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David McNamee is an Associate at Sanford Heisler Sharp.

At Sanford Heisler Sharp, David’s practice has focused on financial services litigation and employment discrimination.

David received his law degree from Yale Law School, his doctorate from Princeton University, and his undergraduate degree from Brown University. While at Yale Law School, he served as an Essays editor at the Yale Law Journal. His dissertation at Princeton explored citizens’ roles in interpreting the Constitution. While at Brown, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, and he received the Philo Sherman Bennett and Radcliffe Hickes prizes.

A member of the Tennessee and New York bars, David has authored/co-authored articles that appear in the Texas Law Review, Massachusetts Law Review, and Indiana Law Review. He has presented at conferences on topics that include constitutional issues. David is also a member of the American Bar Association and the Tennessee Bar Association.

Before joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, David completed a clerkship for Justice Sharon G. Lee of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

When David is not lawyering, David enjoys reading, puzzling the New York Times crossword, and spending time in the great outdoors.


  • J.D., Yale Law School, 2013
  • Ph.D. (Politics), Princeton University, 2020
  • A.B., Brown University, 2007

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2017
  • Tennessee, 2020


  • Fundamental Law, Fundamental Rights, and Constitutional Time (accepted at Indiana Law Review)
  • Black Lives Matter” as a Claim of Fundamental Law, 14 U. Mass. L. Rev. 2 (2019)
  • Sovereign and State: A Democratic Theory of Sovereign Immunity, 93 Texas L. Rev. 1229 (2015) (with Corey Brettschneider)

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