Dave is a partner in the firm's Commercial Litigation Group with extensive trial experience representing individuals and companies. Dave has prosecuted and defended many high profile cases. As plaintiffs’ counsel, 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 work in a series of high-profile trials 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, was heard by the Supreme Court and resulted in a landmark decision creating a constitutional right to recuse a judge in circumstances where the judge benefitted from a litigant's exceptionally high campaign contributions.
He also has handled scores of cases involving patents, copyrights, 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 is a frequent lecturer on trial tactics, courtroom strategy and witness examinations. He serves as a counselor to various businesses and has represented management and shareholders in business disputes.