Attorney David B. Kline, Esq.
Currently an associate at Spear Greenfield, David B. Kline’s passion for law is evident through his lectures at various colleges and publications through the past twenty-eight years. David has co-authored two legal treatises, one being Emotional Injuries: Law and Practice, which was published by West Group and sold nationally to other lawyers. He also has authored numerous articles on various legal subjects, including limited tort loopholes, emotional distress recovery, premises liability, and Pennsylvania’s first-party bad faith statute. David’s work has been published in the PA Bar Association Quarterly Law Review, The Barrister, Sidebar, The Retainer, and other educational legal publications. “David has been cited by name in the judicial opinion of Sears v. Hershey Medical Center (Dauphin Co., Dowling J.) for his published emotional distress work, which the judge referenced in making his ruling in that case.”. He has lectured on behalf of the PA Bar Institute and the Philadelphia Bar Education Center on the subjects of negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress and ethics in legal advertising.
David began his career at a large insurance defense law firm, where he often represented large insurance companies. During this experience, he familiarized himself with the opposing side of these cases. After four years, David decided to “switch sides” and has been a dedicated Plaintiff’s attorney ever since. David served as Chairperson of the Montgomery County Bar ADR Committee for two years, and he was also a member of the PBA’s Professionalism Committee. He was one of the original attorney-authors who submitted drafts of certain Rules of Evidence to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, before the rules were adopted in October of 1998. David has argued before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and also argued several times before the Pennsylvania Superior Court.
David has been a life-long Havertown resident. He has been happily married to his wife for thirty years, and they welcome occasional visits from their four adult children. David is locally involved with his church and community, including rescuing dozens of dogs and cats from as far away as New Mexico!
- Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
- State of New York
- Maryland (inactive)
- United States Supreme Court
- Third Circuit Court of Appeals
- Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- District of Maryland
- Temple University, B.A (Magna Cum Laude)
- Widener University School of Law a/k/a Delaware Law School, J.D.
- Temple University, LL.M. in Trial Advocacy
Areas of Practice
- Personal Injury
- Injuries on Property
- Motor Vehicle Injuries
- Truck Collisions
- First Party Insurance Claims
- Bad Faith
Awards and Achievements
- Scottish Rite Scholar recipient
- Teacher of the year award in Evening Division of the PJA School, 2002-2009
- 2nd co-author of 3 authors who wrote 1300 page treatise, “Emotional Injuries: Law and Practice” published by WEST Group, circa 1998.
- 2nd co-author of 7 authors who wrote Pennsylvania Premises Liability: Law & Forms, published by PaTLA, circa 2003
- Recipient of multiple Certificates of Appreciation from PBI for CLE lectures.
- Pennsylvania Association for Justice (formerly PA Trial Lawyers Association)
Passions and Pastimes
- Spending time with his wife and children
- Riding his motorcycle
- Helping with animal rescue from kill shelters
- Watching Star Trek