David J. Bird



  • University of Chicago, 1997, A.B., with honors, "Fundamentals: Issues and Texts" Program; Phi Beta Kappa
  • University of Chicago Law School, 2002, J.D., with honors, Comment Editor, University of Chicago Legal Forum (2002 edition);
    Won First Place in the 2000-01 Hinton Moot Court Competition; earned the Bell, Boyd & Lloyd Award in the First Year Bigelow Moot Court Exercise; and received the Joseph Henry Beale Prize for excellence in legal research and writing

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Pennsylvania

David has specialized in appellate litigation since joining Reed Smith in 2003. He routinely briefs and argues appeals in federal and state courts and handles dispositive motions at the trial level. Prior to joining the firm, he clerked for the Honorable E. Grady Jolly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Appellate Experience

David's experience in the U.S. Supreme Court includes the preparation of certiorari petitions, oppositions to certiorari petitions, and amicus briefs filed at the petition stage and on the merits.  He also has handled cases in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Eighth, Ninth, and D.C. Circuits, the California Supreme Court, the California Courts of Appeal, the Ohio Supreme Court and Ohio Court of Appeals, and the Pennsylvania Appellate Courts. 

Substantive Experience

David's experience covers a wide range of substantive areas, including constitutional law, federal jurisdiction, federal preemption of state law, judicial review of administrative actions, class actions, federal arbitration, securities, the regulation of mutual funds, shareholder disputes, fiduciary duties, media law, Medicare and Medicaid law, federal labor law, and telecommunications law.

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 Lawers as a "Pennsylvania Rising Star" (2010-2013)
  • Selected byThe Legal Intelligencer as a 2012 "Lawyer on the Fast Track"

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