Much of my work focuses on public finance and healthcare clients. I counsel New Hampshire municipalities that need to borrow money to meet their capital and operating cash needs. In the healthcare area, I serve as special counsel to nonprofit New Hampshire hospitals that are pursuing affiliations with other healthcare organizations in an effort to ready themselves for the rapidly changing healthcare environment.

Our public finance clients include numerous public entities, including a majority of the state’s cities, all of its counties, and most of its towns, school districts, and village districts. We also serve as bond counsel to a number of Massachusetts municipalities. Transactions that I work on include bond issues of all sizes and degrees of complexity, including both new money and refunding issues. I provide counsel in both public offerings and also private placements with the New Hampshire Municipal Bond Bank, the United States Department of Agriculture, and numerous financial institutions. I am also longstanding issuer’s counsel for both the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Obligated Group and the University System of New Hampshire, two of the state’s largest issuers of tax-exempt debt.
Hospital clients depend on our expertise to help structure and implement new corporate relationships that will not only better serve the community’s healthcare needs, but will also comply with charitable trust, antitrust, and tax requirements. 
I love to play golf and to take advantage of other opportunities to enjoy the outdoors in New Hampshire, including bicycling, kayaking, snowboarding, cross country skiing and fishing. I also enjoy reading and traveling. For fun, I have recently been teaching myself to play both the ukulele and the harmonica. It’s going to take a lot of practice!

I have always been very involved in the administration of the law firm. I am currently a member of the firm's Board of Directors and in the past served two terms as the fim's president.

Volunteering for non-profit organizations is important to me. I am a member and former chair of the Board of Directors of Crotched Mountain Foundation and the current treasurer and board member of the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation. I am also a former member and chair of the Bedford School Board.

Representative Matters

Bond Counsel / Public Finance Clients

City of Concord, City of Rochester, City of Keene, City of Dover, Merrimack County, Strafford County, Cheshire County, Town of Bedford, Town of Derry, Town of Londonderry, Town of Tewksbury, Town of Dartmouth, Bedford School District, Salem School District, Windham School District, University System of New Hampshire, Business Finance Authority of the State of New Hampshire

Healthcare Clients

Cheshire Medical Center, New London Hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Obligated Group, Catholic Medical Center

Speaking Engagements

David has been a frequent speaker on a wide range of public finance topics including state law, federal tax law and securities law issues. He has participated in seminars sponsored by the New Hampshire Municipal Association, the Association of School Business Officers, the New Hampshire Association of Counties, the New Hampshire School Administrators Association and the New Hampshire Government Finance Officers Association. He is also a former member of the adjunct faculty at Dartmouth Medical School. 

Community Involvement

  • Crotched Mountain Foundation, Greenfield, NH, Member and Former Chair, Board of Directors
  • Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation, Inc., Avon, CT, Board Member and Treasurer
  • Bedford School Board, Bedford, NH, Former Board Member and Chair
  • Manchester Food Cooperative, Special Counsel

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        Services & Industries

        Banking & Commercial Finance

        Business Finance

        Healthcare - Devine Health


        Municipal Bonds & Public Finance


        Bar Admissions

        New Hampshire


        Cornell Law School, JD, honors, 1977 

        Notes Editor, Cornell International Law Journal

        Trinity College, BA, 1973 honors, Phi Beta Kappa

        Awards & Affiliations

        David Barnes Super Lawyers

        David Barnes was selected to the 2016 New England Super Lawyers list.

        Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 in the fields of Healthcare Law, Project Finance Law, and Public Finance Law.

        Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016 in the fields of Healthcare Law, Project Finance Law, and Public Finance Law.

        Ranked in Chambers USA as one of America's leading attorneys, Corporate/Commercial Law-Finance, 2009 - 2015

        Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®, Health Care Law and Public Finance Law, 1992-2015

        AV® "Preeminent" Rating, the highest rating by Martindale-Hubbell

        Named "Top Attorney" focused on Healthcare by New Hampshire Magazine

        Recognized as a New England Super Lawyer, Health Care Law, since 2007

        New Hampshire Bar Association

        National Association of Bond Lawyers

        New Hampshire Government Finance Officers Association

        American Association of Hospital Attorneys

        American Society of Law and Medicine

        Association of School Business Officers