Background

David Neiman is a personal injury and consumer rights attorney who has successfully litigated a variety of cases throughout the country. David has spent much of his career representing victims and their families in cases involving medical malpractice, premises liability, transportation accidents, including automobile crashes and aviation disasters, and civil rights matters. Most recently, he has focused his practice on mass tort and class action litigation, including consumer protection matters involving insurance products, data and privacy cases, chemical toxic exposure cases, and product liability cases.

David is known for taking on powerful cases with national implications.  He, alongside Romanucci & Blandin, LLC Founding Partner Antonio Romanucci, is currently leading the firm’s representation of shooting victims in landmark cases against gun manufacturers that produce, market, and advertise assault rifles used in mass shootings. Notably, David is currently representing dozens of shooting victims across the country, including children injured in the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on May 24, 2022, and dozens of victims of the Highland Park, Illinois parade shooting that occurred on July 4, 2022.

David’s reputation for finding meaningful and creative solutions to tough cases has led to his appointment to leadership positions in several mass tort and class action cases. David served as lead counsel in In re: Beach Park Chemical Spill, in which more than 60 residents, passersby, and first responders sustained injuries from an ammonia chemical spill that occurred in Beach Park, Illinois on April 25, 2019. More recently, David was appointed to the Interim Plaintiffs Steering Council related property damage claims sustained following the Chemtool chemical plant fire explosion that occurred in Rockton, Illinois on June 14, 2021.  David is also currently working on the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee in In re: Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 Crash representing victims in the case against The Boeing Company following the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 that occurred on March 10, 2019, and has further served as co-lead counsel in several data breach and privacy cases, including cases alleging violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.

Prior to joining Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, David was a partner at Baizer Kolar Neiman P.C. In his last two trials at that firm, David earned verdicts on behalf of his clients totaling $70 million. In May 2018, David was part of the trial team with Bob Baizer and Joe Kolar that obtained a $25 million verdict for the wrongful death of a 43-year-old woman for failure to identify and remove an ovarian mass ultimately leading to a terminal cancer diagnosis. In March 2019, David first chaired a trial in which he obtained a $45 million verdict for the family of a woman who was killed in a car crash in Lake County, Illinois.

David’s work on behalf of plaintiffs has been recognized by prestigious ranking directories, including Law Bulletin Media, which named him “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty” to Watch for 2022. Law Bulletin Publishing Company has separately identified David an Emerging Lawyer from 2017-2022. David has also proudly been named one of The Best Lawyers in America© for 2021 and 2022, and an Illinois Super Lawyer for 2022 (David was previously named an Illinois’ Rising Stars by Super Lawyers® for the years 2015-2021).

David received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio majoring in American Studies. He then attended law school at William and Mary School of Law and Northwestern University School of Law. While in law school, David worked at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. Following law school, he served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Judge John Daniel Tinder with the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

David is involved with several community non-profit organizations. He was on the Board of Directors of the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic and served as the Board’s Chairman from 2017-2019. Under David’s leadership, The Clinic expanded from a local legal aid clinic serving two communities to now serving more than ten in the areas of immigration, domestic violence, and landlord/tenant issues. David is also formerly the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Deerfield Park Foundation, which offers financial assistance to those in the community in need. Lastly, David serves on the Audit & Finance Committee of Lambs Farm, an organization that provides vocational and residential services for over 250 adults with developmental disabilities.

Practice Areas

Education & Certifications

  • J.D., William and Mary School of Law and Northwestern University School of Law, 2009
  • B.A., Kenyon College, 2005

Awards & Recognition

  • Law Bulletin Media 40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch, 2022
  • Super Lawyer by Illinois Super Lawyers®, 2023
  • Rising Star by Illinois Super Lawyers®, 2015-2022
  • Named one of The Best Lawyers in America© by U.S. News and World Report, 2021-2023
  • Emerging Lawyer by Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2017-2022
  • National Trial Lawyers Association “Top 40 Trial Lawyers under 40” in Illinois, 2013

Notable Cases

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • David serves (or has served) as lead or co-lead counsel in:
    • Clow v. The Sygma Network, 22-cv-1094 (Central District of IL)
    • Curry v. County Materials Corp., et al., 22-cv-02015 (Central District of IL)
    • Baby Doe, et al. v. Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, 2020-CH-04123 (Circuit Court of Cook County, IL)
    • In Re Beach Park Chemical Spill, Case No. 19 L 369 (Circuit Court of Lake County, IL)
  • David also serves as a leadership member in:
    • In re: Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 Crash, 19-cv-02170 (Northern District of IL) (Plaintiff’s Steering Committee)
    • Grasley, et al. v. Chemtool Incorporated, 2021-L-0000162 (Circuit Court of Winnebago County, IL) (Plaintiffs Steering Council)

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • Illinois, 2009
  • S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2009
  • Member of the S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 2013
  • S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2020
  • S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2021

Newsroom

In the News

Press Releases

Blog Posts

Videos

Speaking Engagements

  • 25th Ward - City of Chicago, Speaker, Know Your Options Small Business Forum: Insurance Claims for Lost Revenue, Government Loans and Grants, and other Legal Options in the Face of Coronavirus, May 2020
  • Chambers of Commerce for Evanston, Skokie, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, and the Greater Wheeling Area (Illinois), Speaker, Know Your Options Small Business Webinar: Business Interruption Insurance Claims, May 2020
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Moderator, Legal Malpractice Pitfalls for Young Lawyers, April 2015

Publications

  • Illinois State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division Section Newsletter, Avoiding legal malpractice claims, February 2016.
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division Section Newsletter, Tips for lawyers looking to network and market themselves, August 2014
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