David L. Scher

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in New York, NY

Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP
 | 1 Penn Plaza, Suite 5315
New York, NY 10119
Phone: 212-736-5300
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2017
Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2015
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Construction Litigation: Consumer (40%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (10%)
Attorney Profile

David Scher is a Partner at Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP, one of the premier personal injury law firms in New York. He focuses his practice on representing accident victims, particularly those seriously injured on construction sites and in car accidents.  He also represents employees who have been underpaid or discriminated against in the workplace.

Mr. Scher has obtained dozens of multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts for personal injury plaintiffs. In the year 2016, he was involved in 3 of the top 5 biggest personal injury settlement in all of New York State, according to a publication in the New York Law Journal.  Some of his most recent cases include a $9.975 Million settlement for woman who suffered a traumatic amputation of her leg after being struck by a car and an $8.8 Million settlement for a pedestrian struck by a van who suffered a brain injury.

Mr. Scher received his Juris Doctor from Fordham University Law School. Prior to law school, he received his bachelor's degree from Tufts University. Before joining Block O'Toole & Murphy in 2003, he worked for the New York State Attorney General's Office, volunteered at a civil rights legal aid clinic and clerked for New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich. Mr. Scher was named a partner at Block O'Toole & Murphy in 2012.  He also handles all of the firm's appeals.

Mr. Scher's success has not gone unnoticed. Among other distinctions, he is a member of the "Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum", and has been named a "Top 100 Trial Lawyer" and "Super Lawyer".  Mr. Scher also lectures other attorneys and authors articles about construction accident litigation that are frequently published in the New York Law Journal. He has been quoted in the New York Times and New York Post in connection with articles about construction injuries.

Mr. Scher is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. He is also an avid supporter of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, for which he and his wife Julie co-sponsor one of their major annual events in NYC.

 
Practice Areas

Personal Injury - General (50%)
Construction Litigation (40%)
Employment & Labor (10%)

Personal Injury - General (50%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Construction Litigation (40%): Construction Defects

Employment & Labor (10%): Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - General: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Construction Litigation: Construction Defects

Employment & Labor: Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 2 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2017 Rising Stars: 2013 - 2015

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About David Scher

Admitted: 2004, New York

Professional Webpage: http://www.blockotoole.com/attorney.asp?key=138

Honors and Awards:

  • Award extended to a limited number of lawyers under the age of 40 who demonstrate superior leadership skills, and who exert passion and personal conviction as a young trial attorney., Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers, 2012
  • Member, Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • New York, 2004
  • New York County Lawyers&' Association
  • Labor Law Committee, New York State Trial Lawyers' Association
  • New York State Trial Lawyers' Association
  • New York State Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Mr. Scher volunteered for a Civil Rights Legal Aid Clinic that provided pro bono legal services to underpaid workers.

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Authored amicus curiae brief on behalf of over 5,000 trial lawyers for Court of Appeals case involving the scope of New York Labor Law Section 240(1)., Author, Amicus Curiae Brief to New York Court of Appeals, Ortiz v. Varsity Holdings, LLC, 2011
  • Court of Appeals Refuses to Limit Scope of Labor Law Section 240(1), New York Law Journal, January 20, 2012
  • Labor Law Symposium, Bill of Particulars, Winter 2010
  • Can Injured, Undocumented Construction Workers Recover Lost Wages?, New York Law Journal, February 22, 2010
  • Still Debating What 'Falls' Within Labor Law Section 240(1), New York Law Journal, November 1, 2010
  • A Look Back At Runner v. New York Stock Exchange: What Did It Mean For Labor Law Section 240, Bill of Particulars, Fall 2010
  • Recent Section 240(1) Decisions Offer Guidance, New York Law Journal, November 14, 2011

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • $1,050,000 Settlement for a Queens woman injured after a collision with a truck
  • $1,300,000 Settlement for a Brooklyn bicyclist who injured his neck and back after being struck by a turning van
  • $2,000,000 Settlement for a dietary aide injured in an elevator accident
  • $1,000,000 Settlement following a Jury Verdict in the Bronx for a 14 year-old who had arthroscopic knee surgery after an accident. 
  • $1,000,000 Settlement for a Suffolk County female who underwent a neck surgery after a motor vehicle accident.
  • $1,175,000 Settlement on the eve of trial for a woman with long standing and preexisting cervical herniations. The victim was struck by unsafely stacked products in a large supermarket.
  • $1,200,000 for a 50 year old woman who aggravated a prior neck injury in a motor vehicle collision.
  • $1,200,000 for a 54 year old female in Nassau County who exacerbated prior neck and back injuries requiring surgery.
  • $1,250,000 Settlement for a Suffolk County electrician who fell from a ladder and injured his spine.
  • $1,250,000 Settlement for a Queens man who was involved in a motor vehicle accident and underwent a neck surgery.
  • $1,325,000 Settlement just before trial for a carpenter at a construction project who fell from a ladder that he had placed on top of a rolling scaffold, sustaining lower back and knee injuries.
  • $1,350,000 Settlement on the eve of trial for a construction laborer who fell off a roof, fracturing his arm and a bone in his pelvis. The trial was venued in Rockland County.
  • $1,350,000 Settlement for a Construction Laborer who had two tips of his fingers on his dominant hand amputated in a construction site accident.
  • $1,490,000 Settlement for a Brooklyn construction worker who suffered neck and back injuries in a collision with a bus.
  • $1,500,000 Settlement for a Bronx tenant who tripped on stairs in his apartment building, injuring his neck and back.
  • $1,500,000 Settlement in a case against The City for a 57 Year-Old woman who suffered back and leg injuries after being knocked down by an unmarked police car while crossing the street.
  • $1,675,000 Settlement for a 55 year old Brooklyn tailor who was rear-ended and underwent a back surgery.
  • $1,750,000 Settlement for a Suffolk County woman who sustained a back injury in an accident with a bus.
  • $2,056,656 Verdict for a Brooklyn public high school teacher struck by a City bus.
  • $2,250,000 Settlement for a 60 year old window washer who fell from a Manhattan building and suffered left arm and hip fractures.
  • $2,500,000 Settlement for a Brooklyn pedestrian who was struck by a truck and suffered hip and leg fractures.
  • $2,750,000 Settlement for a 57 Year-Old female pedestrian who sustained a neck injury after being struck by a van.
  • $3,075,000 Settlement for a union plumber from Queens who was struck by falling gravel on a construction site.
  • $5,500,000 Settlement for an electrician who sustained a traumatic brain injury after falling from an extension ladder.

Educational Background:

  • Tufts University, B.A., 2000
Office Location for David L. Scher

1 Penn Plaza
Suite 5315
New York, NY 10119

Phone: 212-736-5300

 

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