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David Dormont
Philadelphia Office

1735 Market Street
21st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103-7505

P: 215-772-7280
F: 215-731-3644

Biography

For more than 25 years, David Dormont has focused on complex commercial litigation and bankruptcy-related litigation, representing a diverse range of clients from individuals and unions to Fortune 500 companies in complex commercial disputes. He has handled more than 200 matters in federal and state courts and before arbitration panels in a variety of jurisdictions. David has tried cases, as first or second chair, before various trial courts, including in trials which resulted in two of the ten largest verdicts reported in Pennsylvania in 2005.

Prior to joining Montgomery McCracken, David was an attorney with Kaufman, Coren & Ress, P.C. Following graduation from law school in 1992, David clerked for two years with the Honorable Marvin Katz, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Selected Representations

  • Serves as outside general counsel to a national flooring distributor.
  • Lead trial counsel during an 11-day federal jury trial representing a national flooring manufacturer in a breach-of-contract suit filed by its former distributor, seeking a multi-million dollar damages award.
  • Obtained summary judgment and successfully defended an appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on behalf of majority owner/president of closely-held corporation in veil piercing action brought by minority owner/officer.
  • Successfully defended national flooring distributor against a $6 million counterclaim brought by former distributor during a 2011 jury trial.
  • Recovered more than $160 million in settlement from claims brought by the Chapter 7 Trustee of a failed subprime lender against the Debtor’s former attorneys, the Debtor’s former accountants and several Wall Street investment banks that had extended warehouse financing and had served as underwriters for the failed lender’s securitization of subprime mortgages (2009).
  • Recovered a $24 million judgment, including a $7 million punitive damage award, against a large, national bank on claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation in two separate jury trials (2008).
  • Recovered a $6 million settlement on behalf of Chapter 11 Trustee in claims for breach of fiduciary duty, fraudulent transfer and deepening of the insolvency against shareholders, former officers, directors and others; settled claims against national bank and recovered $500,000 for the Estate and subordination of lender’s $4 million claim (2005).
  • Recovered an eight-figure verdict in a breach of contract case involving a dispute with respect to a television station (2001).
  • Successfully defended a furnace manufacturer in product liability case, including obtaining the key evidentiary ruling that led to summary judgment (1998).
  • Successfully defended client against $68 million confessed judgment.

Selected Publications

  • Featured in “Montgomery McCracken Adds 2 Litigation Partners In Philly,” Law360, July 2, 2015
  • Separate and Unequal: School District Financing, 11 Law Ineq. J. 261 (1992)
  • Note, For the Good of the Adult: An Examination of the Constitutionality of Using Prior Juvenile Adjudications to Enhance Adult Sentences, 75 Minn. L. Rev. 1769 (1991)

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist at the American Zionist Movement Discussion Forum, September 6, 2018
  • Presenter at the Chester County Bar Association Spring Bench Bar Conference on the topic of tax issues for litigators, March 31, 2016
  • Chief presenter on e-discovery at a City of Philadelphia Law Department continuing legal education program, July 2014
  • Lectured to the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Association of Legal Secretaries on a variety of topics, including ethics, fraud, evidence and the duties of nonprofit board members, 2009-2013

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized as a Pennsylvania “Super Lawyer” (2013, 2014)
  • Recognized as “Chapter Supporter of the Year” by ORT America (2005)
  • Presented with the President’s Award by ORT America (2003)

Professional Activities & Achievements

  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Montgomery Bar Association
    • Bench Bar Committee, member
    • Montgomery Bar Foundation, fellow
  • Montgomery County Development Corporation
    • Board of Directors
  • Democratic Committee of Lower Merion and Narberth
  • Maternity Care Coalition
    • Finance Committee Member
  • University of Pennsylvania Alumni Interview Program volunteer
  • Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
  • Neighborhood Club of Bala Cynwyd

Academic Achievements

David graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in mathematics education. He graduated, magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1992, where he served as associate editor of the Minnesota Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.