David J. Bird

David is a partner in the Appellate Group and has more than 12 years of experience leading appeals, handling important trial proceedings, and devising strategies for complex cases. He has been recognized as a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” in 2012 by The Legal Intelligencer and a “Pennsylvania Rising Star” by Super Lawyers 2010-2013.

Outstanding Oral Advocate. David has argued cases in Third, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, and D.C. Circuits and second-chaired U.S. Supreme Court arguments. His oral arguments have been quoted in judicial opinions and the press.

Superb Legal Analyst, Writer & Editor. David has authored many legal briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and federal and state courts throughout the country and writes frequently for legal and business publications. He has special expertise editing briefs, memoranda, and reports drafted by others and has taught legal writing and editing.

Creative & Pragmatic Counselor. Clients rely on David to advise them before and throughout all phases of litigation. David represents businesses in many industries, including healthcare, life sciences, manufacturing, financial services, energy, insurance, transportation, media, and real estate. His experience includes class actions, multi-district litigation, federal preemption, civil procedure, administrative law, antitrust, data privacy, product liability, toxic torts, commercial disputes, and labor and employment.

Team Leader. David routinely manages and collaborates with teams of professionals, including from other law firms. Clients and colleagues have praised David for setting efficient budgets, communicating priorities clearly, listening carefully, providing helpful feedback, and producing excellent work on short deadlines and tight budgets.

David served as law clerk to the Hon. E. Grady Jolly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Law School.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Appellate, 2) Third Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate and 3) Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
Law School University of Chicago Law School, 2002, J.D.,
Admitted Year 1998
Education University of Chicago, 1997, A.B.
Bar Member / Association Pennsylvania State Bar Association
Most recent firm Reed Smith LLP
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