Philadelphia partner David F. Abernethy was recently inducted as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in the country.

David is a trial lawyer with many years of experience defending products liability and other cases. His recent trial experience has focused primarily on the defense of cases involving pharmaceutical products, medical devices and chemical products. Over more than three decades in practice at Drinker, David has prepared and tried many other cases including contract and commercial disputes, consumer class actions, insurance coverage disputes relating to general, directors’ and officers’ and professional liability policies, and civil rights cases.Formerly the firm’s pro bono partner, he continues to take an active role in the Public Interest Committee, which is responsible for encouraging and coordinating pro bono efforts.

David joins Drinker Biddle lawyers Thomas F. Campion, Daniel J. Collins, Kenneth A. Murphy, Gordon B. Nash and Alfred W. Putnam as fellows.

Founded in 1950, the College comprises the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years of trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.