David L. Scher
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.
Since joining the firm, Mr. Scher has focused his practice primarily on representing construction accident victims, as well as those seriously injured in motor vehicle collisions and other accidents. In his tenure with the firm, Mr. Scher has resolved dozens of multi-million dollar cases on behalf of personal injury plaintiffs. In January of 2014, Mr. Scher, along with Partner Stephen Murphy, secured an $8.8 Million settlement on behalf of a Queens pedestrian who suffered a brain injury after being struck by a van. Mr. Scher also tries cases for the firm; recently taking a 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. 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 was also named to The National Trial Lawyers "Top 40 Under 40" list in 2012, and then was recognized as one of the "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" in 2013, a distinction reserved for those attorneys who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile. Mr. Scher was also selected to the Super Lawyers "2013 Metro Rising Stars list", an honor reserved for less than 2.5% of the lawyers in New York State, who are deemed to exhibit excellence in practice.
Mr. Scher is also known for his legal writing and appellate work. He heads the firm's appellate and complex motion practices, and regularly argues before the Appellate Division. 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 highest court in New York State on behalf of over 5,000 trial lawyers throughout the State. The result was the landmark Court of Appeals 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 also believes deeply in helping those in need outside of his legal work, and is involved in a wide array of charitable endeavors. He is a proud committee member for an annual wine tasting event in Manhattan that supports the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which 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 The St. Jude Children's Hospital.
- $8,800,000 Settlement for a Queens pedestrian who suffered a brain injury after being struck by a van.
- $5,500,000 Settlement for an electrician who sustained a traumatic brain injury after falling from an extension ladder.
- $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 a 57 Year-Old female pedestrian who sustained a neck injury after being struck by a van.
- $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 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.
- $1,490,000 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 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 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 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.
- 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