David R. Dahan, a partner, focuses his practice on commercial litigation and business counseling. He represents all types of business and non-profit entities in an array of matters, including:
- Unfair competition
- Trademark infringement
- Violation of non-competition, non-disclosure and non-solicitation agreements
- Breach of contract
- Real estate construction
- Shareholder disputes
Areas of Practice
David is an aggressive litigator who is focused on results. His litigation experience provides him with valuable insight on legal issues that can be avoided at the time contracts are negotiated. David’s litigation skills, coupled with his business education and accounting experience, provide him with a unique ability to protect clients’ interests and provide thoughtful counsel consistent with their overall objectives.
A significant part of David’s practice includes representing condominium and homeowner associations. He provides counseling on all aspects of association matters including day-to-day business and legal issues, transition, and, if necessary, litigation. David provides a full range of legal advice and services involving drafting, negotiating and enforcing all governing documents, association service contracts, rules and regulations, developer transition, construction defect litigation, municipal services and relations, regulatory compliance, insurance claims, member disputes, restrictive covenant interpretation and fiduciary duties of board members. David has handled many transition matters to successful conclusion.
With respect to construction litigation, he represents owners and community associations in connection with a variety of construction defects and claims including those that are revealed during transition or arise in the course of vendors providing maintenance or repairs.
David also represents franchisors, franchisees and other companies in a variety of litigation and transactions.
Moreover, David represents executors, trustees, and beneficiaries in connection with estate/trust disputes and litigation. He is skilled in balancing his clients’ best interests and the various emotions that arise in such matters.
David is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association and the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising. Additionally, David is a member of the Community Associations Institute (CAI). David is a member of the Board of Directors as well as Treasurer and a member of the Finance Committee and Executive Committee for the CAI Pennsylvania and Delaware Valley Chapter. He is also the chapter’s liaison for its New Jersey Regional Council and New Jersey Legislative Action Committee.
David was born in Miami, Florida. He coached youth basketball for years and loves the game. David and his family are active in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
David is a graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law (J.D., 1997) and Temple University, Philadelphia (BBA, Concentration in Accounting, 1991).
Obtained injunctions in Federal Court to enjoin infringers of trademarks for major food franchisors
Recovered millions of dollars, including legal fees, for multiple plaintiffs in claims for improper installation and maintenance of fire sprinkler systems and improper installation of pilings to support a house
Successfully resolved extremely contentious shareholder lawsuits where continued operations were in serious jeopardy for clients providing auto and truck repairs, bank support services, food and beverage and retail sales
Discovered undisclosed conflict by defendant developer post-arbitration in construction defect case that resulted in settlement for over three times amount of tainted award
Achieved dismissal on behalf of hospital of $1 million claim for alleged breach of contract with laundry service provider and recovered portion of legal fees on counterclaim for consumer fraud
Defended corporate tenant in eviction action in which, after trial, landlord’s claims were found to have no merit and judgment was entered in favor of tenant on its counterclaims with recovery of all legal fees and costs
“Don’t Be Battle Scarred: Winning Construction Defect Lawsuits,” – Keystone Chapter Community Associations Institute 2022 Community Live Conference & Expo, April 2022
“Closely Held Business Disputes – Managing Business Divorce Litigation,” Burlington County Bar Association, January 2022
“Recently Adopted Rules of FHA Certification May Help Your Condo Association,” 2021 Conference and Expo for the Community Associations Institute’s Keystone Chapter, June 2021
“NJ Legal & Legislative Update,” Community Associations Institute 2020 New Jersey Regional Mini Trade Show, November 2020
“Board Governance Issues: How to Protect the Board and Association from Liability,” Community Associations Institute’s Shine On 2020 Conference & Expo, September 2020
“Transition & Reserves,” Community Associations Institute’s New Jersey Regional Council, February 2020
“Transition from Start to Finish: From Developer to Homeowner Control,” Community Associations Institute Managers Symposium, March 2019
“Legislative and Case Law Update,” Community Associations Institute seminar, September 2017
“Legislative and Case Law Update,” Community Associations Institute seminar, November 2016
“How to Read Financial Documents, Audits, and Reserve Studies,” Moderator, Community Associations Institute Seminar, February 2016
“Legislative and Case Law Update,” Community Associations Institute seminar, February 2015
“Handling Discovery in an Ethical Manner,” The Burlington County Bar Association’s Commercial Law Subcommittee, April 2014
“Charitable Planning in 2014,” Community Foundation of South Jersey seminar, March 2014
“Collections,” Target Property Management, 1st Annual Education Expo, June 2013
“The Dos and Don’ts of Expert Selection and Communications,” The Burlington County Bar Association’s Civil Practice Section, March 2013
“The Essentials of Community Association Volunteer Leadership,” Community Associations Institute seminar, February 2013
“Governing Documents and FHA Approval,” Community Associations Institute seminar, November 2012
“Good Intentions, Bad Decisions,” Associa MAMCO Property Management seminar, February 2012
“Transition of Community from Developer to Association,” Target Property Management seminar, August, 2011
“Alternative Dispute Resolution for Community Associations,” Associa MAMCO Property Management seminar, July 2011
“Get Plugged-In On Car Charging in NJ Community Associations – Legislature Goes Green!” Co-author, Hyland Levin Shapiro LLP e-Alert, February 2021
“NJ Non-Essential Construction Activity Shut Down and Retail Limitations,” Co-author, Hyland Levin Shapiro LLP e-Alert, April 2020
“Community Associations: Steps After Developer Relinquishes Control of the Board,” New Jersey Law Journal, October 2018
“The $25 Million Question: What Law Applies?” New Jersey Law Journal, March 2017
“The Common Interest Rule – A Forgotten Tool?” New Jersey Law Journal, June 2016
“The Statute of Limitations & Transition,” Community Assets, May/June 2016
“Commercial Condominiums in NJ and PA,” Community Associations Institute, July 2015
“Commercial Condominium Projects,” Wolf Commercial Real Estate, #Information Friday, July 2015
“Q&A: Rules for Renters,” The New Jersey Cooperator, The Condo, HOA & Co-op Monthly, November 2014
“Q&A: New Parking Allocation Unfair,” The New Jersey Cooperator, The Condo, HOA & Co-op Monthly, January 2014
“Q&A: Dog Size a Weighty Issue,” The New Jersey Cooperator, The Condo, HOA & Co-op Monthly, December 2013
“Clubhouse For Rent – Renting Amenities for Revenue,” 2010 Yale Robbins, Inc.
“Q&A: Clubhouse Rental,” The New Jersey Cooperator, The Condo, HOA & Co-op Monthly, November 2007
“Q&A: Collateral Damages,” The New Jersey Cooperator, The Condo, HOA & Co-op Monthly, August 2007
“Q&A: Parking Complexity,” The New Jersey Cooperator, The Condo, HOA & Co-op Monthly, June 2007
“Q&A: No Service? No Fees!” The New Jersey Cooperator, The Condo, HOA & Co-op Monthly, March 2007
“Stop Beating a Dead Horse – Draft expert reports are not discoverable,” New Jersey Law Journal, May 2005
In 2008, David was selected by the business publication NJBIZ to receive its “Forty Under 40” award. The award recognizes dynamic business leaders under the age of 40 who have been making headlines in their field and who demonstrate a strong commitment to business growth, professional excellence and the community. Award recipients have significant professional accomplishments, leadership qualities, vision and community involvement.
Temple University Beasley School of Law (J.D. 1997)
Temple University, Philadelphia (BBA, Concentration in Accounting, 1991)
- New Jersey
- U.S. Supreme Court