The purchase or sale of a dental practice involves both obvious and not so obvious issues.  With an attorney at your side who is familiar with the transaction process and who has experience litigating agreements in court, a dentist can be assured that he will be well-advised as to negotiated terms and protected as best as possible from possible litigation on both common and unique issues. 

Many of the common terms in a dental practice sale agreement are predictable.  Other terms are a source of anxiety.  What is a typical agreement regarding the selling dentist's right to practice in the same community in the future?  Will the selling dentist be responsible to answer the buying dentist's questions after the practice is sold?  How will the patients and employees be advised of the transition?  What responsibilities will both the buyer and the seller have to the existing employees?  An experienced attorney will be not only be knowledgeable and experienced as to customary arrangements on these issues, the attorney will have the background to author creative arrangements that meet the needs of the client and are ultimately accepted by the other party to the agreement.  Beyond the purchase terms, an experienced attorney will be able to assist with landlord/lease issues, business entity issues, employee issues, and other legal issues affecting a professional business.

Mr. Barnier has been retained by both large financial institutions and business brokers to speak to dental professionals regarding the process of buying or selling a dental practice.  He has been retained by dentists and other professionals to litigate practice purchases handled by other attorneys that went awry.  

Selected presentations:

  • Lendeavor and Ken Rubin Practice Sales Present: The Practice Purchase Dinner.  January 22, 2020, San Diego, California.
  • Ken Rubin Practice Sales and Bank of America Present: Preparing to Buy a Dental Practice.  April 28, 2016, Carlsbad, California.
  • Burkhart Dental and The San Diego County Dental Society Present: Negotiating the Purchase and Transition of Your Practice.  August 26, 2015, San Diego, California.
  • Bank of America Presents: Buying a Dental Practice:  The Legal Terms.  July 10, 2014, Del Mar, California.

"Your help and understanding in this transition were excellent!  You have the experience and knowledge to make it all fit to place."

--W.B., San Diego, California

"I can't say enough good things about my experience with Dave Barnier.  He worked diligently on my behalf and was available day and night for questions and advice.  His expertise and calming influence was invaluable during the otherwise stressful sale of my dental practice.  I am so thankful that he was my attorney and I strongly recommend him without any reservations."

​--S.J., Rancho Santa Fe, California 

"Words cannot express how satisfied I am with Dave Barnier representing me during the sale of my dental practice.  His professional knowledge of the transition process and attention to detail rank him the best lawyer I have had the pleasure to work with.  His expertise, honesty, and dedication to his profession is highly appreciated by me.  I cannot say enough about what a great job Dave has done for me and I am forever grateful for his patience and guidance.  I highly recommend him for anyone contemplating selling their dental practice.  Thank you!"

--T.F., Oceanside, California

" I appreciate your help and expertise with this transition. I will definitely refer people and use you in the future."   

--K.K., San Diego, California

"David Barnier was exactly the right lawyer to execute the sale of my dental practice. He assisted me in so many ways to push the transaction to completion. His unusual zeal and enthusiasm to guide and counsel, sound judgment in negotiations, and his knowledge of process made the event much less stressful and far more pleasant. He was available to consult at any time, and those odd times do occur. I give him my highest recommendation. Thanks so much, David."

--A.P., La Mesa, California

"I want to thank you for all the effort put forth to accomplish this sales transaction. The amount of email communication in my mind was incredible, and you have other clients. Although it seemed to me that I was your only concern."

--C.B., San Diego, California

"(We) have been so impressed with your work ethic during our practice sale.  Thanks again for all your hard work."

--S.J. and A.J. San Diego, California

"Dear Dave: A huge "thank you" for the part you played as my attorney in the recent sale of my dental practice. You were professional, proactive, persistent, patient, pleasant, and psychologically supportive during all the ups and downs of the process. Your availability to confer at any time of the night or day, whether on vacation, at the beach or wherever was second to none. I especially appreciated your desire to "get it done" and not to drag out the process in any way. You are the best!"

--J.H., Escondido, California

"Mr. Barnier handled every aspect of my practice sale and transition with the utmost professionalism and confidence. He has an easy going style while staying on top of every detail. Communication with him was a breeze and he was readily available when I needed him. He had a way of putting me at ease while going through a stressful process. I can recommend David for your practice transition without reservation.  Thanks David."

--M.T., San Diego, California

"David Barnier represented me in the sale of my dental practice.  During the negotiation process, David handled all issues in a timely and informative manner.  He was quick to identify and respond to any potential problems.  I would strongly recommend David Barnier to anyone who is looking for a well qualified, caring attorney who will go the extra mile in the representation of his clients."

--D.L., San Diego, California

 "David Barnier represented me in the sale of my dental practice. Due to an unusual set of circumstances, I was out of the country when my buyer made a time sensitive offer. David stepped in and moved the process rapidly to a close.  He provided me with peace and confidence that I was being protected.  He is very knowledgeable, responded quickly to my questions and concerns and made himself available; I could not have chosen a better attorney."  

-C.M.W., Rancho Santa Fe, California  

"I hired David to sell my dental practice and to represent me on lease negotiations with the buyer, who is now renting the space from me after the sale.  David was more than always available, responded very promptly, communicated with us during evenings and weekends, made my wife and I feel comfortable when some hurdles came up. We had several moderately hard points to negotiate and his guidance in the end gave us a better deal.  He understood and carefully explained issues that came up during the sale. Overall when everything came together you could see how he had made the process relatively easy.  Thanks, David." 

​--R.B., La Mesa, California