David is a mechanical engineer and former assistant district attorney who has successfully litigated complex matters before federal and state trial and appellate courts. He has tried numerous matters to jury verdict and has broad experience at all stages of litigation. He represents high-profile clients in matters of national and international scope.

David’s practice has included litigation related to: allegations of design, manufacture and installation defects; performance specifications and warranty issues; construction disputes; project management; delay and disruption claims; product functionality and safety;  and other engineering matters. David also handles complex commercial contract and UCC disputes, including supply chain and logistics issues, especially when it is helpful to understand the technical characteristics of the project, services, or products.  David has a diverse appeals practice and served as a clerk with the Seventh Circuit for two years.

David has managed the development and presentation of crucial expert testimony related to structural, electrical and mechanical engineering, construction methods, metallurgy, chemistry, project management, damages and forensic accounting. He is a member of the Engineering Society of Western Pennsylvania. As an undergraduate researcher, he contributed new findings to the field of fluid mechanics.

David is the secretary and outside general counsel for the humanitarian agency MI Americas, advising the organization on their emergency relief and long-term development programs throughout the Americas and the Caribbean. He serves on the Board of Pittsburgh Opera and taught for many years as an adjunct professor of appellate practice at Duquesne Law. Among his pro bono contributions, David has helped to save an asylum claimant from deportation, successfully pursued civil rights claims, mediated prisoner disputes, supported veterans with diverse legal needs, observed demonstrations in defense of the First Amendment and helped with legal issues surrounding artistic exhibitions.


  • George Washington University Law School  (J.D., with honors, 2006)
    • George Washington Scholar; International Law Review; Chair, Moot Court
  • University of Notre Dame  (B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 2003)

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Professional Associations

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Local Rules Advisory Committee

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America®
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Edition


  • MI Americas, Secretary and Outside General Counsel
  • Pittsburgh Opera, Board of Directors, 2017-present
  • Duquesne Law School, Adjunct Professor of Appellate Practice and Procedure, 2012-2022
  • Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania Member, 2018-present
  • Notre Dame Club of Pittsburgh, Member