David P. Heim

David joined Bochetto & Lentz in 1999. His practice is focused on complex civil litigation, specializing in internet law, defamation, commercial disparagement, Dragonetti and abuse of process, constitutional law, partnership and shareholder disputes, employment disputes, medical malpractice, and catastrophic injury cases. David has been a frequent lecturer and author of publications concerning defamation, internet related legal issues, and Dragonetti claims, and is certified as a member of the Million Dollar Advocate’s Forum, whose membership is limited to attorneys with million and multi-million dollar verdicts, awards and settlements. David has also been recognized as one of the Top Young Attorneys in Pennsylvania by Philadelphia Magazine in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. Recently, David has been selected as a Super Lawyer by Philadelphia Magazine for 2015 and 2016. Some of the more significant cases and reported opinions on which David worked are:

  • Defamation and Lanham Act Claims involving terminated executive, resulting in $3.6 million recovery
  • Civil fraud and breach of contract case involving historic boxing films, resulting in $2.75 million recovery.
  • Warehouse accident involving catastrophic injury from negligent operation of forklift, resulting in a $2.225 million recovery.
  • Catastrophic car accident case involving traumatic brain injuries, resulting in tender of policy limits in the amount of $1.515 million.
  • Franklin Prescriptions, Inc. v. The New York Times Company, 267 F.Supp.2d 425 (E.D. Pa. 2003)(jury verdict finding New York Times defamed local business)
  • In re Condemnation Proceedings, 938 A.2d 341 (Pa. 2007)(appeal to Supreme Court on issue of first impression involving separation of church and state)
  • Nutter v. Dougherty, 938 A.2d 401 (Pa. 2007)(appeal to Supreme Court regarding state preemption of local municipal campaign finance laws)
  • Echols v. Pelullo, 377 F.3d 272 (3d Cir. 2004)(appeal on novel interpretation of boxing promotional agreements)
  • AFL Philadelphia LLC v. Krause, 639 F. Supp. 2d 512 (E.D. Pa. 2009)(misappropriation of name claim under Lanham Act against Philadelphia Soul, an arena football league team)
  • NTP Marble, Inc. v. AAA Hellenic Marble, Inc., 2012 WL 607975 (E.D. Pa. Feb. 27, 2012)(false advertising claims under Lanham Act for alleged posting of fake customer reviews on internet)
  • Community Academy v. Phila. School District (representation of Philadelphia charter school whose charter was revoked by school district, resulting in appeal board reversal with instructions to district to issue five year renewed charter)
  • WFIC, LLC v. Labarre, 2016 PA Super 209, — A.3d — , (Pa. Super. Ct. 2016)(successful defense of client on alleged liability of $9 million, resulting in appellate ruling on issue of first impression invalidating litigation funding agreement on public policy grounds)

Defamation and Related Legal Issues in the Workplace, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, co-author (2004); What’s in a name?: AFL Philadelphia LLC v. Krause provides legal lessons on use of employee names, co-author, The Sport Marketing Quarterly (Oct. 2010); Internet Defamation: Practical Tips on Identifying the Anonymous Internet Defamer, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, co-author and co-presenter (2010, 2012, 2014); Dragonetti & Litigation Torts, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, co-author and co-presenter (2014); Co-author, Legal Treatise: Wrongful Use of Civil Proceedings & Related Torts in Pennsylvania (1st ed. 2016 ALM Media)   

Contact Information

P: (215) 735-3900
F: (215) 735-2455
E: dheim@bochettoandlentz.com

Education

  • Rutgers College, New Brunswick
    • Bachelor of Arts
  • Rutgers-Camden School of Law
    • Juris Doctor

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

PHILADELPHIA
1524 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
P: 215-735-3900
F: 215-735-2455

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Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
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