David M. Coriell


  • JD, magna cum laude, Cornell Law School, 2015; Order of the Coif, senior articles editor,Cornell Law Review, David Marcus Memorial Prize
  • BA (Political Science), cum laude, Middlebury College, 2006; C.J. Neil Kvasnak Family Award


  • New York, 2016
  • Massachusetts, 2015

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2017
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 2016

David M. Coriell


Dave Coriell joined the litigation department as an associate in 2015. Dave’s practice covers a wide range of civil litigation, including complex commercial disputes, government and internal investigations, and antitrust and class action litigation. In addition, Dave advises financial institution clients in securities-related matters, including SEC examinations, and deal-related matters. Dave works with a diverse group of clients, including private equity firms, public and private companies, and healthcare industry clients. Dave has experience in all stages of litigation, including preparing motions and briefs, and performing different aspects of discovery, such as document review, document production, and deposition and trial preparation.

Dave maintains an active pro bono practice, which includes representing asylum applicants before the immigration courts and in federal court. Dave has also represented clients pursuing civil rights claims in matters ranging from housing discrimination lawsuits to the death penalty litigation.

Prior to joining Ropes and Gray, Dave was an aide to former Vermont Governor Jim Douglas, serving as Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs, Communications Director and Press Secretary. During law school, Dave interned for the Honorable William K. Sessions III, U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont.


  • Represented not-for-profit hospital in litigation involving employment discrimination and retaliation claims, as well claims involving conversion of electronic data and property.
  • Represented electronics manufacturer in multidistrict antitrust class action litigation.
  • Advised private-equity client regarding claims for potential misrepresentation in connection with the purchase of a portfolio company.
  • Conducted internal investigation into potential insider trading activities for investment manager.
  • Conducted investigation on behalf of medical device company into whistleblower allegations made by former member of senior management.
  • Representing medical device manufacturer in a DOJ investigation of alleged FDCA violations.
  • Represented international pharmaceutical company in multi-year criminal and civil investigations by federal and state authorities into allegedly fraudulent promotional practices.
  • Advises investment advisers during SEC examinations.
  • Advises private-equity client regarding litigation risks for potential target companies.
  • Successfully obtained asylum for an LGBT Jamaican man facing deportation, both in immigration court and in the Third Circuit.
  • Represents a death row inmate challenging the drugs used in lethal injections in Alabama.
  • Represented non-profit organization against breach of contract and Chapter 93A claims in Massachusetts Superior Court.


  • Co-author, “A Common-Sense Approach To Conversion In Digital Age,” Law360 (October 30, 2017)
  • Author, “The Transferred Immunity Trap: Misapplication of Section 1983 Immunities,”100 Cornell L. Rev. 985 (2015)
  • Author, “An (Un)fair Cross Section: How the Application of Duren Undermines the Jury,” 100 Cornell L. Rev. 463 (2014)
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