David W. Trench

Senior Counsel
Area of Focus: Trial & Litigation
David W. Trench
Senior Counsel

As Senior Counsel in litigation and a member of the firm’s Office of the General Counsel, David's practice focuses on real estate related litigation, including complex commercial mortgage foreclosures and construction defects litigation for major developers, real estate lenders and property owners.

David takes a balanced approach to tackling his clients' business issues. Rather than simply adopt an aggressive, adversarial strategy, David considers the client's larger business objectives before recommending a litigation plan to a client and then deciding with the client how to implement it.

Q & A
How has your experience shaped your practice?
I have a long history of dealing with real estate transactions and litigation both in bankruptcy and outside of bankruptcy. I have handled litigation in California, New York, Delaware, and Florida in bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy matters. These cases have run the gamut of the possible issues that a client can face. Through my experience, I have learned both how transactions come together and how they come apart, as well as where the risks lie. Cases I have handled have involved loans secured by mortgages, mezzanine loans, guarantees and as well as all types of pledges such as security and different collateral-related issues. 
Why do clients like working with you?
Clients hire me because they know I can draw on a broad and deep base of knowledge, information and experience both in litigation and the businesses that underlie that litigation. Clients recognize that I know which tactics make sense and which do not. Sometimes strategic decisions are made for the purpose of eliciting a response. Sometimes you choose not to do something, even though you have the power to do it, because it gives no real benefit in getting to the conclusion you want. Clients appreciate that kind of thinking.
How do Bilzin Sumberg lawyers work collaboratively across practices?
A smart lawyer can do almost anything so long as there is the necessary support to bring you where you need to be. The attorneys at our Firm often work across practice areas because problems extend across practice areas. For example, I argued before the Florida Supreme Court on an issue that was very important to a client's business; I was able to win because a real estate attorney at the Firm, who is an expert in condominium law, helped me understand the nuances of that area of law which allowed me to speak with the authority of an expert. It is a great example of how our internal collaboration benefits clients.
  • University of Miami, J.D., 1975
    Moravian College, B.A., 1968
  • American Bar Association
    Litigation and Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Sections
    Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida
    Dade County Bar Association
    The Florida Bar
    Trial Lawyers Section
    Business Law Section
    Lawyers for Children America
    Pro bono
  • Florida
  • U.S. Tax Court
    U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
    U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
    U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
    U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Real Estate, 2012 - present 

    Florida Super Lawyers, 2006 - 2013; 2017-2018

    Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition, Business Litigation, 2008

    AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

    Lawyers for Children America, John Edward Smith Child Advocacy Award, 2005