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David S. Osterman

Civil rights Attorney at Princeton, NJ

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  • State Years
    New York - NY 34 years
    New Jersey - NJ 35 years
    Indiana - IN Licensed
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1989
    Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1988
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed
    State IN
    Acquired N/A
    Temporary Admission No misconduct found

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David Osterman, a senior trial partner resident in our Princeton office, is a Fellow in the invitation-only American College of Trial Lawyers who concentrates his practice in handling complex civil actions and class action litigation. In his nearly 30-year career he has defended a wide range of product liability and catastrophic injury cases, including cases involving pharmaceutical products, toxic torts, and commercial disputes. 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.


Goldberg Segalla
301 Carnegie Center Drive
Suite 200
Princeton, NJ, 08540

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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Goldberg Segalla
  • 2006 - Present


  • George Washington University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • Lehigh University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1985


  • Defense Research Institute
  • Products Liability Subcommittee
  • N/A
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Trial Practice Subcommittee
  • N/A
  • Defense Research Institute: Commercial Litigation Committee
  • Class Actions Special Litigation Group Publications Chair
  • N/A
  • Product Liability Advisory Council
  • Member
  • N/A
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Member
  • N/A
  • The Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Mercer County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Chair, New Jersey State Committee
  • N/A
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Former Vice Chair, New Jersey State Committee
  • N/A
  • Business Counsel, Inc.
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Products Liability Law 360
  • Former Member, Editorial Board
  • N/A
  • Propane Gas Defense Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • McCarter Theater, Princeton
  • Board of Trustees
  • 2001 - 2010
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Honors and Awards

  • 40 Under 40
  • New Jersey Law Journal
  • 2003
  • Fellow
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • N/A
  • Chair, New Jersey State Committee, 2015 to present
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • N/A
  • Vice-Chair of the New Jersey State Committee, 2013–15
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • N/A
  • AV Preeminent Peer-Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
  • Product Liability Litigation — Defendants, 2015–19
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • N/A
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers 2005–18
  • Thomson Reuters
  • N/A
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  • The Defender, National Association of Dealer Counsel
  • “Seller Beware: Dealership’s Failure to Disclose That Used Car Was a ‘Loaner’ Leads to Treble Damages and Attorney’s Fee Award"
  • 2013
  • SHRM Online: Legal Issues
  • Quoted in “Social Media Transforms Employment Law Trials"
  • 2012
  • For The Defense (DRI, Defense Research Institute)
  • Lung Disease from Microwave Popcorn Flavoring? Searching for Kernels of Truth in the Litigation "Maize"
  • 2008
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Electronic Evidence
  • 2006
  • Harris Martin Columns
  • Liability of Premises Owners for Asbestos-Related Claims of Employees of Contractors
  • 2001
  • Harris Martin Columns
  • Liability of Property Owners for Asbestos Exposure
  • 2000
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Speaking Engagements

  • Handling a Construction Accident Case, New Jersey Association for Justice, Edison, NJ
  • Co-Presenter, "Defending Construction Accident Cases"
  • 2017
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Co-Presenter, "Defending Product Liability Claims: For Appliance Manufacturers"
  • 2017
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Presenter, "Defending Product Liability Claims: For Appliance Manufacturers"
  • 2017
  • Catastrophic Injury Joint Seminar, Chicago, IL; New York, NY
  • Co-Presenter, "Strategies for Containing Liability Cases and What You Need to Know About Jury Behavior to Do So"
  • 2017
  • N.J. Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Faculty Member, Civil Trial Advocacy Summer Institute, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • IRUA's Reinsurance Emerging Risks Seminar, New York
  • Presenter, "Legal and Insurance Coverage Implications of Nanotechnology"
  • 2016
  • Fighting Fire With Fire, Chicago
  • Presenter, "From Single Claims to Class Actions: Coordination for Dealing With Repetitive Claims"
  • 2016
  • Northeast Corporate Counsel, Atlantic City, NJ
  • Presenter, "Litigation Techniques"
  • 2015
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Princeton Civil rights Lawyer David S. Osterman
David S. Osterman
Civil rights Attorney
Princeton, NJ
Licensed for 35 years