David E. RichmanPartner
David E. Richman concentrates his practice in the areas of medical malpractice defense, construction-site accidents, New York Labor Law litigation, pharmaceutical product liability, product liability defense and toxic torts.
The head of Rivkin Radler’s Complex Tort & Product Liability and Medical Malpractice Defense Practice Groups, and a former member of the firm’s executive committee, David has tried hundreds of complex cases in both state and federal courts, many carrying million-dollar exposures for the clients he has represented.
For more than 30 years, David has successfully represented corporations, hospitals, universities, and insurance companies in medical and dental malpractice, asbestos litigation, construction job site and New York Labor Law litigation, toxic torts, lead paint, general liability, pharmaceutical product liability, product liability, commercial litigation, bad faith litigation, general negligence, mass tort litigation, nursing home litigation, medical and nursing licensing, false advertising class actions, and regulatory matters. David routinely represents clients before the New York Department of Health Office of Professional Medical Conduct and New York Department of Education Office of the professions as well as handling credentialing and privileges matters.
David also leads a team of attorneys defending clients sued in the New York City Asbestos Litigation, as well as other asbestos actions throughout New York. He is also the lead attorney representing the owner, construction manager, and sub-contractors involved with the Columbia University Manhattanville Construction Project.
Among his notable cases are:
New England Ins. Co. v. Healthcare Underwriters Mut. – David obtained a bad faith verdict in favor of an insurer against a healthcare mutual. The case was tried before Judge Arthur Spatt in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
O’Brien v. Citizen’s Ins. Co. – David successfully argued at a Frye hearing for the preclusion of evidence of multiple chemical sensitivity (“MCS”) in an action involving a family that claimed to have developed MCS from exposure to solvents used to clean their home following a house fire. The case was tried before Judge Peter Mayer in Suffolk County, New York.
David lectures widely on a variety of subjects, including trial advocacy and the defense of asbestos, lead paint, and medical malpractice actions. He has published articles offering practice pointers on medical malpractice and the handling of cases before state regulatory boards, and he recently contributed a chapter, “Motions in Limine and Opening Statements,” to the New York State Bar Association’s recent publication, “Preparing For and Trying the Civil Lawsuit.” David is also a co-contributor to the recently-published, USLAW Network, “State of New York Construction Law Compendium” addressing all aspects of the defense of Labor Law claims in New York. A member of several professional organizations, David serves on DRI’s Toxic Torts and Environmental Law committee. He also is a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Health Law Section, Tort System Committee, and the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section’s Toxic Tort Committee. Additionally, he is a member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (“PLUS”). David has been named a Top Lawyer of Long Island for 2016 by New York Law Journal.
Pulse Magazine voted David “one of the New York area’s top medical malpractice defense attorneys.”
926 RXR Plaza
Uniondale, NY 11556-0926
New YorkCourt Admissions
United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New YorkEducation
New York Law School, Juris Doctor, Law Review
New York University, M.P.A.
State University of New York, B.A.