David W. deBruin


David deBruin is a Partner at the law firm of Napoli Shkolnik, managing its Delaware office located in Wilmington. He has significant experience in effectively managing a full array of complex civil litigation cases, including: product liability (including victims of mesothelioma and lung cancer from exposure to asbestos; and victims of pharmaceutical products and medical devices), environmental hazards (contamination by drilling, fracking, spillage, seepage, emissions, runoff, or improper disposal of waste, chemicals, toxins, radiation, biologicals, or heavy metals), catastrophic personal injury, class actions, shareholder derivative suits and other corporate litigation in the Court of Chancery, as well as intellectual property litigation in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware.

Mr. deBruin has represented clients at trial and in appellate matters in all the state and federal courts where he is admitted to practice.

David enjoys spending his time away from work with his family (especially his four (4) amazing children), his extended family, life-long friends, and his dog Odie that he adopted from the Delaware Humane Association.

  • Bar Admissions



    New Jersey

    United States District Court for the District of Delaware

    United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

    United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

    United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

  • Education

    Delaware Law School (Widener University), J.D.

    University of Maryland, B.A.

  • Awards and Honors

    Best Lawyers® in America, 2015-2022

    Litigation Counsel of America (Trial Lawyer Honorary Society) – Fellow

    Philadelphia Super Lawyers®, Rising Stars, 2005

    Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The American Trial Lawyers Association every year since 2013

    Top Lawyer by Main Line Today magazine, 2021-2022

  • Professional Affiliations

    American Association for Justice – Member

    Delaware Trial Lawyers Association – Member

    Editorial Board of The Journal of the Delaware State Bar Association, 2008-2018, Contributing Member

    Richard S. Rodney American Inn of Court – Member

  • Publications

    In Re: The Journal of The Delaware State Bar Association, The Delaware State Bar Association.

    During my tenure as contributing member for The Delaware Bar Journal from 2008-2018, I co-edited every issue of The Delaware Bar Journal for 10 years; I also authored more than 20 Editor’s Perspective columns.

  • Court Appointments

    David was appointed the first ever Plaintiffs’ Coordinating Counsel for the entire Asbestos Docket in Delaware by the Superior Court Judges overseeing the Asbestos Docket (2011-2014)

  • Representative Cases and Settlements of Note

    $2.86 Million Jury Verdict
    Michael and Darcel Galliher v. R.T. Vanderbilt Company
    Obtained on behalf of the client (and his family) who died from mesothelioma against an industrial talc manufacturer

    Multi Million Settlement
    John and Olga Pavlick v. Ford Motor Company
    Began the trial for the client (and his family) who died from mesothelioma; the defendant settled for 7-figures just before trial

  • Clerkships

    Clerk for Judge Charles C. Keeler, Delaware County Court of Common Pleas (1996-1998)



  • Pro Bono

    Represent qualified victims of domestic abuse at Protection From Abuse (“PFA”) proceedings and trials.