S. David Fineman

S. David Fineman (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

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.

Experience
•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 investigations, and prior to trial was at the cutting edge in testing the case with mock jury trials. Using that information, among other things, the defense was able to settle the case at the courthouse door for a number far below what would have been possible just two months earlier. After this success, he lectured legal groups, insurance organizations and others on the use of mock jury trials and jury selection techniques.

Community/Civic Involvement
•American University, School of Public Affairs, Advisory Committee, member
•Temple University Fox School of Business and Management, adjunct professor, business law
•Lower Merion School Foundation Board

Honors/Awards
•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

Appointments/Elections
•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

Articles, Presentations and News
•Fineman Krekstein & Harris Continues to Obtain Real Estate Tax Reductions for Our Clients in Philadelphia
•IMPORTANT REAL ESTATE TAX ALERT
•Philadelphia Tax Alert
•NEW TAX STEB RATIO IS LOWER, BUT FILING AN APPEAL MAY NOT BE THE RIGHT MOVE!
•Fineman Delivered For US Postal Service
•Firm Lawyers Chosen 2010 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
•David Fineman, Lee Applebaum and Richard Perr Named Corporate Counsel Edition Super Lawyers for Business Litigation
•David Fineman, IRRC Commissioner's Corner, Common Ground
•THE TRIAL LAWYER'S GUIDE: Attorney's Dilemma-Obtaining Proper Fee From Structured Settlement
•Governor Appoints S. David Fineman as New IRRC Commissioner
•Firm Lawyers Obtain Rare Corporate Counsel Edition Super Lawyer Designation
•Firm Obtains Remand of Zoning Decision
•Firm Partners S. David Fineman and Gary A. Krimstock Present Seminar to Local Accountants
•Recent Developments in Pennsylvania Bad Faith Litigation
•Firm Litigation Group Helps Client to Significantly Lessen Cost of Litigation
•Firm Litigation Group Helps Client to Significantly Lessen Cost of Litigation
•Obtaining a Zoning Variance for Commercial Use in a Residential Community
•Real Estate Taxes are Coming Again
•Real Estate Taxes are Coming Again
•THE TRIAL LAWYER'S GUIDE: Attorney's Dilemma-Obtaining Proper Fee From Structured Settlement
•Congratulations to Firm's Pennsylvania “Super Lawyers” and Rising Star
•Philadelphia Real Estate and Transfer Tax Issues
July 1, 2006
•Recent Developments in Pennsylvania Bad Faith Litigation
April 1, 2006

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Client Rating N/A
Peer Rating 5.0 of 5

Areas of Law

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

Peer Rating

Peer Rating

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Experience & Credentials

Firm Details
Position
Attorney
Admission Details
Admitted in 1971, Pennsylvania
Law School Attended
George Washington University
Class of 1970
J.D.
with Honors
University Attended
The American University
Class of 1967
B.S.
Birth Information
Born in 1945
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 23, 1945
Associations & Memberships

Memberships
•American Bar Association
•Philadelphia Bar Association
•ULI, Philadelphia Chapter, Public Policy Committee, co-chair
•DHL Global Mail USA, chairman of the board

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 investigations, and prior to trial was at the cutting edge in testing the case with mock jury trials. Using that information, among other things, the defense was able to settle the case at the courthouse door for a number far below what would have been possible just two months earlier. After this success, he lectured legal groups, insurance organizations and others on the use of mock jury trials and jury selection techniques.Represented the Philadelphia Parking Authority in a series of disputes brought by various parking garage operators, successfully establishing case law that the Authority was a local agency subject to governmental immunity. In the case itself, the Authority was successfully defended through that immunity defense.Represented property owners and a civic association in a complex zoning dispute that was litigated over a four year period. The dispute involved interpretations of the Philadelphia Zoning Code concerning special medicalized uses of foster homes, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act and the United States Constitution. Our clients' position prevailed.Represented the Independent Regulatory Review Commission in a constitutional challenge to its existence. While winning on procedural grounds, the constitutionality of the Commission's existence remains in tact.In addition to the foregoing examples, David Fineman has represented a wide range of public authorities and has advised and represented public officials, both for litigation and administrative purposes.

Community Contributions

Community Contributions
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Contact Information

Contact Information
Firm Address
Fineman Krekstein & Harris, P.C.
Mellon Bank Center, 1735 Market Street, Suite 600,
Philadelphia, PA 19103
U.S.A.
Phone
215-893-8701
Fax
215-893-8719
Office Information
Office Information
S. David Fineman
Attorney
Fineman Krekstein & Harris, P.C.
Mellon Bank Center, 1735 Market Street, Suite 600,
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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