with his clients' principals and in-house counsel to help manage risk and to create solutions for business and legal issues before they arise. His daily operating advice to businesses and banks helps guide and support them through a broad array of business endeavors and his negotiating and drafting skill and experience helps clients attain and document favorable agreements. David’s clients trust him to relentlessly combat their most immediate issues while simultaneously setting the stage for longer term beneficial outcomes.

Experienced Litigator

In addition to offering clients services as an on-call and as-needed outside general counsel, David is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer who has attained substantial success for clients in a wide array of business and personal disputes. His expertise has helped clients secure and enforce judgments, negotiate favorable settlements as both plaintiffs and defendants in a host of varying lawsuits, and obtain emergency injunctive relief when faced with imminent threat.

Although David seeks to achieve the most efficient business solution for his clients by avoiding protracted lawsuits, when engaging in litigation is appropriate, David is an experienced and unremitting advocate who has obtained judgments for clients through both motion and trial practice, and has successfully represented clients in multifarious categories of legal proceedings.

Regardless of the forum or subject, David continually employs exhaustive preparation, skillful negotiation, and persuasive writing to obtain the best possible result for his clients.

In his role as Outside General Counsel David regularly assists clients with:

  • Real estate acquisition, disposition, and leasing;
  • Corporate financing;
  • Mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, and other transactions;
  • Entity formation, corporate governance, and dissolution;
  • Preparation of joint venture agreements;
  • Human resource management, labor and employment;
  • Internal investigations and regulatory compliance;
  • Cyber security;
  • Succession and estate planning;
  • Preparation of specialized industry contracts including confidentiality agreements;
  • Preparation of restrictive covenants, including non-solicitation and management-level non-compete agreements;
  • Preparation and management of licensure applications;
  • Subpoena compliance.

As litigation counsel, David frequently tackles:

  • Breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of warranty, fraud, and other business torts;
  • Foreclosures and evictions;
  • Discrimination, including the defense of Americans with Disabilities Act based allegations;
  • Restrictive covenant enforcement;
  • Judgment enforcement, collections, replevin actions, creditors’ rights in bankruptcy;
  • Condominium board and management disputes;
  • Constructive trusts and other intra-family disputes;
  • Defamation allegations.