David C. Bennett practices in the areas of real estate development litigation, construction litigation, and business litigation. He has also represented clients in connection with commercial leasing, banking, and employment practices. David focuses on litigation disputes relating to real estate development, including financing, design, and construction.
Before studying law, David had an extensive career in construction management, representing owners, developers, and contractors on major private and public projects in the United States and abroad, including the City of Kapolei in Hawaii and the Passenger Terminal Expansion Program at Philadelphia International Airport.
David Bennett was selected to the 2013 & 2012 Super Lawyers Rising Stars® lists for Business Litigation. The Super Lawyers® lists are issued by Thomson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found at http://www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process.html. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey
Reuben E. Cohen Memorial Award; Law Faculty Scholar;
Internship: Honorable Theodore A. McKee, Third Circuit Court of Appeals;
Clerkship: Honorable Robert C. Daniels, Superior Court of Pennsylvania
Professional Affiliations and Activities:
Named to Philadelphia Magazine's Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars® List for Business Litigation (an honor afforded to only 2.5% of lawyers in Pennsylvania) in 2012 & 2013.
- LaForte, et al. v. Spector Construction Co., et al., Nov. Term, 2008 – No. 4269 (Pa. Com. Pl. Dec. 6, 2011), rehearing denied (granting judgment on pleadings, dismissing individual principal of declarant, and striking all tort claims from action by condominium purchasers)
- Longview Fund, L.P. v. Costello, et al., No. 3:10-cv-00362 (M.D. Pa. Oct. 20, 2011) (granting summary judgment to lender and against guarantors of commercial loan and authorizing recovery of attorneys’ fees)
- PNC Bank, N.A. v. Bluestream Technology, Inc., 14 A.3d 831 (Pa. Super. 2010), rehearing denied (holding pendency of a prior action can be a meritorious defense even where strict identity of actions not present, reversing trial court, opening confessed judgment, and remanding with direction to stay proceedings pending disposition of judgment on debtor’s prior action against lender and others)
- J.J. DeLuca Co., Inc. v. Cardiovascular Medical Associates, P.C., No. 14-124-01158-10 (Am. Arbitration Ass’n Sept. 24, 2010) (achieving favorable time payment plan for project owner)
- In re: Brooks Provisions, LLC, No. 2:10-bk-13794 (Bankr. E.D. Pa. July 22, 2010) (modifying automatic stay to allow former employee to proceed with employment discrimination claim in District Court)
- Estate of Artinian v. Universal Delaware, Inc., No. 09-10661 (Pa. Com. Pl. June 21, 2010) (landlord’s $671,387.97 confessed judgment against former tenant stricken face of record showed landlord elected possession in lieu of rent balance)
- Limor v. Ratner, No. 2145 EDA 2009 (Pa. Super. Sept. 15, 2009) (granting motion to quash appeal of order disqualifying counsel in partnership dissolution dispute)
- Feinberg v. School District of Philadelphia, et al., No. 08-cv-5195 (E.D. Pa. Mar. 16, 2009) (favorable settlement of employee’s Family Medical Leave Act claim before defendants answered amended complaint)
- Allied Building Corp. v. 574 Main Street Development, L.P., No. C-0048-2008-7011 (Pa. Com. Pl. Nov. 24, 2008) (dismissing contractor’s claim against developer on substantive arbitrability grounds, and simultaneously staying mechanic’s lien claim pending AAA arbitration)
- New Jersey
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- United States District Court for the District of New Jersey