dfawcett@reedsmith.com

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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.

Awards & Recognition

  • 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

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

Credentials

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

  • Pennsylvania

  • 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

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