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David A. Yavil

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Associate | Philadelphia, PA
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David Yavil is a senior associate in Segal McCambridge's Philadelphia office. Mr. Yavil has extensive experience representing a wide array of clients including product manufacturers, licensed professionals, health systems, premises owners, real estate brokers and agents, insurers and employers in various civil litigation matters including personal injury, premises liability, asbestos, real estate, medical malpractice, employment and commercial litigation. Mr. Yavil has handled all aspects of litigation including depositions, mediations, arbitrations, and trials. Through the Philadelphia VIP program, he frequently represents individuals on a pro bono basis involving all types of tort and contract actions.

Mr. Yavil lives in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania with his wife, Heather, and two sons, Alexander and Samuel.


  • Selected for inclusion in the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (no more than 2.5% of lawyers in the state under the age of 40 are selected), nominated and selected by peers in the legal community (2013-2015)

Professional & Civic Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • Board Member - The Neighborhood Club of Bala Cynwyd
  • Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church Weekday School, Advisory Counsel
  • Burlington County Bar Association
  • Camden County Bar Association
  • Camden/Burlington County Inns of Court, Barrister
  • Cynwyd Court Condominium Association, Secretary (2001- 2006)
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Volunteer
  • Patrick Callahan Cancer Fund, Founder (2007)

Representative Matters

  • Obtained one of the first dismissals in Pennsylvania for a defendant in a Medical Malpractice action pursuant to Pennsylvania's newly enacted venue law.
  • Recently obtained dismissal of a commercial property owner in a trip and fall action involving a claim of prior owner liability in New Jersey.
  • Represented Yamaha Motor Corp. involving multiple products liability actions filed in the State and Federal Courts of Pennsylvania.
  • Represented large Japanese manufacturer involving products liability claims at a commercial bakery in New Jersey when two employees were injured while operating a conveyor belt.

Published Appellate Opinions

Gray v. Buonopane, 53 A.3d 829 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2012).

Garcia v. Mabine, 67 Pa. D & C 4th 49 (Phila. County 2004) aff'd 875 A. 2d 396 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2005).

Speaking Engagements

"Legal Issues for Realtors," Suburban West Realtors Association, Malvern, PA (October 9, 2014).

"Understanding Liability: How Home Inspectors Can Protect Themselves," National Association of Home Inspectors Pennsylvania Chapter Meeting, Towamencin, PA (October 15, 2012).

"Hammer Time in the Triangle: The Tripartite Relationship," The Hartford Financial Products Division, New York City (December 13, 2011).

"Civil Trial Preparation," New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (June 2007).


"Negotiating Vendor Contracts," National Association of Homebuilders' HCCP Credential (June 24, 2014).

"Murder is Not a Material Defect in Pennsylvania Real Estate Transactions," The CRES Current, CRES Insurance Services (October 3, 2013).

"Update on Insurance Law for the Healthcare Professional," Commentary on

Contributing Editor

LexisNexis Practice Guide: Pennsylvania Personal Injury Litigation (2012 Edition, LexisNexis Matthew Bender).


  • Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable M. Allan Vogelson, Presiding Judge, Civil Superior Court of New Jersey, Camden County


Rutgers University School of Law, J.D. (2001)

The Ohio State University, B.A., Sociology (1997)


  • New Jersey, 2001
  • Pennsylvania, 2001
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, 2001
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit