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David Dowling - Partner

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Mr. Dowling began his career as Assistant District Attorney in Dauphin County, where he worked more than three years. Since 1981, he has handled a wide variety of civil and criminal litigation. Early in his career he successfully defended physicians and hospitals in malpractice cases and defended municipalities in civil rights cases. In the criminal arena, he has obtained acquittals for clients charged with assault, vehicular homicide, official oppression, aggravated assault and ethnic intimidation. Mr. Dowling's primary emphasis, for the past 34 years, is in personal injury litigation, including automobile, product liability, medical malpractice and workplace injuries. He continues to represent clients in the following types of cases:


  • automobile/truck accidents
  • pedestrian accidents
  • liquor liability actions against bars and clubs
  • actions against PennDOT for defective highways
  • premises liability claims
  • underinsured motorist claims
  • medical malpractice claims
  • legal/accounting malpractice claims
  • civil rights claims
  • workplace injury claims
  • product liability cases
  • sexual assault
  • railroad claims
  • criminal law
  • insurance bad faith


Mr. Dowling's practice is not limited to Pennsylvania. He has represented clients whose legal actions arose in Maryland, New Jersey, California, Florida, Kentucky and Michigan. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum which is limited to trial attorneys who have demonstrated exceptional skill, experience and excellence in advocacy by achieving a jury verdict or settlement in the amount of One Million Dollars or more.


  • Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, J.D., 1977
  • Lycoming College, B.A., 1974


"Superlawyers," Philadelphia Magazine, 2005, 2006

Significant Trial Verdicts (Plaintiff)

  • Farley v. Miller, et al. - Adams County, 2010, Assault and Battery - Award -$1.05 million
  • Hynen v. Melissa Cummings, et al., - Dauphin County, 2008 Jury Verdict - $2.22 million
  • Sands v. Wagner, et al.- U.S.D.Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2003, Jury Verdict $1.25 million
  • Mick v. Young, et al. - Lebanon County, 1998, Jury Verdict $1 million
  • Bartell v. Straub - Snyder County, 1988, Jury Verdict $1.5 million


  • Commonwealth v. Charles, 2 Counts Vehicular Homicide - Not Guilty, Snyder County
  • Commonwealth v. Hosler, 2 Counts Assault, 2 Counts Official Oppression, 1 Count Ethnic Intimidation - Not Guilty - Dauphin County-2008

Recent Settlements

  • $1.2 Million - 2005 - Medical Malpractice, Birth Related Injuries
  • $1.0 Million - 2005 - Auto Accident, Wrongful Death Claim
  • $400,000 - 2006 - Construction Site Accident, Back and Shoulder Injuries
  • $725,000 - 2007 - Wrongful Death/Product Liability Action
  • $320,000 - 2007 - 34 Year Old Single Man, Partial Hearing Loss
  • $675,000 - 2007 - Auto Accident/Dram Shop, Wrongful Death Claim (79-year-old-retired male)
  • $715,000 - 2007 - Auto/Truck Accident, Wrongful Death Claim (36-year-old male)
  • $990,000 - 2008 - Auto/Truck Accident, Loss of Eye (Plaintiff - Age 55, Retired)
  • $975,000 - 2009- Wrongful Death Claim (2-year-old child)
  • $800,000 - 2011 - Elevator Malfunction - Fractured Legs, Two Plaintiffs
  • $242,000  - 2011 - Slip and Fall - Icy Stairway - Back Injury to Truck Driver
  • $2 Million - 2011 - Wrongful Death. Punitive Damages, 77-year-old woman, Defendant convicted of First Degree Murder...Settled after jury selection and during mediation
  • $125,000 - 2012 - Premises Liability, Northumberland County, 2012, Fall in hospital by elderly male Plaintiff - fractured elbow
  •  $250,000 - 2012- Auto Accident, Dauphin County, 2012, A 73-year-old woman was a passenger in a motor vehicle, who sustained multiple injuries, including grade 4 liver laceration, right rib fractures, respiratory failure, liver abscess and renal failure - Case settled for the policy limits
  • $375,000 - 2013 - Pedestrian knock down, fractured pelvis, Dauphin County
  • $300,000 - 2013 - Workplace injury, fall from tanker truck, shoulder injury and surgery
  • $340,000 - 2013 - Workplace injury, truck pulled from loading dock injuring forklift operator, fractured ankle
  • $1.5 Million - 2013 - Electrocution-workplace injury, loss of both arms - Maryland Law applied to case
  • $325,000 - 2013 - Auto accident, fractured ankle, 22 year old female
  • Med Mal, Failure to timely diagnose meningitis, minor, $350,000 - 2014
  • $340,000-2014-Auto Accident/Liquor Liability-fractured leg (Dauphin County)
  • $250,000-2015-Auto Accident/Wrongful Death, 69 year old retired female (Cumberland County)
  • $250,000-2015-Medical Malpractice, failure to diagnose shoulder fracture following auto accident
  • $350,000-2015-Auto Accident/Wrongful Death, 64 year old male (Westmoreland County)
  • $900,000-2015-Emergency Room Negligence/Wrongful Death, 75 year old retired male

Significant Appellate Decisions

  • Consevage v. Page - (Pa. Superior Court - January 2005) (Superior Court reversed trial court, which had granted summary judgment in a medical malpractice. case in favor of ER Physician.)
  • DeRita v. Project Adventure, et al. - (Pa. Superior Court, 2005) (Pa. Superior Court reverses trial court and awards a new trial to parents in wrongful death, product liability, case involving their daughter. The Superior Court held that the trial court improperly allowed negligence concepts into a case involving strict liability, and that the trial court's curative instructions were inadequate.)
  • Cooper v. Schofstall - (Pa. Superior Court, 2004) (Superior Court established the discoverability of an expert witnesses Federal 1099 forms.)
  • Wisniski v. Brown & Brown - (Pa. Superior Court, 2004) (Pa. Superior Court established a duty of an insurance agent to inspect commercial property.)
  • Schroeder v. Department of Transportation - (Pa. Supreme Court, 1998) (Pa. Supreme Court reversed Commonwealth Court and restricted and limited spoliation as a defense in design defect cases.)
  • Bartell v. Straub - (Pa. Supreme Court, 1991) (Supreme Court reversed Commonwealth Court concerning statutory immunity for highway defects in a case against PennDOT.)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • Lecturer and Adjunct Professor, 1990-2009, The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University
  • Lecturer, Pennsylvania Bar Institute


  • Pennsylvania Superior Court Grants New Trial in DeRita v. Project Adventure and Schaefer Marine
  • Medical Malpractice Crisis?...Not supported by the facts, Michigan Law Review
  • Bars and Restaurants Must Act Responsibly To Help Avert Tragedies
  • Error of Judgment, An Obsolete Jury Instruction, PaTLA News
  • Summary Judgment Granted in Two Separate Commercial Cases
  • Avoiding and Responding to Connor Preliminary Objections, Pennsylvania Law Weekly
  • Careful Preparations Helps in Depositions, The Central Penn Business Journal
  • Doctor, Would you Please Answer the Question?, Pennsylvania Law Weekly
  • Preparing an Expert, Pennsylvania Law Weekly
  • Using a Neuropsychologist to Prove Damages in Cases Involving Mild Head Trauma, The Barrister
  • The Arrow Finally Points to Justice, The Barrister, 1992

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Pennsylvania and Dauphin County Bar Associations
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Lecturer
  • Member and Former Chairman, 1991 - present, Lower Paxton Zoning Hearing Board
  • Former Board Member, Keystone Area Counsel - BSA



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