David Sethi
David Sethi

David Sethi

Partner

312-596-4991
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312-596-4993

David is a partner in the Civil Litigation practice based in Wiedner & McAuliffe’s Chicago office.  He focuses his practice on the defense of industry leading employers in catastrophic transportation and construction injury disputes. Partnering with his clients to protect their business interests, David identifies the most effective litigation strategy for each matter.  He has developed discovery practices and overall legal strategy to ensure evidence in personal injury actions does not affect clients’ corporate structure and position in employment and independent contractor disputes.

David also provides general counsel services to high net worth individuals and businesses, including drafting and reviewing company policies, contract negotiation, and advising human resources on prospective and pending employment action.

David was named as an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers Magazine in the areas of Insurance Coverage and Personal Injury – Defense in 2017 and 2018. He has been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers since 2013 in the areas of Civil Litigation, Products Liability & Construction Negligence.

Outside the courtroom, David serves as a member of Legal Prep Academies’ Advisory Board and was Vice President of the Associate Board from 2012-2016.  Legal Prep is a free, open-enrollment public high school with a law themed curriculum in the West Garfield Park neighborhood of Chicago. He is also a member of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion committee.

Education

  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2008
  • B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • State of Illinois Appellate Court
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Co-chaired damages-only Cook County trial in December 2017 where a jury awarded a plaintiff only $1.2 million in damages after she sought a verdict in excess of $15.5 million against our client, a national delivery carrier. The last demand before trial was $7.2 million and our last offer was $2.0 million. Led defense of case throughout litigation and trial strategy, including refusing Plaintiff’s offer to withdraw several medical claims at the start of trial which risked an increased judgment.
  • Successfully argued before the Illinois Appellate Court in August 2017, in first appeal of a construction negligence action after the Illinois Supreme Court modified the duty standard for owners and general contractors. Appellate Court requested supplemental briefs regarding the effect of the Court’s decision on the trial court’s entry of summary judgment in favor of our client, which was based upon a defense not addressed by the Court and highly disputed by the plaintiff’s bar. ILCS subsequently denied Plaintiff’s PLA.
  • Plaintiff filed suit against a national bottling company and delivery carrier after sustaining injuries in a slip and fall accident at a Chicagoland grocery store, alleging that the bottler’s employee negligently placed merchandise on store shelving that dripped and created a puddle in the store aisle. Plaintiff agreed to settle his lawsuit against the bottler for nuisance value after we filed a motion for summary judgment.
  • Class certification denied in a suit filed against a medical software company for allegedly breaching its contract and conspiring with a nationwide health care PPO to reduce physicians’ bills without increasing patient volume for the providers. In a case of first impression following several successful class actions filed against PPOs nationwide, Plaintiff sought multi-million dollars in damages on behalf of the class, and if successful, the class action would have led to a stream of lawsuits against the client and similar companies providing medical software to PPOs.
  • In the defense of a trademark action, discovered evidence of the plaintiff manufacturer’s plan to initiate lawsuits against its competitors as a means of controlling market share. The evidence provided a basis for a counterclaim asserting the plaintiff attempted monopolization and antitrust violations under the Sherman Act. Plaintiff offered to settle the matter for no damages immediately after the counterclaim was filed.
  • Bio

    David is a partner in the Civil Litigation practice based in Wiedner & McAuliffe’s Chicago office.  He focuses his practice on the defense of industry leading employers in catastrophic transportation and construction injury disputes. Partnering with his clients to protect their business interests, David identifies the most effective litigation strategy for each matter.  He has developed discovery practices and overall legal strategy to ensure evidence in personal injury actions does not affect clients’ corporate structure and position in employment and independent contractor disputes.

    David also provides general counsel services to high net worth individuals and businesses, including drafting and reviewing company policies, contract negotiation, and advising human resources on prospective and pending employment action.

    David was named as an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers Magazine in the areas of Insurance Coverage and Personal Injury – Defense in 2017 and 2018. He has been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers since 2013 in the areas of Civil Litigation, Products Liability & Construction Negligence.

    Outside the courtroom, David serves as a member of Legal Prep Academies’ Advisory Board and was Vice President of the Associate Board from 2012-2016.  Legal Prep is a free, open-enrollment public high school with a law themed curriculum in the West Garfield Park neighborhood of Chicago. He is also a member of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion committee.

