dfawcett@reedsmith.com

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Dave is a trial lawyer, with a specialty in pursuing claims against businesses and business owners who have acted unlawfully to improve their lot at the expense of others. He has extensive jury trial experience representing individuals and companies in high profile, high-stakes cases having obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and jury verdicts for his clients.

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed in The National Law Journal’s Top 100 Verdicts (#7) - 2007
  • Listed in The National Law Journal's Top 100 Verdicts (#50) - 2002
  • 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, 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