David Spalten’s legal career has focused on high net worth trusts, estates and fiduciary litigation, broker-dealer, officer and director liability, shareholder, partnership, private equity and related areas within the financial services industry, and spans more than three decades. He is Of Counsel to Hargrove Firm in Georgia and supports Partner Megan Holt in complex trusts, estates, will contest and fiduciary litigation matters. David represents families, beneficiaries, heirs, fiduciaries, trusts, and estates in complicated and tax-motivated trust and estate litigation including will contests, trusts and will reformation, fiduciary law, pre- and postnuptial agreements, matrimonial litigation, and family business and succession disputes in his work with Hargrove Firm. Launched in 2017, his privately-owned Georgia firm serves the needs of publicly traded, closely held and family businesses, entrepreneurs, shareholders, management, and employees in general and complex commercial and fiduciary litigation and dispute resolution.
Prior to 2017, David was an equity partner with a New York-based national commercial litigation boutique, Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, representing Fortune 500 companies, private equity, and other investment firms in commercial and fiduciary litigation and at trial. From 1986 to 2006, he was a partner with Merritt & Tenney, LLP, where he ran its high net worth wills, trusts, probate, matrimonial and national tax, fiduciary and commercial trial litigation and arbitration practice. Throughout his career he has represented clients in the securities, insurance, real estate, communications, manufacturing, technology, and healthcare sectors.
David graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Alfred University and earned his Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in Georgia and New York and is Martindale Hubbell AV rated. David has also practiced in the U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit; the U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit; in the U.S. Tax Court; and in various state courts across the country, including in trust and estate matters in Kentucky.