David L. Scher

David L. Scher

New York, New York

David L. Scher is a graduate of Tufts University and Fordham University School of Law. He joined Block O'Toole & Murphy in 2003, and was made a Partner at the firm in 2012. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Scher worked for the New York State Attorney General's Office, volunteered for a Civil Rights legal aid clinic and served as a law clerk for New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich.

Mr. Scher is known for his skillful and compassionate representation of the seriously injured, including those hurt in construction accidents, motor vehicle collisions and by other acts of negligence. Mr. Scher also handles employment cases on behalf of individuals and groups of employees who have been underpaid or discriminated against in the work place.  In his tenure with the firm, Mr. Scher has resolved dozens of multi-million dollar cases. In 2015, Mr. Scher, along with Partner Stephen Murphy, secured a landmark $9,950,000 settlement for a social worker from Buffalo who suffered an above-the-knee amputation of her left leg after being struck by a vehicle.  In 2014, Mr. Scher helped negotiate an $8.8 Million settlement on behalf of a Queens pedestrian who suffered a brain injury after being struck by a van. Mr. Scher is also a noted trial lawyer, recently taking a jury verdict of over $2 Million for a 51-year-old pedestrian who injured her neck after being struck by a New York City Transit Authority Bus. Mr. Scher handled a June 2014 disability discrimination trial against a major New York restaurant chain that resulted in a nearly $1 Million settlement, and previously secured a multi-million dollar settlement for a group of City workers who were being systematically underpaid for the hours they worked.

Based on the results he has obtained for his clients, Mr. Scher is an accepted member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum and The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Scher has also been named to The National Trial Lawyers "Top 40 Under 40" list each year since 2012, and is recognized as one of the "Top 100 Trial Lawyers", a distinction reserved for those attorneys who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile. Mr. Scher has also been named to the prestigious "Super Lawyers" list. Mr. Scher has been quoted in The New York Times, New York Post, and New York Law Journal in connection with notable personal injury cases he has handled for the firm. 

Mr. Scher is also known for his legal writing and appellate work. He heads the firm's appellate and complex motion practices, regularly argues before the Appellate Division and has appeared before the Court of Appeals, the highest court in New York State. Mr. Scher routinely authors articles that are published in such respected periodicals as the New York Law Journal and Bill of Particulars magazine, which focus on legal issues involving the rights of construction accident victims. Mr. Scher was called upon recently to write an amicus curiae brief to the Court of Appeals on behalf of over 5,000 trial lawyers throughout the State. The result was the decision in Ortiz v. Varsity Holdings, which adopted Mr. Scher's position, and expanded the protections afforded to construction workers who fall as a result of inadequate safety measures.

Mr. Scher believes deeply in helping those in need outside of his legal work, and is involved in a wide array of charitable endeavors. He and his wife Julie are proud committee members for an annual wine tasting event in Manhattan, sponsored by the firm, that supports the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This event has raised millions of dollars for the treatment and research of catastrophic pediatric diseases. Click here to listen to Mr. Scher and his Partner Stephen Murphy talk with Z100 about the work of Block O'Toole & Murphy and the firm's involvement with St. Jude.