  • Practice Areas
  • Credentials

    Education

    • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2008
    • B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004

    Admissions

    • Illinois
    • State of Illinois Appellate Court
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • Affiliations
    • American Bar Association
    • Chicago Bar Association
    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Defense Research Institute
  • Notable Decisions
    • Co-chaired damages-only Cook County trial in December 2017 where a jury awarded a plaintiff only $1.2 million in damages after she sought a verdict in excess of $15.5 million against our client, a national delivery carrier. The last demand before trial was $7.2 million and our last offer was $2.0 million. Led defense of case throughout litigation and trial strategy, including refusing Plaintiff’s offer to withdraw several medical claims at the start of trial which risked an increased judgment.
    • Successfully argued before the Illinois Appellate Court in August 2017, in first appeal of a construction negligence action after the Illinois Supreme Court modified the duty standard for owners and general contractors. Appellate Court requested supplemental briefs regarding the effect of the Court’s decision on the trial court’s entry of summary judgment in favor of our client, which was based upon a defense not addressed by the Court and highly disputed by the plaintiff’s bar. ILCS subsequently denied Plaintiff’s PLA.
    • Plaintiff filed suit against a national bottling company and delivery carrier after sustaining injuries in a slip and fall accident at a Chicagoland grocery store, alleging that the bottler’s employee negligently placed merchandise on store shelving that dripped and created a puddle in the store aisle. Plaintiff agreed to settle his lawsuit against the bottler for nuisance value after we filed a motion for summary judgment.
    • Class certification denied in a suit filed against a medical software company for allegedly breaching its contract and conspiring with a nationwide health care PPO to reduce physicians’ bills without increasing patient volume for the providers. In a case of first impression following several successful class actions filed against PPOs nationwide, Plaintiff sought multi-million dollars in damages on behalf of the class, and if successful, the class action would have led to a stream of lawsuits against the client and similar companies providing medical software to PPOs.
    • In the defense of a trademark action, discovered evidence of the plaintiff manufacturer’s plan to initiate lawsuits against its competitors as a means of controlling market share. The evidence provided a basis for a counterclaim asserting the plaintiff attempted monopolization and antitrust violations under the Sherman Act. Plaintiff offered to settle the matter for no damages immediately after the counterclaim was filed.
  • Additional Languages
    Additional Languages:

    Spanish

Bio

David is a partner in the Civil Litigation practice based in Wiedner & McAuliffe’s Chicago office.  He focuses his practice on the defense of industry leading employers in catastrophic transportation and construction injury disputes. Partnering with his clients to protect their business interests, David identifies the most effective litigation strategy for each matter.  He has developed discovery practices and overall legal strategy to ensure evidence in personal injury actions does not affect clients’ corporate structure and position in employment and independent contractor disputes.

David also provides general counsel services to high net worth individuals and businesses, including drafting and reviewing company policies, contract negotiation, and advising human resources on prospective and pending employment action.

David was named as an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers Magazine in the areas of Insurance Coverage and Personal Injury – Defense in 2017 and 2018. He has been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers since 2013 in the areas of Civil Litigation, Products Liability & Construction Negligence.

Outside the courtroom, David serves as a member of Legal Prep Academies’ Advisory Board and was Vice President of the Associate Board from 2012-2016.  Legal Prep is a free, open-enrollment public high school with a law themed curriculum in the West Garfield Park neighborhood of Chicago. He is also a member of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion committee.

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2008
  • B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • State of Illinois Appellate Court
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute

Notable Decisions

  • Co-chaired damages-only Cook County trial in December 2017 where a jury awarded a plaintiff only $1.2 million in damages after she sought a verdict in excess of $15.5 million against our client, a national delivery carrier. The last demand before trial was $7.2 million and our last offer was $2.0 million. Led defense of case throughout litigation and trial strategy, including refusing Plaintiff’s offer to withdraw several medical claims at the start of trial which risked an increased judgment.
  • Successfully argued before the Illinois Appellate Court in August 2017, in first appeal of a construction negligence action after the Illinois Supreme Court modified the duty standard for owners and general contractors. Appellate Court requested supplemental briefs regarding the effect of the Court’s decision on the trial court’s entry of summary judgment in favor of our client, which was based upon a defense not addressed by the Court and highly disputed by the plaintiff’s bar. ILCS subsequently denied Plaintiff’s PLA.
  • Plaintiff filed suit against a national bottling company and delivery carrier after sustaining injuries in a slip and fall accident at a Chicagoland grocery store, alleging that the bottler’s employee negligently placed merchandise on store shelving that dripped and created a puddle in the store aisle. Plaintiff agreed to settle his lawsuit against the bottler for nuisance value after we filed a motion for summary judgment.
  • Class certification denied in a suit filed against a medical software company for allegedly breaching its contract and conspiring with a nationwide health care PPO to reduce physicians’ bills without increasing patient volume for the providers. In a case of first impression following several successful class actions filed against PPOs nationwide, Plaintiff sought multi-million dollars in damages on behalf of the class, and if successful, the class action would have led to a stream of lawsuits against the client and similar companies providing medical software to PPOs.
  • In the defense of a trademark action, discovered evidence of the plaintiff manufacturer’s plan to initiate lawsuits against its competitors as a means of controlling market share. The evidence provided a basis for a counterclaim asserting the plaintiff attempted monopolization and antitrust violations under the Sherman Act. Plaintiff offered to settle the matter for no damages immediately after the counterclaim was filed.

Additional Languages

Additional Languages:

Spanish