David Richman is a trial and appellate lawyer who focuses his practice on health care fraud, environmental disputes, and medical device, toxic tort and automobile product liability litigation. He also advises clients in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries on product liability, product recall and sale of goods disputes.
A former assistant district attorney, David also represents corporate and individual clients in criminal matters, including grand jury investigations, and on insurance coverage issues.
He has tried numerous commercial and products liability actions, jury and non-jury, and has argued scores of appeals in civil and criminal cases in state and federal courts. His civil trial experience includes many commercial and personal injury actions.
David has taught trial advocacy at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and served as a mediator and arbitrator for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He is an adjunct professor of law at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, where he has taught Advanced Civil Procedure and Remedies, and he has lectured and published on topics in the fields of environmental law, professional responsibility and evidence.
From 1982 to 2000, David served as court-appointed counsel to the inmates of the Philadelphia Prison System in a federal class action. For 14 of those years, he negotiated, enforced and participated in the implementation of consent decrees requiring improvements in conditions of confinement. Martin Harris v. City of Philadelphia is the subject of eight opinions of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
David joined the firm in 1974, following five years as an assistant district attorney for the City of Philadelphia, the last as chief of the appeals division, and a brief stint as counsel to an ad hoc committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives investigating corruption in government contracting.