David M. Knapp focuses his practice on insurance coverage, insurance counseling, and complex commercial litigation. His experience covers a broad array of coverages, including general liability, excess/umbrella, D&O, 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. David 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.

He frequently speaks and writes on insurance coverage issues, including as an Expert Commentator for the International Risk Management Institute (IRMI).

Articles & Publications

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York

  • 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

Professional Associations
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Monroe County Bar Association

Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2024
  • Litigation Counsel of America
    • Associate Fellow
  • New York State Bar Association, Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section, Sheldon Hurwitz Young Lawyer Award, 2017

Community Involvement 
  • Pancreatic Cancer Association of Western New York
    • Planning Committee

Speaking Engagements
  • "Insurance for Today's Social Media Risks," Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce Chamber Counsel, Rochester, June 2019
  • "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
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