David E. Weiss

David E. Weiss



  • University of San Francisco School of Law, 1990, J.D., cum laude, McAuliffe Honor Society, Law Review Staff Member
  • University of California, Berkeley, 1987, B.A.

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • California

David is the Managing Partner of Reed Smith’s San Francisco office and a partner in Reed Smith's Litigation Insurance Recovery Group and a member of the firm’s Global Leadership Team.

David has been representing corporate policyholders in complex insurance coverage disputes since 1990. He has represented clients in a wide variety of insurance matters, from high stakes litigation to providing advice to policyholders with respect to the presentation of claims and the negotiation of settlements, including alternative dispute resolution. David also assists clients in their procurement of insurance, including the drafting and negotiation of policy language, the review and analysis of insurance policy forms and has assisted corporate clients in providing training to their personnel regarding various insurance issues. David also assists clients in analyzing insurance issues relating to mergers, acquisitions and other corporate transactions. In addition to traditional litigation matters in court, David’s litigation expertise includes arbitrations and other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

David has represented policyholder clients over the years in a wide variety of disputes under all types of insurance policies, including Directors & Officers Liability Insurance, Errors & Omissions Liability Insurance; Commercial General Liability Insurance; Crime Insurance; First Party Property Insurance; Business Interruption Insurance; Fidelity Insurance; Employment Practices Liability Insurance and Fiduciary Liability Insurance.

David represents clients in mortgage insurance litigation, claims and other coverage issues regarding securities violations; products liability; first party property damage and business interruption; cyberliability and data breach; breach of fiduciary duties; interference with contract and prospective economic advantage; environmental liabilities; employee theft; computer crime; mortgage fraud; and wrongful termination, among other things.

Employment History

  • 2007 - Reed Smith
    • Office Managing Partner - San Francisco 
  • 2003 - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP
  • 1990 - Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers ™ - 2013 - Present
  • Listed, Super Lawyers of Northern California, 2010 - Present

Notable Quotes

  • “Law Firm Leaders See Jumps, Bumps in 2015,” quoted in The Recorder, December 24, 2014.