Recent Results 

  • $9,950,000 Settlement for a Buffalo social worker who was struck by a van and suffered an above-the-knee amputation of her left leg. 
  • $8,800,000 Settlement for a Queens pedestrian who suffered a brain injury after being struck by a van. 
  • $7,525,000 For Family Devastated By Fatal Suffolk County Auto Accident
  • $7,400,000 For Union Sheet Metal Worker Who Suffered Back Injury After Fall
  • $5,500,000 Settlement for an electrician who sustained a traumatic brain injury after falling from an extension ladder.
  • $5,500,000 Settlement for a Nassau County construction worker who was struck by a rotating excavator.
  • $3,300,000 Settlement for a union laborer struck by falling angle irons in Westchester County. 
  • $3,200,000 Settlement for a Brooklyn demolition worker injured on the job when a staircase broke. 
  • $3,075,000 Settlement for a union plumber from Queens who was struck by falling gravel on a construction site.
  • $2,750,000 settlement for an HVAC worker who fell from a ladder and injured his ankle
  • $2,750,000 Settlement for a 57-year-old female pedestrian who sustained a neck injury after being struck by a van.
  • $2,650,000 For a Local 3 Union Electrician who injured his back after a trip-and-fall accident on a Manhattan construction site.
  • $2,625,000 Settlement in a Wrongful Death case where there was only $1,000,000 in available insurance coverage. 
  • $2,545,000 Settlement for a Suffolk County family in a wrongful death case.
  • $2,500,000 Settlement for a Brooklyn pedestrian who was struck by a truck and suffered hip and leg fractures.
  • $2,250,000 Settlement for a 60 year old window washer who fell from a Manhattan building and suffered left arm and hip fractures.
  • $2,056,656 Verdict for a Brooklyn public high school teacher struck by a City bus.
  • $2,000,000 Settlement for a Brooklyn man who injured his back in an elevator accident.
  • $1,750,000 Settlement for a Suffolk County woman who sustained a back injury in an accident with a bus.
  • $1,700,000 Settlement for a Bronx pedestrian who injured her neck and back after being struck by a left turning truck.
  • $1,675,000 Settlement for a 55-year-old Brooklyn tailor who was rear-ended and underwent a back surgery.
  • $1,500,000 Settlement for a woman injured in a slip-and-fall accident on snow on front landing and steps.  
  • $1,500,000 Settlement for a 43-year-old Bronx driver who was struck by a New York City street sweeper.
  • $1,500,000 Settlement in a case against The City for a 57 Year-Old woman who suffered back and leg injuries after being knocked down by an unmarked police car while crossing the street.
  • $1,500,000 Settlement for a Bronx tenant who tripped on stairs in his apartment building, injuring his neck and back.
  • $1,500,000 Settlement for a Brooklyn woman hit in the rear by a City Sanitation truck. 
  • $1,490,000 Settlement for a Brooklyn construction worker who suffered neck and back injuries in a collision with a bus.
  • $1,475,000 Settlement for a Brooklyn worker who suffered brain, neck and shoulder injuries after a piece of equipment fell and struck him.
  • $1,450,000 Settlement for a Brooklyn art teacher who was injured after a collision with a bus. 
  • $1,410,000 Settlement for a husband and wife from Brooklyn who injured their necks in a rear end motor vehicle accident.
  • $1,350,000 Settlement for a Brooklyn laborer who injured his back during the demolition of a large commercial boiler
  • $1,350,000 Settlement for a Construction Laborer who had two tips of his fingers on his dominant hand amputated in a construction site accident.
  • $1,350,000 Settlement on the eve of trial for a construction laborer who fell off a roof, fracturing his arm and a bone in his pelvis. The trial was venued in Rockland County.
  • $1,325,000 Settlement for a worker whose forearm was lacerated by a shard of falling glass. 
  • $1.325,000 Settlement for a painter injured during construction of a Manhattan apartment building when a balcony collapsed underneath him.
  • $1,325,000 Settlement just before trial for a carpenter at a construction project who fell from a ladder that he had placed on top of a rolling scaffold, sustaining lower back and knee injuries.
  • $1,300,000 Settlement for a Brooklyn bicyclist whose prior neck and back injuries were aggravated after being struck by a van.
  • $1,250,000 Settlement for a Queens man who was involved in a motor vehicle accident and underwent a neck surgery.
  • $1,250,000 Settlement for a Suffolk County electrician who fell from a ladder and injured his spine.
  • $1,200,000 for a 54 year old female in Nassau County who exacerbated prior neck and back injuries requiring surgery.
  • $1,200,000 for a 50 year old woman who aggravated a prior neck injury in a motor vehicle collision.
  • $1,175,000 Settlement for an HVAC mechanic who suffered tibia fractures after fall from ladder.
  • $1,175,000 Settlement on the eve of trial for a woman with long standing and preexisting cervical herniations. The victim was struck by unsafely stacked products in a large supermarket.  
  • $1,060,000 Settlement for a Long Island man who aggravated a pre-existing back injury in a motor vehicle collision.
  • $1,050,000 Settlement for a Queens woman injured after a collision with a truck.
  • $1,000,000 Settlement for a Suffolk County female who underwent a neck surgery after a motor vehicle accident.
  • $1,000,000 Settlement following a Jury Verdict in the Bronx for a 14 year-old who had arthroscopic knee surgery after an accident.
  • $1,000,000 Settlement for a plumber injured when his ladder slid out from underneath him, causing him to fall.
  • $950,000 for a restaurant manager who claimed his employer discriminated against him based on his physical disability.

Published Articles

  • Court of Appeals Refuses to Limit Scope of Labor Law Section 240(1), New York Law Journal (January 20, 2012).
  • Recent Section 240(1) Decisions Offer Guidance, New York Law Journal (November 14, 2011).
  • Can Injured, Undocumented Construction Workers Recover Lost Wages?, New York Law Journal (February 22, 2010).
  • Labor Law Symposium, Bill of Particulars (Winter 2010).
  • Still Debating What 'Falls' Within Labor Law Section 240(1), New York Law Journal (November 1, 2010).
  • A Look Back At Runner v. New York Stock Exchange: What Did It Mean For Labor Law Section 240?, Bill of Particulars (Fall 2010).


  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York State Trial Lawyers' Association
  • New York State Trial Lawyers' Association Labor Law Committee
  • The National Trial Lawyers "Top 40 Under 40"
  • Super Lawyers 2013 Metro Rising Stars

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers - The National Trial Lawyers
  • Top 40 Under 40 - The National Trial Lawyers
  • Metro Rising Stars - Super Lawyers
  • Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum