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J.D., Yale Law School

B.A., Cornell University

Law Journals

Executive Editor, The Yale Law Journal


Law Clerk for the Honorable A. Raymond Randolph, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (1992-1993)

Bar and Court Admissions

District of Columbia Bar

Maryland Bar

David represents professional liability and general liability insurers in coverage matters before state and federal courts across the country. Chambers USA regularly rates David in its top-tier of Washington, DC insurance attorneys, calling him a “great strategist and negotiator,” noting he is a “very practical lawyer, who focuses on getting a good result” (2016) and is “very easy to work with, very responsive and experienced, and knowledgeable of the topic and people” (2017).

Representative Experience

  • Serves as coverage and monitoring counsel in connection with a variety of professional liability policies, including directors and officers liability, banking, mutual fund, investment adviser, and fidelity bond policies.
  • Represents insurers' interests in connection with resolution of complex securities claims through litigation and alternative dispute resolution procedures.
  • Counsel insurers on coverage issues and handling general liability claims.
  • Represents and advises insurers with respect to coverage issues arising from policyholder bankruptcy and claims asserted on behalf of bankrupt estates.

Professional Experience

  • Management Consultant, McKinsey & Company (2001-2002). Provided strategic counsel to major corporations
  • Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Enforcement Section (1997-2001)
    • Successfully litigated cases under CERCLA, the Clear Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and other environmental laws


  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)


  • Listed by Chambers USA as one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in Insurance (2007-2019)
  • Named one of DC's "Super Lawyers" for Insurance Coverage by Super Lawyers magazine (2011-2018)
  • Named by The Legal 500 US a "recommended lawyer" in Insurance Law (2018-2019)
  • U.S. Department of Justice Attorney General's Award (1999)

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