David L. Kwass

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Top Rated Products Liability Attorney in Philadelphia, PA

Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky, P.C.
 | 1650 Market Street, 52nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-575-2978
Fax: 215-496-0999
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

A partner at The Law Firm of Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky PC, David L. Kwass focuses his practice exclusively on plaintiff's personal injury and wrongful death litigation. He has been able to obtain numerous settlements and jury awards on behalf of his clients in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Kwass has been part of trial teams that have collectively received more than 100 settlements and jury awards in excess of $1 million. In 2017, Mr. Kwass secured a jury verdict of over $8,500,000 for a truck driver who was severely injured while delivering a transformer to a job site. In 2016, Mr. Kwass was part of the team that procured a $26.55 million settlement in a negligent truck maintenance case that involved a rollover that left the plaintiff a quadriplegic. He also obtained a $13.9 million settlement for a technician who suffered serious burn injuries when a high-voltage circuit breaker shorted out, resulting in an explosion. These and other successful outcomes have led to his receipt of an "Excellent" peer review rating through Avvo.

An honors graduate of Haverford College, Mr. Kwass received a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1987. After earning a Master of Arts in English from Georgetown University, he enrolled at the University of Virginia School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1990. Mr. Kwass also holds an LL.M. in trial advocacy from the Temple University Beasley School of Law, and he is an adjunct professor with the trial advocacy program there.

Mr. Kwass has written numerous articles for legal journals, including several on trial techniques for Trial, the flagship publication of the American Association for Justice. The chair of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania's Civil Procedural Rules Committee, he is a co-chair of the Crane and Aerial Lift Injury Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice.

 
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Personal Injury - Products (100%)

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Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2019

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About David Kwass

Admitted: 1992, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: http://www.smbb.com/attorneys/david-l-kwass

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Aerial Lift Operator (2009); Crane Operator Training (Overhead) (2011); Qualified Rigger and Qualified Signal Person (2011); Certified Aerial Lift Operator (2016)

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Crane and Aerial Lift Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice, Co-Chairman
  • Pennsylvania Civil Rules Committee, Chairman
  • Products Liability Section, Chairman

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Lower Merion Little League Baseball, Former Commissioner and Coach
  • Strawberry Mansion High School, Philadelphia, Former Mock Trial Coach

