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David A. Warnick

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David A. Warnick concentrates his practice in products liability, general liability, transportation, and insurance coverage disputes. He currently serves as national coordinating counsel (NCC) relating to product liability disputes involving commercial lighting products. The NCC role involves multiple countries and navigation of international laws, local rules and of course, different cultures. David’s practice also includes defending excess liability carriers in the most catastrophic types of losses. He also handles a variety of large exposure products liability cases that involve warnings and/or product defect issues in the context of both subrogation and/or personal injury. With respect to insurance coverage matters, David has addressed various disputes in the areas of commercial liability, construction defects, and environmental claims.

David has co-authored The IDC Monograph on the subjects of the doctrine of forum non conveniens (2021) and Sole proximate cause (2022). David’s most recent IDC Quarterly contribution is an analysis he co-wrote of the Illinois Supreme Court's ruling in McQueen v. Green, a ruling that dismantled five decades of Illinois case law (2023). He is also co-authoring an upcoming issue regarding nuclear verdicts and scheduled for publication in 2024. In 2019, David published a stand alone article in the IDC Quarterly about the Neuhengen ruling, which, although not cited, paved the way for the eventual decision in McQueen v. Green.

He recently completed course work at Harvard on cybersecurity and information risk management to help his clients address a dramatic increase in cybersecurity insurance claims. Now, David is studying for the Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) exam.

David received his J.D. from Capital University Law School. While earning his degree, he worked as law clerk for a personal injury law firm. In addition, he externed for Judge Norah McCann King at the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. He also externed at the Federal Public Defenders office in Ohio working on death penalty appeals.

David is also a member of the Chicago Bar Association, DRI and the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel.

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Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
Ohio Supreme Court


Capital University Law School, J.D.
University of Dayton, B.A.


Illinois Defense Counsel, member of the Editorial Board for IDC Quarterly
Member of Illinois State Bar Association
Member of Chicago Bar Association


Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America, 2023-2024
Rising Star, Illinois Super Lawyers, 2021-2023
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