David Newmann

"David Newmann, who divides his time between the Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. offices, handles US and international litigation and arbitration relating to insurance disputes and offers clients 'an expert opinion.'"

Who's Who Insurance and Reinsurance 2015

David Newmann co-heads our Insurance Litigation group and manages the Philadelphia office litigation team. He helps clients navigate and win – or, even better, avoid – white-knuckle commercial litigation. Dave's experience runs the gamut. His cases include complex insurance coverage and "bad faith" litigation, consumer class actions, disputes under IT, manufacturing and distribution agreements, director & officer (D&O) litigation, and bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings.

Focusing on the insurance and telecommunications sectors, Dave uses his courtroom experience and business-oriented approach to solve litigation problems for key clients in other industries as well, such as manufacturing, industrial equipment, financial services, and food.

Dave's insurance practice reaches every corner of the market. He knows his way around D&O, errors & omissions (E&O), cyber, fiduciary, M&A representation and warranty, crime/fidelity, commercial general liability, commercial property, and personal lines policies. He manages exposures ranging from sprawling securities and M&A litigation to products liability and personal injury mass torts. He works with clients to write and revise insurance contracts, evaluate emerging risks, analyze existing coverage programs, and resolve insurance regulatory issues.

Prior to joining the firm in 1994, David served as a law clerk to the Honorable John W. Reynolds of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Awards and recognitions


Insurance: Insurer (District of Columbia)
Chambers USA

2011, 2013, 2015-2021

Industry Focus: Insurance: Advice to Insurers, Recommended
Legal 500 US


Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers
Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers

Education and admissions


J.D., University of Michigan Law School, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 1992

B.A., Indiana University, with distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, 1989


Member, American Bar Association

Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association

Member, Philadelphia Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications


District of Columbia


Court admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania

Representative experience

Represents a major insurer in one of the first lawsuits arising under a cyber insurance policy.

Successfully defended a satellite-based internet services provider against consumer class action filed in three states.

Advised the largest Nordic insurance company on coverage for and defense of mass tort products liability litigation.

Successfully defended an electronic equipment supplier against two motions for temporary restraining orders.

Won summary judgment for a D&O insurer, overcoming challenges by insureds and the FDIC.

Successfully defended a major U.S. manufacturer against breach of warranty claims.

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