David S. Osterman

David S. Osterman


Practice Groups

David Osterman is a senior partner resident in our Princeton, New Jersey office. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and he concentrates his practice in handling complex civil litigation, including commercial disputes, product liability, and class action litigation. Dave is certified as a Civil Trial Attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court and has tried more than 50 cases to verdict in five different states (New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Arizona) and the District of Columbia. He has also served as lead counsel in the successful defense of several state and national class actions involving claims of consumer fraud, breach of warranty, medical monitoring and product liability.

Dave's practice involves the representation of manufacturers, retailers, and distributors of a wide variety of products including pharmaceutical and medical device products, consumer products, food products, heavy industrial machinery, airplanes, outdoor power equipment, gas grills, glass products, and flammable fabrics. He has extensive toxic tort experience, including the successful representation of manufacturers and distributors against claims of personal injury or property damage as a result of exposure to asbestos, silica, paint products, graphite carbon, diacetyl, industrial solvents and MTBE. This experience includes the largest consolidated asbestos trial in New Jersey history. He successfully defended class action litigation brought under state consumer protection statutes, including the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act. He has also handled a variety of commercial disputes including partnership dissolution disputes, breach of non-compete agreements, and patent, trademark and copyright litigation.

  • Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
  • Best Lawyers in America 2015 (Product Liability Litigation — Defendants)
  • 40 Under 40 Award, New Jersey Law Journal, 2003
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers 2005-2016 
Professional Affiliations
  • Defense Research Institute: Products Liability Subcommittee; Trial Practice Subcommittee; Commercial Litigation Committee Class Actions Special Litigation Group Publications Chair
  • Product Liability Advisory Council
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • The Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey
  • Mercer County Bar Association
  • American College of Trial Lawyers: Chair, New Jersey State Committee; Former Vice Chair, New Jersey State Committee
  • Products Liability Law 360: Former Member, Editorial Board
  • Propane Gas Defense Association 
Admitted to Practice
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits
Civic Activities
  • Board of Trustees, McCarter Theater, Princeton
  • George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1988
  • Lehigh University, B.S., 1985