David Sayward is a litigator in personal injury, civil litigation and domestic relations with over 35 years of experience. He provides representation in automobile accident claims, premises liability claims and a wide variety of contract disputes, including building construction, business, real estate and landlord-tenant disputes. David also handles complex divorces involving substantial assets, business interest evaluations and parenting issues and handles domestic violence and guardianship cases, as well as adoptions.
In David’s domestic relations practice, he is a firm believer in thorough preparation, sensitivity to his clients who are going through a very emotionally difficult time, and in attempting to settle divorce cases to enable his clients to control their futures and legal costs. On the other hand, David is fully capable and prepared to litigate cases, if a reasonable settlement cannot be achieved.
David is highly involved in the growing legal area of Collaborative Law in New Hampshire. He is a former member of the NHCLA Board of Directors, and a founding member of the Access to Collaborative Divorce Services Committee.
David co-authored a chapter in the MCLE publication, “Collaborative Law: Practice and Procedures” entitled “Treatment of Alimony and Child Support in Collaborative Cases.” He also co-authored the New Hampshire Collaborative Divorce Roadmap, Introduction to Collaborative Divorce Roadmap, Pro Bono Financial and Application Instructions for Evaluating Application and other forms and protocols used by NHCLA members.
Along with Attorney Cathy McKay, NHCLA’s liaison with Chief Administrative Judge Edwin Kelly, David is helping to create a pro bono collaborative divorce program option in the courts, which began with a one-year pilot program in the Salem Family Division and is continuing in the Manchester Family Division
David also handles appeals to the New Hampshire Supreme Court and he’s successfully conducted a number of appeals in his cases.