David F. Russey

Bar/Court Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Courts of Appeal for the 3d and 6th Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1999
  • B.A., with Honors, International Relations, Johns Hopkins University, 1994
  • Graduate Diploma in International Studies, Bologna Center of the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna, Italy, 1993

David has 20 years of experience representing clients in commercial litigation and insurance coverage matters. David joined Cohen & Grigsby in 2004 and was promoted to Director in 2007.

Areas of Concentration

  • Insurance Coverage
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Appellate Litigation

Representative Cases

Insurance Coverage Litigation

  • Represented policyholder in negotiation of agreement to provide insurance coverage for investigation and remediation costs at past and future environmental sites
  • Represented building owner in dispute with insurer regarding property damage and time element losses arising from water damage
  • Obtained unusual all sums allocation ruling in favor of policyholder under New York law (Liberty Mut. Is. Co. v. Fairbanks Co., No. 13-cv-1141, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 104250 (S.D.N.Y., Aug. 8, 2016))
  • Represented policyholder in litigation and three week jury trial arising from collapse of bulk material handling equipment at port in West Africa seeking indemnity for first-party property loss and business interruption losses
  • Represented policyholder in environmental insurance coverage litigation involving sites located in Indiana and North Carolina and negotiated settlements with five insurance companies
  • Represented policyholders in claims against the estates of insolvent insurance companies in New Jersey and Illinois, leading to allowed claims in excess of $25 million

Commercial Litigation

  • Served as lead counsel in AAA arbitration seeking payment for pension and environmental liabilities arising from coal sales agreement
  • As lead counsel for IT staffing company, obtained favorable jury verdict for client on breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and conversion claims against former vice president
  • Represented manufacturing company in multimillion-dollar Lanham Act and state law unfair competition action against competitor, establishing that presumptions may be used to satisfy the Lanham Act’s causation requirement. (Robroy Indus. – Texas, LLC v. Thomas & Betts Corp., No. 15-CV-512, No. 2:16-CV-198, 2017 WL 1370545 (E.D. Tex., Apr. 10, 2017))
  • Represented directors and officers in suits filed in Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware alleging breaches of fiduciary duty and breaches of the duty of loyalty
  • Obtained dismissal on grounds of forum non conveniens of suit against Israeli businessman asserting claims under RICO and various business torts. (Kisano Trade & Invest. Ltd. v. Lemster, 737 F.3d 869 (3d Cir. 2013))
  • Obtained summary judgment for client against claims arising from alleged promise to purchase metals recycling plant located in Mexico. (Aceros Recicilables de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. v. ELG Metals Corp., No. 02-1935, 2006 WL 1429581 (W.D. Pa. Mar. 14, 2006))
  • Obtained summary judgment for minority members of LLC against managing member in action for valuation of and payment for interests
  • Defended client in arbitration hearing claiming that client had improperly rejected nonconforming goods
  • Represented client in suit against manufacturer of scrap baling machine claiming that machine did not function properly and/or was not suited for its intended purpose
  • Represented bank in bench trial in action based on personal guarantees of corporation’s installment payment obligations under promissory note (Property Acceptance Corp. v. Zitin, No. 04-3920, 2007 WL 2343869 (E.D. Pa. Aug. 15, 2007))
  • Defended health care system in fourteen day, three-judge arbitration regarding rescission of hospital merger agreement and claims for breach of contract seeking $75 million
  • Defended health care system in antitrust challenge to its acquisition of specialty hospital
  • Represented Mayor of Harrisburg in appeal overturning Commonwealth Court order granting summary judgment. Pennsylvania Supreme Court found that Educational Empowerment Act permitted mayors of medium-sized cities to assume control of failing school districts and was not special legislation. (Harrisburg Sch. Dist. v. Zogby, 828 A.2d 1079 (Pa. 2003))
  • Presenter, “Facing a Potential Claim: Tips Every Policyholder and Lawyers Should Know,” Cohen & Grigsby CLE Day, April 2019
  • Co-Presenter, “How to Present Insurance Claims Effectively (and Avoid Common Pitfalls),” Cohen & Grigsby CLE Day, April 2018
  • Presenter, “The Nuts and Bolts of Settlement Agreements/Releases,” C&G Academy, July 2009
  • Co-Presenter, “Lessons Learned from Ivan, Katrina and Rita: Insurance Coverage Issues for Business,” C&G Academy, 2005


  • Board Member, Baptist Senior Services/Baptist Homes Society, 2019-Present
  • Trustee, Kentucky Avenue School, 2016-2019
  • David co-chaired the Members Services Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division from 2004-2005, and participated in the Bar Leadership Initiative of the ACBA Young Lawyers Division in 2003