David Dormont


David Dormont is a partner in Montgomery McCracken’s Litigation Department. For more than 25 years, he 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.

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.

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Selected Representations
  • Obtained full dismissal of claims brought against client for abuse of process, tortious interference with a contract and declaratory judgment from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and successfully obtained affirmance of judgment in Third Circuit appeal.
  • Obtained complete defense verdict in defamation and false light action in favor of Transport Workers Union Local 234’s former president, its key officers, and members of its Executive Board brought by an unsuccessful candidate for the union’s presidency. The plaintiff sought punitive damages and approximately $675,000 in compensatory damages. After a six-day jury trial in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, the jury returned a verdict for our clients on all counts.
  • Tried valuation and plan confirmation case on behalf of Official Committee of Equity Security Holders in the billion-dollar plus bankruptcy in Delaware
  • Obtained judgment for labor union in a Duty of Fair Representation case after trying a two-day federal bench trial
  • Serves as outside general counsel to a national flooring distributor
  • Lead trial counsel during an 12-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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Recovered an eight-figure verdict in a breach of contract case involving a dispute with respect to a television station
  • Successfully defended a furnace manufacturer in product liability case, including obtaining the key evidentiary ruling that led to summary judgment
  • Successfully defended client against $68 million confessed judgment
Selected Speaking Engagements
  • Speaker, Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism Symposium, November 2019
  • Panelist, American Zionist Movement Discussion Forum, September 2018
  • Presenter, Chester County Bar Association Spring Bench Bar Conference, March 2016
  • Presenter, City of Philadelphia Law Department, July 2014
  • Lecturer, Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Association of Legal Secretaries, 2009-2013
Selected Publications
Honors & Awards
  • Selected to the Benchmark Litigation Top Litigator list in 2019. This list is issued by Benchmark Litigation and a description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey or the highest court of any other state.
  • Selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list in 2013 and 2014. This award is issued by Thomson Reuters a description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey or the highest court of any other state.
  • Honoree, “Chapter Supporter of the Year” by ORT America, 2005
  • Honoree, President’s Award by ORT America, 2003
Professional Activities
  • Member, Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Montgomery Bar Association
    • Member, Bench Bar Committee
    • Fellow, Montgomery Bar Foundation
Community Involvement
  • Board of Directors, Jewish Agency for Israel
  • Board of Directors, Montgomery County Development Corporation
  • Member, Democratic Committee of Lower Merion and Narberth
  • Finance Committee Member, Maternity Care Coalition
  • Member, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
  • Member, Neighborhood Club of Bala Cynwyd

Law School

  • University of Minnesota Law School

Graduate School

  • University of Pennsylvania

Undergraduate School

  • University of Pennsylvania