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • “Working with Human Factors Experts: A Trial Lawyer’s Perspective,” Human Factors Society,Delaware Valley Chapter, Chi Systems, Inc., Fort Washington, PA (3/9/06)
  • “Looking Out for Boom Lift Defects,” Trial, Vol. 53, No. 11 (November 2017) at p. 40, describes the history of the boom lift operator entrapment hazard and industry efforts to combat it, including training and the development of devices which prevent entrapment accidents., Author, Looking Out for Boom Lift Defects, Trial Magazine, 2017
  • “Unique Aspects of Construction Site Accidents,” Personal Injury Potpourri, Dispute Resolution Institute, Philadelphia, PA (5/12/05)
  • Pen-Del-Jersey Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association, Speaker
  • “The Use of Technology in Presenting Evidence,” Trial Preparation: The 100 Day Countdown, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA (11/7/03)
  • “Proving Your Case With Manufacturer Employee Depositions,” Trial, Vol. 42, No. 2    (February 2006) at p. 56
  • “Law on Seat Belt Defense Continues to Develop,” Andrews Litigation Reporter – Automotive, Vol. 24, Issue 15 (1/25/05)
  • “Pennsylvania Malpractice Law Revisions Include Tort Reform,” Medical Malpractice Law & Strategy, Volume XIV, No. 4, February 1997
  • “Excise Taxes in Bankruptcy:  United States v. Mansfield Tire and Rubber Co.  Holds Congress to Its Word,”  12 Va. Tax Rev. 513 (Winter 1993)
  • Course Planner, Dining Out: Legal Issues for Restaurants and Their Customers, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA (12/8/16)
  • “Technology Trending In and Out of the Courtroom,” Litigation Summit, The Legal Intelligencer, Philadelphia, PA (9/21/16)
  • “Proving Liability of Construction Equipment Rental Companies and Dealers for Workplace Accidents,” Products Liability Summit, American Association for Justice, Los Angeles, CA (7/25/16)
  • “Developments in PA Civil Procedure,” 29th Annual Civil Litigation Update Encore, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA (6/21/16)
  • “Handling the Dram Shop Case,” Personal Injury Potpourri, Dispute Resolution Institute, Philadelphia, PA (4/12/16)
  • Emerging Theories of Liability in Aerial Lift Litigation, AAJ Product Liability Section, Baltimore, PA (7/29/14)
  • Joint and Several Liability, A Year Later, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Mechanicsburg, PA (4/9/13); Philadelphia (4/16/13)
  • Course Planner, Dining Out: Legal Issues for Restaurants and Their Customers, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA (12/18/12)
  • How to Properly Document a Settlement Agreement, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA (12/3/12 and 5/15/12); Mechanicsburg, PA (5/22/12)
  • Pennsylvania’s New Joint and Several Liability Law, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Mechanicsburg, PA (8/25/11); Philadelphia, PA (12/21/11 & 4/13/12)
  • Course Planner, Dining Out: Legal Issues for Restaurants and Their Customers, Pennsylvania Bar Institute,Philadelphia,PA(4/21/11)
  • Entertaining Evidence, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Mechanicsburg, PA (12/9/10).Course Planner, Dining Out: Legal Issues for Restaurants and Their Customers, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA (4/20/10)
  • The Role of OSHA, BOCA and Municipal Ordinances in Proving Premises Liability,” Proving the Premises Liability Case, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, Philadelphia, PA (4/7/10)
  • SEAK National Expert Witness Conference, Speaker
  • Delaware Valley Chapter of the Human Factors Society, Speaker
  • “Building Your Case Against Architects and Engineers,” Trial, Vol. 51 (October 2015) at p. 30
  • “Defective Guardrails on Our Highways,” AAJ Product Liability Section Newsletter (Winter 2015)
  • "Dealing in Dangers," Trial, Vol. 50 (April 2014) at p. 36
  • “Defuse the OSHA Citation,” Trial, Vol. 49, No. 4 (April 2013) at p. 46
  • “Try Opening With A Videotaped Deposition,” Trial, Vol. 43, No. 4 (April 2007) at p. 52
  • “Sovereign Immunity and Governmental in Pennsylvania Automobile Cases,” Auto Law Potpourri, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA (2/11/09)
  • “What Electrical Contractors Must Do To Avoid Construction/Electrical Accidents,” National Electrical Contractors Association, Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter, King of Prussia, PA (7/8/08)
  • “How to Excel at Videotaped Depositions: What Every Expert Needs to Know,” NationalExpert Witness Conference, SEAK, Hyannis, Cape Cod, MA (6/19/08)
  • “Liquor Liability,” Hospitality Law, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA (4/28/08)
  • “The Chemical Products Liability Trial – Winning At Every Stage,” American Bar Association,Section of Litigation, Products Liability Committee, Dupont Country Club, Wilmington, DE  (9/20/07)

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Verdicts: $8,521,000, Pinnock v. Midway Services, et al, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, October 2, 2017; $5,000,000, Johnson v. Wenner Ford, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas (2009). Settlements: $26,500,000, Williams v. ServiceMaster, et al, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas (2016); $17,000,000, Nowak v. Veolia Energy, et al, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas (2015); $16,250,000, Woelkers v. Powell Industries, et al, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas (2013); $13,900,000, Cawthern v. Haines & Kibblehouse, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas (2011).

Educational Background:

  • Haverford College, B.A. with Honors, Major: English, 1987
  • Georgetown University, M.A., Major: English, 1989
  • Temple University School of Law, L.L.M., Honors: Trial Advocacy, 2002

Industry Groups

  • Cranes & Aerial Lifts
  • Electrical
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1650 Market Street
52nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Phone: 215-575-2978

Fax: 215-496-0999

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Last Updated: 2/25/2019

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