Dave has devoted thousands of hours to pro bono advocacy.
From 2007 to 2016, he led a Schiff Hardin team that represented an inmate on Georgia's Death Row. His work included an oral argument before the Eleventh Circuit; two petitions for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court; leading the six-lawyer trial team at the evidentiary hearing on our client's state habeas corpus petition; and presenting a clemency petition and arguing for our client’s life before the Board of Pardons and Paroles.
Previously, Dave represented an Illinois Death Row inmate whose conviction and sentence had been obtained under Illinois' widely criticized capital punishment system. When Governor Ryan issued his clemency decisions affecting more than 160 Death Row inmates, our client was one of only four who received a pardon.
In January 2002, Dave successfully represented an athlete in a multi-day arbitration involving accusations that two other competitors threw an Olympic qualifying race so that our client could make the U.S. team.