David Knapp


In his insurance coverage and complex commercial litigation practice, David believes that it is critical to provide straightforward counsel at the outset, in order to develop an effective strategy and avoid unnecessary litigation. David’s experience covers a broad array of coverages, including general liability, excess/umbrella, pollution, builder’s risk, auto, property, employee dishonesty, professional, tech E&O, and cyber. He counsels clients on insurance coverage issues, performs detailed policy and insurance program reviews, drafts insurance procurement requirements in contracts and subcontracts, and works with insurance brokers to optimize coverage for clients. When a matter must be litigated, David is a dedicated and outspoken advocate for his clients. He has litigated complex insurance coverage issues, such as environmental, asbestos, personal and advertising injury, trigger of coverage, allocation, priority, anti-stacking, late notice, bad faith, and more.

David also represents both small and large businesses in breach of contract, breach of warranty, UCC, and other complex commercial litigation. He has extensive experience dealing with complex e-discovery issues and managing large cases in an efficient and cost-effective manner, and has been successful obtaining monetary and other sanctions for e-discovery abuses.

Outside of work, David enjoys hiking with his family and woodworking.



  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2007
    Articles Editor, Brooklyn Law Review
  • State University of New York at Geneseo, B.A. Political Science, magna cum laude, 2004
    – Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
    – Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Honors Society

Admissions to Practice

  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts of New York (Western, Southern, Northern)


  • Litigation Counsel of America
    Associate Fellow
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Monroe County Bar Association

Presentations & PUBLICATIONS

  • "Effective Risk Transfer: Indemnification and Insurance in Construction Contracts." ROBEX Magazine, Builders Exchange of Rochester, November 2018. (Co-Author)
  • "Demystifying Insurance Coverage Requirements and Indemnity in Construction Contracts." Rochester Home Builders' Association Seminar, 2018.
  • "Insurance Coverage: Additional, Horizontal, Vertical or Some Other Way." New York State Bar Association Seminar on Labor Law Claims, Coverage & Litigation, 2016.
  • "Effective File Handling: Discoverability of Claim Files, Requests for Reserve Information, Bad Faith and More." New York State Bar Association, Law School for Insurance Professionals, 2015.
  • "Declaratory Judgment Actions, Discovery & Trial." New York State Bar Association, Insurance Coverage Update, 2015.
  • "Social Media: Liability and Coverage." PLRB/LIRB Annual Claims Conference, 2014. (Co-Author)


  • Recipient of 2017 Sheldon Hurwitz Young Lawyer Award for outstanding contribution to the practice of law in the field of insurance from the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.


  • Pancreatic Cancer Association of Western New York
    Planning Committee