Overview

Dave practices principally in the area of commercial litigation, focusing on intellectual property and trade secret issues. A considerable amount of his practice has involved foreign clients. Dave has obtained favorable decisions on important intellectual property and contract issues in the First, Sixth and Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

Early in his career, Dave wrote a law review article that the United States Supreme Court quoted in New York v. Ferber, 458 U.S. 747, 1982. In addition, he has taught as an adjunct clinical professor at Wake Forest University School of Law and served as an advisor at Harvard Law School in the Trial Practice Program. Throughout his career, Dave has regularly provided instruction on evidence and civil procedure, and has taught individual classes on patent litigation, commercial disputes, and trial practice at The Ohio State University’s Moritz School of Law, and has also been a guest lecturer on commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolutions at the University of Oklahoma Law School and at Oxford University. Dave is a regular contributor to the Technology Law Source blog on topics related to copyright law. He also serves as the firm’s pro bono coordinator.

Education

  • Wake Forest University School of Law  (J.D., 1979)
  • Weston School of Theology  (1989)
  • Harvard Law School  (1989)
  • Wake Forest University  (B.A., 1974)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • North Carolina
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Professional Associations

  • Columbus Federal Bar Association, Past President
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers®, Columbus, Ohio Litigation - Patent Law "Lawyer of the Year," 2018
  • Who's Who in the World
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Intellectual Property; Litigation - Patent

Community

  • CHOICES, Board of Directors
  • Ohio Military/Veterans Legal Assistance Project, Board of Directors, Charter Member 
  • Wake Forest University, Board of Visitors
  • Action for Children, Board of Directors