David J. Hoey is the president of the Law Offices of David J. Hoey. For over 20 years, Attorney Hoey has handled matters involving complex civil litigation and catastrophic injuries across many jurisdictions. His practice has focused particularly on injury claims against nursing homes and assisted living facilities, encompassing: wrongful death, elder neglect and abuse, medical malpractice, and other corporate negligence.

Through litigation, the firm seeks to improve the quality of care and life for residents in New England nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Attorney Hoey passionately believes that our elderly deserve respect and dignity and he has dedicated his career to helping families get justice when corporations harm them.

He received his B.A. degree from Western New England College, where he was an Academic All-American in wrestling. He then received his J.D. degree from the Massachusetts School of Law. Attorney Hoey is the author of several articles, has presented at several American Association for Justice conventions, and is the co-author of Litigating Nursing Home Abuse Cases, a resource manual for other lawyers that provides a road map for successful litigation of nursing home abuse or neglect cases.

Since 2013, Attorney Hoey has been rated by his peers as a Super Lawyer in Massachusetts. He is also the Dean of the Keenan Ball Trial College whose mission is to give trial lawyers the system necessary to win and protect the community’s safety as well as deter wrongdoers by holding them accountable.

Massachusetts School of Law, J.D., 1994
Western New England College, B.A. – Sociology & Criminal Justice, 1989
Holy Cross High School, 1985

New Hampshire


Super Lawyers, 2013–Present


Nursing Home Litigation Group (ATLA)

  • Executive Committee, 2006–Present
  • Chair, 2005
  • Chair Elect, 2004
  • Vice Chair 2002–2003

Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA)

  • Board Member, 2007–2016

National Citizens Coalition for Nursing Home Reform

  • Board Member, 2005–2007

American Association for Justice (AAJ)

  • Member, 1993–Present

Massachusetts School of Law Alumni Association

  • Member, 1994–Present

Massachusetts Citizen Coalition for Nursing Home Reform

  • Member, 2000–Present

National Trial Lawyers Association

  • Member, 2011–Present
  • Executive Committee Nursing Homes, 2011–Present

New Hampshire Bar Association

  • Member, 2009–Present

National Senior Citizens Law Center

  • Contributor, 1997–Present

Vermont Bar Association

  • Member, 2018–Present


  • “Common Mistakes Made By Attorney’s Prosecuting Nursing Home Cases and How To Avoid Them”, “When Assisted Living Care Isn’t Enough”, Trial Magazine, August 2011
  • “Litigating Nursing Home Abuse Cases”, Co-author, AAJ Press, 2008
  • “Do’s and Don’ts of Nursing Home Cases”, Association of Trial Lawyers of New Jersey, April 2007
  • “Feeding Assistants in Nursing Homes – A Good Thing?”, The Valley Patriot, July 2004
  • “Choosing the Right Nursing Home for Your Loved One”, The Valley Patriot, May 2004
  • “Misconceptions About Nursing Home Litigation”, The Valley Patriot, April 2004
  • “Prosecuting Nursing Home Injury Cases”, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, October 22, 2001
  • Litigating Nursing Home Abuse Cases, by David Couch, Libby Edwards, David Hoey, AAJ Press


Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), Boston, MA

  • Faculty: Nursing Home & Assisted Living Litigation–Common Issues for Plaintiffs and Defendants, July 2018

Suffolk Law School, Boston, MA

  • Presenter: Utilizing AV Depos Under New Rules 30 & 30A, November 2017

AAJ Convention, Boston, MA

  • Moderator: Nursing Home Litigation Group, July 2017

Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), Boston, MA

  • Speaker: New Trends in Nursing Home Litigation, 2017 Personal Injury Conference

Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA), Boston, MA

  • Speaker: Anatomy of a Nursing Home Claim, 2017 Annual Dinner & Conference

Keenan Ball Trial College, Atlanta, GA

  • Dean of Students, 2013–Present
  • Instructor, 2012–Present

American Association for Justice Seminar, Washington, DC

  • Instructor: Establishing Corporate Negligence in Nursing Home Cases Using Cost Reports, 2010

Nursing Home Trial College, Memphis, TN

  • Instructor, 2009

National College of Advocacy, Las Vegas, NV

  • Presenter: Litigating Nursing Home Cases, 2007


I find great meaning in

Closeness. I can relate to anyone that comes in here–
their background, family values, no matter what they are
because of my upbringing and blue-collar roots.