David B. Fawcett

David B. Fawcett



  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1985, J.D., Member, Law Review
  • Carnegie Mellon University, 1980, B.A., English and Economics

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • State Supreme Court - Pennsylvania
  • State Superior Court - Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit

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.

Employment History

  • 2010 - Reed Smith
  • 1985 - Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Honors & Awards

  • Listed in The National Law Journal’s 2007 Top 100 Verdicts (#7), also listed in the 2002 Top 100 Verdicts (#50)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1999 and currently included in the categories of Commercial Litigation and Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Listed in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers Business Edition in the area of Business Litigation
  • Local Elected Official of the Year, Allegheny County Library Association, 2006

Professional Affiliations

  • American College of Trial Lawyers - Fellow
  • Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County
  • Mediator, U.S. District Court (W.D. Pa.) Panel of Mediators

Civic & Charitable Affiliations

  • Riverlife Task Force – Inaugural Member
  • Steel City Rowing – Director
  • Allegheny County Board of Elections – Former Chair (2000-2004)
  • Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh – Former Trustee (2000-2007)
  • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Former Trustee (2000-2007)
  • Allegheny County Council – Elected at-large member (2000-2007): Elected and served as an inaugural member of the Allegheny County Council – a new legislative body created in 2000 – and helped to create the Council’s initial rules of governance, code of ethics and committee structure. As a two-term, At-Large Member of the Council, spearheaded row office reform; chaired the Council’s Economic Development Committee and the Board of Elections; ferreted out numerous instances of election fraud; oversaw the conversion from mechanical to electronic voting machines; sought consolidation of City and County IT resources; sponsored numerous bills which successfully resulted in progressive land use and environmental legislation; fought TIFs (tax breaks) for big box retail stores; held the line on property taxes for 8 years; and championed the economic development initiative of a Countywide Riverfront Park