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
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
Delaware Law School (Widener University), J.D.
University of Maryland, B.A.
- Awards and Honors
- 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
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
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.