David Zimmer

Lecturer on Law

Fall 2020

c/o OAA

Assistant: Ellen Keng / 617-496-9016


David Zimmer is a partner in the Supreme Court and Appellate practice at Goodwin Procter in Boston. His practice focuses on U.S. Supreme Court and appellate matters and complex commercial litigation in a wide range of areas, with a particular focus on intellectual property, administrative law, and consumer financial services. He has argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Ninth, and Federal Circuits, and the Massachusetts, New York and California appellate courts, and has drafted and contributed to briefs for cases before numerous other federal courts of appeals and district courts and state courts throughout the country.

David maintains an active pro bono practice, focused largely on immigration issues. In 2017, he achieved a groundbreaking win before the U.S. Supreme Court in Pereira v. Sessions, for which he and his team were awarded the Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for Excellence in Litigation by the American Immigration Lawyers Association and were recognized by The Financial Times in its 2019 North America Innovative Lawyers Report. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey also appointed David as Special Assistant Attorney General to represent District Attorneys Marian Ryan and Rachael Rollins in their ongoing challenge to ICE’s practice of civilly arresting those appearing in Massachusetts courts.

In addition to his litigation work, David serves on the Board of Directors of both the ACLU of Massachusetts and Lawyers for Civil Rights; on the Emerging Leaders Council of the Legal Services Corporation; and on the Amicus Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Prior to joining Goodwin, David clerked for Justice Elena Kagan of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge William A. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 2010.

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