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David M. Katz


David M. Katz


David participated in Smith Sovik’s summer associate program and re-joined the firm after graduating from Syracuse University College of Law.

As a law student, David served on the Executive Board of the Syracuse Law Review.  The Syracuse Law Review selected David’s student note, “Assessing the Federal Rules’ Proportionality Amendments,” for publication in 2017.  He also served on the Executive Board of the Moot Court Honor Society.  As a member—and then captain—of the school’s National Moot Court Competition team, David won the Northeast Regional Championship, taking Best Brief, and proceeded to the national quarterfinals with the second best brief in the nation.  David also served as American Bar Association’s Law Student Division Liaison to the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section while in law school, where he connected with tort litigators from across the nation.

He received multiple awards in law school, including an Office of Student Life Service Award and the American Law Institute Leadership and Scholarship Award.  Additionally, he was inducted into the Justinian Honor Society and the National Orders of the Coif, Barristers, and Scribes at Syracuse University College of Law.

After law school, David has remained active in the Syracuse University College of Law community.  Since 2019, David has contributed the Torts article to the Survey of New York Law, a yearly publication of the Syracuse Law Review.  He also assists Syracuse University’s National Moot Court Competition and American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition teams, preparing them for their competitions.

David focuses his litigation and appellate practice on construction-site accident cases, professional liability matters, defense of general negligence claims, and products liability defense.  His practice also includes handling indemnification disputes, insurance coverage analysis, and other issues affecting how to transfer risks among parties.


  • Syracuse University College of Law, magna cum laude, J.D., 2017
  • Cornell University, summa cum laude , Distinction in all Subjects, B.A., 2014 (College Scholar)


  • Admitted to practice before all Courts of the State of New York and all United States District Courts of New York


  • New York State Bar Association
  • Onondaga County Bar Association

David M.G. Katz
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