David J. Bird

David J. Bird



  • University of Chicago Law School, 2002, J.D., with honors,

    Comment Editor, University of Chicago Legal Forum
    Winner, Hinton Moot Court Competition
    Bell, Boyd & Lloyd Award, first-year moot court exercise
    Joseph Henry Beale Prize, excellece in first-year legal research and writing


  • University of Chicago, 1997, A.B., with honors, "Fundamentals: Issues and Texts" Program; Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Pennsylvania

David is a partner in the Appellate Group and has more than 12 years of experience leading appeals, handling important trial proceedings, and devising strategies for complex cases. He has been recognized as a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” in 2012 by The Legal Intelligencer and a “Pennsylvania Rising Star” by Super Lawyers 2010-2013.

Outstanding Oral Advocate. David has argued cases in Third, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, and D.C. Circuits and second-chaired U.S. Supreme Court arguments. His oral arguments have been quoted in judicial opinions and the press.

Superb Legal Analyst, Writer & Editor. David has authored many legal briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and federal and state courts throughout the country and writes frequently for legal and business publications. He has special expertise editing briefs, memoranda, and reports drafted by others and has taught legal writing and editing.

Creative & Pragmatic Counselor. Clients rely on David to advise them before and throughout all phases of litigation. David represents businesses in many industries, including healthcare, life sciences, manufacturing, financial services, energy, insurance, transportation, media, and real estate. His experience includes class actions, multi-district litigation, federal preemption, civil procedure, administrative law, antitrust, data privacy, product liability, toxic torts, commercial disputes, and labor and employment.

Team Leader. David routinely manages and collaborates with teams of professionals, including from other law firms. Clients and colleagues have praised David for setting efficient budgets, communicating priorities clearly, listening carefully, providing helpful feedback, and producing excellent work on short deadlines and tight budgets.

David served as law clerk to the Hon. E. Grady Jolly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Law School.

Employment History

  • 2003 - Reed Smith
  • 2002 - Cravath Swaine & Moore
    • Summer Associate
  • 2001 - Sidley Austin Brown & Wood
    • Summer Associate
  • 2000 - Gardner, Carton & Douglas
    • Summer Associate
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Appellate Section of the Antitrust Division 
    • Paralegal Specialist
    • Assisted the Solicitor General, the Assistant Attorney General, and staff attorneys in appellate litigation in the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Courts of Appeals. His litigation experience included cases such as AT&T Corp. v. Iowa Utilities Board, 525 U.S. 366 (1999), SBC Communications, Inc. v. FCC, 154 F.3d 226 (5th Cir. 1998), and interlocutory appellate litigation related to United States v. Microsoft.


  • Honorable E. Grady Jolly, U.S. Court of Appeals - Fifth Circuit

Honors & Awards

  • Selected by Super Lawyers as a "Pennsylvania Rising Star" (2010-2014)
  • Selected by The Legal Intelligencer as a 2012 "Lawyer on the Fast Track"

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