David Langfitt

Practice Areas:

Catastrophic Personal Injury

Class Actions

Commercial Litigation

NFL Concussion Litigation

NCAA Concussion Litigation

Patent Litigation

Securites

Education:

B.A. University of Pennsylvania

M.Sc. The London School of Economics

J.D. New York University School of Law

Bar Admissions:

Pennsylvania

New Jersey

United States District Court for the

Eastern District of Pennsylvania

United States District Court for the

Middle District of Pennsylvania 

United States District Court for the

Western District of Pennsylvania

Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Supreme Court of the United States

Contact Information:

Main:  215-772-2260

Direct: 267-295-6701

Email: david@langfittgarner.com

David Langfitt has practiced complex commercial litigation and mass personal injury litigation for more than 27 years and focuses on litigation and trials involving numerous parties, claims, and courts, both state and federal.  He has litigated a wide variety of complex cases involving mass tort claims, the federal securities laws, professional liability, legal malpractice, the Dragonetti Act, merger agreements, pre-packaged bankruptcy plans, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and infringement of patents and copyrights.

Mr. Langfitt currently spends most of his time focusing on large-scale catastrophic personal injury litigation.  He has served on the Court-appointed Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in the NFL Concussion Litigation and Settlement, which has become increasingly difficult for the players based on a variety of rulings by the Court and the concerted resistance of the NFL to pay claims.  He is among the leaders for all ongoing claims.  He has personally represented more than a thousand former players against the NFL for latent brain disease and, while at his former law firm, received more awards for players than any other lawyer in the Settlement.  He continues to represent hundreds of players and intends to hold the NFL accountable to the players and to the letter of the Settlement.      

Mr. Langfitt also represents former NCAA football players with latent brain disease from their days in college football.  He is currently litigating pending cases against the NCAA for players within many different age groups in various state courts.  Many former college football players have begun to show the short-term and long-term effects of latent brain disease from head impacts in college football.  Mr. Langftt and his team of lawyers regularly evaluate these cases and determine whether they are willing to take the case and bring it to a trial by jury.  Mr. Langfitt is the lead attorney in the case of Steven Schmitz vs. NCAA, which is scheduled for trial in 2020.  He has litigated that case for the last four years and obtained a watershed opinion, found herefrom the Ohio Supreme Court allowing the case to move forward to discovery and trial.  Video of the oral argument is available here.

Mr. Langfitt has served as nationwide patent litigation counsel to Q.I. Press Controls, an international technology company based in Holland.  He has represented Q.I. in multiple cases in courts throughout the United States that have involved patent infringement and disputes that arose out of re-examinations within the U.S. Patent and Trademark office.  Representative opinions can be found at Quad/Tech v. QI Press Controls, et al., 701 F. Supp. 2d 644 (E.D. Pa. 2010), aff’d, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 5729 (Fed. Cir. 2011) and QI Press Controls v. Lee, 752 F.3d 1371 (Fed. Cir. 2014).  

Prior to founding Langfitt Garner PLLC, Mr. Langfitt was a partner at Locks Law Firm in Philadelphia from 2010 until 2019, and an associate and partner at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads LLP in Philadelphia from 1992 to 2010.  While at Montgomery McCracken, Mr. Langfitt represented Federal Receiver David H. Marion, appointed at the request of the SEC and Federal District Court to recover, oversee, and distribute assets to investors defrauded by a Ponzi Scheme operated through Bentley Financial Services, Inc. of Paoli, PA. The Bentley Scheme was the largest Ponzi Scheme in the United States when it was discovered in 2001. Mr. Langfitt oversaw the recovery of $360,000,000 for the benefit of defrauded investors.  This represented approximately ninety-three percent of the investors’ principal, one of the largest percentage recoveries ever.  Mr. Langfitt also filed and litigated multiple complaints against banks and others for aiding and abetting the scheme. 

Mr. Langfitt has extensive experience litigating in the bankruptcy courts and has represented creditors' committees (primarily members of the plaintiffs' asbestos litigation bar) in bankruptcies that were designed by corporations to repackage the corporate assets and liabilities of major entities to evade payment of claims, particularly asbestos claims.  Some of those cases are In Re: Bondex (U.S. District Court, District of Delaware), In Re: Combustion Engineering (U.S. District Court, District of Delaware), and In Re: Nutraquest (U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey).  He also served as lead litigation counsel to Celotex Corporation in multiple wrongful death and personal injury cases brought in connection with a 2003 fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island.  He litigated personal injury cases brought in connection with Celotex manufacturing plants in multiple states and negotiated settlements with USEPA regarding environmental regulations, control equipment, and clean air act issues.

Mr. Langfitt has experience litigating under the Dragonetti Act, the Pennsylvania law that puts in statutory form the common law remedy for wrongful use of civil proceedings.  Mr. Langfitt teamed with John Lewis to defend and counterclaim on behalf of one of the nation’s most successful plaintiff’s law firms against a Fortune 500 company determined to ruin the firm for allegedly filing a series of class actions without a sound basis.  The law firm settled the case on the eve of trial in a public settlement for a $1,000 donation to the James Beasley School of Law at Temple University, a resounding success for Langfitt and Lewis.

 

While an associate at Montgomery McCracken, Mr. Langfitt was Habeas Corpus counsel to a former death row inmate and succeeded in overturning the petitioner’s conviction for first degree murder in Smith v. Horn, 120 F.3d 400 (3d Cir. 1997). 

Outside of his legal practice, Mr. Langfitt is a trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and a trustee of the Episcopal Academy.  He was a founding board member of the Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia and served as Board Chair for more than ten years.  He is also the author of the novel Winnabow, a legal thriller available on-line at Amazon Books.

LANGFITT GARNER PLLC

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Two Commerce Square

2001 Market Street

Suite 3900

Philadelphia, PA 19103

 

610-787-1706

david@langfittgarner.com

 

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