David is life-long resident of upstate NY. David graduated Magna Cum Laude from Syracuse University School of Management and then earned his law degree from the Syracuse Law.
Prior to joining Michaels & Smolak, David was a partner in prominent Syracuse insurance defense firm. It was there that David learned the "how to's ” of insurance companies andthe manner that insurance defense firms evaluate and defend cases. David has been successful using this knowledge to “turn the tables” on the insurance companies to obtain large settlements and verdicts for his injured clients.
Dave has consistently been rated and selected as Super Lawyer since the honor was first established. The Super Lawyer title is given only to those attorneys who are considered to be among the top 5% of all lawyers in the State of New York.
Dave is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Million Dollar Advocates is one of the exclusive groups of trial lawyers in the United States as its is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Less than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.
David is listed in “Best Lawyers in America”. The inclusion in Best Lawyers is based on peer-reviews (lawyers rating lawyers). According to the Best Lawyers publishers, the way they select lawyers to be listed “is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area”.
Clients find Dave very easy to talk to and he conistently scores excellent reviews from his clients.