David Pi litigates in state and federal courts, as well as in arbitrations, with a significant focus on insurance and reinsurance coverage disputes. More generally, his experience includes complex commercial litigation and counseling involving business torts and contract disputes for both plaintiffs and defendants.

Recognizing that each client faces unique business and legal challenges, David is committed to working with his clients to find creative solutions to meet their needs. He has a thoughtful and energetic approach to legal practice that has led to successful, efficient results for his clients.

David is committed to pro bono legal work and volunteering in the community. Before entering law school, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania.

  • Experience

    • Obtained partial summary judgment for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, establishing that a co-insurer’s policies with self-insured retentions should be considered primary coverage for purposes of horizontal exhaustion under Illinois law; obtained affirmance of the ruling on appeal in the First District, Illinois Court of Appeals. Lamorak Insurance Co. v. KONE Inc. et al., 2018 IL App (1st) 163398.
    • Briefed successful motion to dismiss a claim of tortious interference against American United Life Insurance Company in a dispute related to general agents that terminated their agreements with Plaintiff. Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co. v. Rotter, No. 17 C 3562, 2018 WL 1453554 (N.D. Ill. March 23, 2018).
    • Briefed a successful partial summary judgment motion with respect to a choice-of-law question in an insurance contract that resulted in significantly reduced liability for the client.
    • Briefed multiple successful oppositions to motions for temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions in complex commercial cases.
    • Successfully represented American United Life Insurance Company in its petition to compel general arbitration in lieu of a panel of actuaries. American United Life Ins. Co. v. The Travelers Indemnity Co. et al., 3:14cv1339 (D. Conn. Aug. 18, 2015).
    • Briefed a successful opposition to a motion to dismiss a breach of contract claim in the insurance context. The claim involved a major health insurer’s underpayment of a community hospital by $20 million and a complex set of facts relating to a “silent PPO” scheme.
    • Briefed a motion to dismiss bad faith and deceptive business practice claims on a class action insurance suit in the Eastern District of New York. Plaintiff voluntarily dismissed the class claim and settled the remaining individual claim below coverage limits.
    • Participated in the resolution of a threatened copyright infringement claim, in which a third-party was accused of plagiarizing material published by Schiff Hardin’s client. The matter was resolved without litigation and with zero liability for the client.
  • Credentials


    • University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 2013
      University of Chicago Legal Forum, Articles Editor
      Thomas R. Mulroy Prize for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy and Oral Argument
    • University of Chicago, B.A., English Language and Literature, 2006, with honors

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

        Professional Memberships

        • AIDA Reinsurance and Insurance Arbitration Society (ARIAS)
        • Korean American Bar Association

        Languages Spoken & Fluency

        • Korean, Conversant
        • Romanian, Conversant
        • French, Conversant
      • Insights

        News Release

        National Immigrant Justice Center Presents David Pi with Rising Star Award

        Schiff Hardin is proud to announce that David Pi has been selected by the National Immigrant Justice Center (NJIC) to be honored with a Rising Stars Award.

        News Release

        Three Schiff Attorneys Join 2018 LCLD Leadership Programs

        Schiff Hardin is pleased to announce that three of its attorneys will participate in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s (LCLD) 2018 leadership programs.

        Speeches & Presentations

        • “Issues with Vacatur - Anything Left to Say?” Intermediaries & Reinsurance Underwriters Association / Reinsurance Networking Group, New York, NY (May 2016)
        • “Recent Developments in U.S. Insurance and Reinsurance Law,” London, UK (Oct. 2015)
        • “Policyholder Consent Judgments: Traps for the Unwary,” U.S. Insurance and Reinsurance Law, London, U.K. (Jun. 2014)
      • Citizenship

        Pro Bono Activities

        David is involved in a variety of pro bono legal matters. He represents asylum seekers through his work with the National Immigrant Justice Center and has represented clients seeking redress for various violations of their constitutional rights. In 2018, David was selected by the National Immigrant Justice Center to be honored with its Rising Stars Award.