S. David Fineman

Attorney in Philadelphia, PA
Throughout his 40-year career, David has counseled individuals, business owners and government employees on commercial litigation, business disputes, public finance, real estate and tax issues.

A seasoned litigator with experience working in the government, corporate and private sectors, David brings to his clients a wealth of experience handling a variety of business and legal matters.

Having served as special counsel to various federal, state and local municipal candidates and elected officials, David frequently advises clients on how to navigate the court systems, political landscape and inner workings of government. He often serves as local coordinating counsel on cases where an understanding of the Philadelphia rules and systems are necessary to provide zealous representation.

•Selected for inclusion on the 2006 - 2014 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers lists
•Selected to “Who's Who in the World, 1999, 2001
•Selected to “Who's Who in the East,” 1999-2000
•Selected to “Who's Who in America,” 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008
•Selected to “Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America,” 1987-1988
•Selected to “Who's Who in American Law,” 1985-1986, 1987-1988, 1990-1991, 1992-1993, 1994-1995, 1996-1997, 1998-1999, 2000-2001, 2002-2003, 2003-2004, 2005-2006, 2007-2008
•Selected by the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County as one of 40 lawyers to serve as Judge Pro Tempore, 1991
•Selected by the United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, as a member of its Court-Annexed Early Mediation Program, 1990
•Given an AV rating by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating provided by the national legal directory.

Selected Publications
• Fineman Krekstein & Harris Continues to Obtain Real Estate Tax Reductions for Our Clients in Philadelphia , May 14, 2014
• Philadelphia Tax Alert , August 23, 2012

•Commissioner, Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission, 2009-present
•Chair of the Board of Governors, U.S. Postal Service, 2003-2005
•Governor Edward Rendell's Transition Team, member, 2003-2004
•Mayor Edward Rendell's Intergovernmental Task Force, member, 1999
•Board of Governors, U.S. Postal Service, 1995-2005
•Industry Policy Advisory Committee, a CEO-level committee that advises the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative on international trade, 1994-1997
•Secretary of Banking of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, special counsel, 1993-1995
•Insurance Commissioner of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, special counsel, 1993-1995
•Philadelphia Planning Commission, member, 1991-1993
•Mayor W. Wilson Goode's Transition Team, member, 1987

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Areas of Law

  • Commercial Litigation/Business Disputes
  • Government Relations and Advocacy
  • Tax Assessment Appeals
  • Administrative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith
  • Litigation


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Experience & Credentials



Admission Details

Admitted in 1971, Pennsylvania

Law School Attended

George Washington University
Class of 1970
with Honors

University Attended

The American University
Class of 1967

Birth Information

Born in 1945
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 23, 1945

Associations & Memberships

•American Bar Association
•Philadelphia Bar Association
•ULI, Philadelphia Chapter, Public Policy Committee, co-chair
•D... More

Representative Cases

Representative Matters: Only six weeks before trial, David Fineman was called upon to serve as lead defense counsel in the Jessica Savitch case, involving tens of millions of dollars in claims over the tragic death of the national news anchor. He immediately grasped what was needed to get the defense on the right course, directed extensive investig... More

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S. David Fineman
Mellon Bank Center 1735 Market Street, Suite 600,
Philadelphia, PA 19103


Fineman Krekstein & Harris, P.C. (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

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