Dave is a partner in the firm's Commercial Litigation Group who tries cases. He has extensive jury trial experience representing individuals and companies in high profile, high-stakes cases, with many multi-million dollar jury verdicts.
Dave has obtained and collected large compensatory and punitive damage awards - some ranking among the top verdicts in the country - and is a founding member of Reed Smith's RiskShare Initiative, handling commercial disputes, where appropriate, on a contingent fee or alternative fee basis.
Dave's practice is diverse, ranging from all types of complex commercial disputes, including tortious interference, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty cases, shareholder disputes, supply agreement disputes, attorney and accountant malpractice cases, and every type of contract dispute.
Dave has handled scores of cases involving trade secrets and restrictive covenants, including protecting companies' confidential and trade secret information by obtaining injunctions to prevent former employees' and competitors' misuse of that information.
Dave’s work in a series of commercial cases was profiled in a book released in 2013, The Price of Justice, written by a New York Times best-selling author. One of Dave’s cases, Caperton v. A.T. Massey, went to the United States Supreme Court (556 U.S. 868 (2009) and resulted in a landmark decision creating a constitutional right to recuse a judge in certain circumstances where the judge benefitted from a litigant's campaign contributions.
Dave is a frequent lecturer on trial tactics, courtroom strategy, and witness examinations. He also regularly renders pro bono legal services.