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"As an advocate, I use my 35 years of litigation and trial experience to effectively and efficiently provide clients with the best possible results."



David is an experienced trial lawyer who focuses on defending injury and property-damage claims, with an emphasis on fire-loss litigation, construction-site liability, toxic-tort litigation, and claims arising out of the transmission and distribution of electric power. He also focuses on defending professional-liability actions and environmental matters, including citizen suits, petroleum-discharge claims, and enforcement litigation brought by federal and state authorities for contamination resulting from the disposal of hazardous waste. David has successfully tried a variety of cases to verdict in both federal and state courts, and he is experienced in every phase of the civil litigation process, including mediation and appeals.

David’s clients have included multinational, publicly traded manufacturing companies, large underwriters of commercial and specialty lines of insurance, municipalities, common carriers, construction companies and contractors, legal professionals, an international petrochemical manufacturer, and a statewide electric-utility company.

Bar Associations

  • Bar Association of Erie County, Environmental Law Committee Member
  • New York State Bar Association, Environmental Law, Commercial Litigation, and Federal Litigation Sections

Representative Experience

  • Represented a global manufacturer of digital-drive power and motion-control systems in fire-loss litigation.
  • Represents a statewide utility in the defense of an action for severe electrical-contact injuries.
  • Represents insureds in the defense of personal-injury and property-damage actions arising out of premises-liability and toxic-exposure claims.
  • Represents an attorney in the defense of professional-liability action.
  • Represents an environmental-cleanup contractor in a personal-injury matter resulting from a chemical explosion.
  • Represented a major WNY construction company in personal-injury litigation arising out of the construction of the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls, New York.

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Of Counsel

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Lorman Education Services, “Defense of Legal Malpractice Actions” CLE
  • HMS, “Law of Engineering Malpractice” CLE
  • HMS, “New York Environmental Compliance for Design Professionals” CLE
  • Lorman Education Services, “Taking and Defending Depositions”

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