New Jersey (Retired)
Dual B.A., Philosophy and Psychology, Villanova University
J.D., Villanova University School of Law
LL.M., Dispute Resolution, Straus Institute of Pepperdine University School of Law
David is an Of Counsel member of the Firm and had a distinguished legal career spanning two decades as a civil litigator representing clients ranging from individuals to Fortune 100 companies in the state and federal trial and appellate courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He also provided services as general counsel to business clients, addressing legal issues that arise in the course of business while emphasizing the preservation of economic resources through litigation avoidance. David was nominated in 2012 as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, co-founded the LCA’s American Academy of Alternative Dispute Resolution, and is a former Chair of the organization.
Since 2008, David has devoted much of his career to the practice, teaching, and promotion of ADR. From 2011-2015, David co-founded and served as the Director of the Conflict Transformation Institute of CoralBridge Partners, LLC, where he provided mediation and conflict-related training and consulting services to organizations and law firms nationwide. After having served the local community as Judge Pro-Tem handling civil matters in the Clark County Justice Court since 2011, David accepted a full-time judicial appointment to the Traffic Division where he served from 2015-2019.
Drawing from his extensive legal and business consulting experience, David is a skilled mediator able to employ facilitative, evaluative, and transformative techniques to litigated and non-litigated commercial, business, employment, and serious/catastrophic personal injury matters. In addition to mediation, David provides a number of other conflict-related services, including group meeting facilitation, private arbitration, neutral case evaluation, conflict coaching, and organizational conflict management/litigation prevention systems design. David has also been retained to facilitate high-conflict group meetings in corporations, law firms, and small businesses, including strategic and succession planning, contractual issues, and potential dissolutions.
David also offers various customized training services tailored to the needs of organizations, corporations, attorneys, and working professionals, including conflict management and de-escalation, conflict competent leadership skills, negotiation, mediation skills for working professionals, dealing with high-conflict personalities, basic and advanced mediation, mediation advocacy, decision-making skills, mindfulness for working professionals, and soft skills for attorneys. Since 2013, David has been an adjunct professor of law at both the Saltman Center for Dispute Resolution in UNLV’s William S. Boyd School of Law, and the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution in the Pepperdine University School of Law, where he teaches negotiation, mediation, mediation advocacy, and conflict management systems design.
David is a 1986 graduate of Villanova University with dual B.A. degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, and earned a J.D. degree from the Villanova University School of Law in 1991. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Law (LL.M.) in Dispute Resolution with a concentration in Mediation, together with Certificates in Dynamic Group Facilitation, Conflict Management Systems Design, Mindfulness in Legal Practice, Settlement Decision Making, and Advanced Mediation Skills from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution of the Pepperdine University School of Law.
David loves to spend time with his family. He is an avid swimmer, and also enjoys teaching, writing, and building model cars, airplanes, and rockets. He never read a Clive Cussler or Michael Creighton book that he didn’t like. As a Philadelphia area native, David is an avid Eagles, Phillies, Flyers, and 76ers fan, though he also supports the Golden Knights and the San Diego Padres.