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David B. Kline focuses on personal injury law with specific expertise in two fields: emotional distress and premises liability, both of which have been the subject of legal treatises he has written to educate other attorneys.   He has more than 24 years of deposition,  arbitration, bench trial and jury trial experience. Mr. Kline is the author of numerous articles and treatises.  His 1300+ page treatise "Emotional Injuries: Law and Practice" was published by WEST and sold to lawyers throughout the USA.  It is the leading national treatise discussing recovery for emotional injuries.  His article, Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress in Pennsylvania– Evolution from Physical Impact to Bystander Recovery, has been cited by the late Jude Dowling.   Judge Dowling called David, in writing:   the “foremost authority in PA on emotional distress recovery.”  This judge also cited David's work in one of his judicial opinions!  The case is Sears v. Hershey Medical Center, 10 D & C4th 182.  He has been published for his legal writings ELEVEN different times in addition to his two treatises, and in 2011 he was appointed by the PA BAR to give a CLE on Ethical Issues in Lawyer Advertising, which counted as CLE credit for those in attendance.


In addition, David is an experienced appellate attorney.  He wrote the brief in Ganski v. Wolf Lighting, a 2012 Third Circuit case which is a leading case for its legal proposition on causation of damages.  He has written more than a dozen appellate briefs.  He has argued before the PA Superior Court three times and the US Circuit Court of Appeals, en banc, for the Third Circuit once (along with other casualty defense attorneys).


Mr. Kline has obtained five different ADR awards in excess of $400,000 (one for $750,000 with disputed liability)  and has won at least 25 ADR arbitration awards of more than $50,000. He received his J.D. from Widener School of Law and his L.L.M from Temple University. He is admitted to practice law in PA, MD and NY and before the United States District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court District of Maryland, the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court as of 1999.



Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 90%
    26 years
  2. Wrongful Termination: 5%
    26 years
  3. Contracts: 5%
    26 years



Contingent (25-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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    I have been opposing counsel on multiple personal injury matters with David. He is an exceptional advocate on behalf of his client in the courtroom while at the same time acting in a professional and courteous manner with all counsel. I highly recommend David.


    Paul Gambone Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Jeffrey Gutkowski

    Dave is a very skilled and forceful advocate for his clients. I worked with Dave for nearly three years and was impressed by Dave's passion and ability to overcome difficult obstacles to achieve a good outcome for his client. He has a very good reputation for very good reasons.


    Jeffrey Gutkowski Medical malpractice Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 LawyersAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2016
Certificate of Appreciation signed by classPrism Career Institute Evening Legal Class2015
Acting Director-Evening ProgramPrism Career Institute2015
Speaker: Expungement ClinicCommunity Legal Services Phila2015
Teacher of the YearPJA School Class of 20052005
Sunrise Seminar Series CertificatePhila. Bar Education Center1996
Certificate of Appreciation for Speaking EngagementPhila. Bar Education Center1995
Scottish Rite ScholarshipScottish Rite Organization1985
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorHarcum Junior College2014 - Present
Senior AssociateOstroff Injury Law2013 - Present
Acting Director- EveningPrism Career Institute2006 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
US District Court for MarylandMember2009 - Present
United States Supreme CourtMember1999 - Present
Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers AssociationMember & Co-Author1994 - Present
Maryland State Bar Association- InactiveMember (Inactive)1991 - Present
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third CircuitMember1991 - Present
US District Court-- EDPa.Member1990 - Present
Montgomery County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
DR v. Penn Ridge et al.Case dismissed by en banc panel of Third Cir.
Tyger v. Lundberg, D.D.S.- 1997Maximum Award in Baseball Arbitration
Modesto v. BermudezMediation resulted in $415,000 settlement of case
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Publication nameTitleDate
Chapter 2: Snow and Ice Update (PaAJ)Pa Premises Liability: Law and Forms2016
PA Premises Liability: Law and Forms (PaTLA)Chapter 2: Snow and Ice2014
Limited-Tort.comLimited Tort Exceptions2010
For Lorman seminarsThe Rights of Parents of Children with Special Education Needs2004
Thompson Publishing Group/WestEmotional Injuries: Law and Practice2000
West Group publicationEmotional Injuries: Law and Practice1998
Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly"Expansion of Bystander Recovery For Negligent Infliction of1995
The Barrister"Limited-Tort Loopholes: How to Tie the Knot,"1995
Sidebar of MontCoThe 'New' Bad Faith Statute: When It Applies and How It Has1993
 Philadelphia Lawyer"To See or Not to See,"1992
Pennsylvania Bar Association QuarterlyNegligent Infliction of Emotional Distress in Pennsylvania-1991
The RetainerIntentional Infliction of Emotional Distress1991
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Temple UniversityTrial AdvocacyMA - Masters2000
Widener University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
HarcumParalegal Mock Trial2014
New Student OrientationCareers for Paralegals2013
Debate of BAS vs. ParalegalErosion of 4th A Privacy "Rights"2013
Spanish Community Center- Law DayLandlord Tenant Law2011
Police View vs. Defense ViewThe Fourth Amendment: Privacy or Patriot Act2011
Ethics in Lawyer Advertising RPCs by PRISMEthics in Lawyer Advertising PA APPROVED CLE2011
Neighbours, Inc. High School Transition ProjectThe IDEA: Common Issues and How to Solve Them2008
Impact of No Child Left Behind Act on Special EducationImpact of No Child Left Behind.....12/7/052005
Discipline of Special Education StudentsDiscipline of Special Education Students--10/6/052005
Phila. Bar Education CenterNegligent Infliction of Emotional Distress1995