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David C. Kravitz

617 226-3424 (Tel)
617 305-0624 (Fax)


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Mr. Kravitz specializes in state and federal appellate litigation, and in dispositive motion practice in the state and federal trial courts. He has represented a wide variety of business, governmental, and individual clients, from private citizens to small business owners to major financial institutions to the Governor of the Commonwealth. Mr. Kravitz served as a law clerk to the Honorable Sandra Day O'Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court, and to the Honorable Stephen Breyer, then of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Prior to joining Murphy & King, Mr. Kravitz served as Deputy Legal Counsel to Governors William Weld and Paul Cellucci, and as a litigation associate at Ropes & Gray.

Recent Engagements

  • Lead author of the brief successfully defending the Governor’s authority to order emergency spending reductions. The Supreme Judicial Court ruled in favor of the Governor on both statutory and constitutional grounds. The case is reported at 437 Mass. 172 (2002).
  • Briefed and argued a successful summary judgment motion on behalf of citizens of Lexington, Mass. who wished to require the town to submit a pay-as-you-throw trash program to a town-wide vote per the town’s by-laws.
  • Briefed a summary judgment motion on behalf of the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in a bankruptcy case urging that a tax refund received by the debtor during the year in which bankruptcy was filed was not subject to the secured creditors’ liens. The case settled favorably before the bankruptcy court ruled on the motion.
  • Successfully briefed and argued the appeal of a Superior Court ruling against a power plant in a contract dispute with its customers over the pricing of one of the utilities provided under the contract. The Massachusetts Appeals Court reversed the Superior Court’s ruling in an unpublished 15-page opinion.
  • Successfully briefed and argued the appeal of a Superior Court ruling that dismissed a personal injury case on forum non conveniens grounds. The case is reported at 59 Mass.App.Ct. 753 (2003).