J. David Ziegler

J. David Ziegler: Attorney with Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. AV stamp icon
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J. David Ziegler is a shareholder of Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. He concentrates his practice in real estate matters and insurance defense litigation. With regard to his real estate practice, he has handled a wide variety of matters including real estate litigation; title insurance defense litigation; title opinions for minerals, oil and gas; title insurance; and title agency E&O defense. With regard to his insurance defense litigation practice, Mr. Ziegler handles insurance defense litigation matters, with a particular emphasis in insurance bad faith litigation, professional malpractice, and insurance coverage issues. He is a member of the firm’s Energy Group, Insurance Law and Litigation Group, and Real Estate Group.

Mr. Ziegler has successfully tried jury and non-jury cases to verdict in both Pennsylvania state and federal courts, including cases involving allegations of insurance bad faith.

Mr. Ziegler has also achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Scouting and a rare honor received by less than five percent of all Scouts.

Professional Accomplishments

•AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell


•National Eagle Scout Association - Pittsburgh Chapter “Annual Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner” (Sponsor)
•Serves as a coach for several of his children’s sports teams, including softball and soccer
•Provides legal services for his church

Presentations & Publications

Speaking Engagements

•Conducted several seminars for various clients relating to the avoidance of bad faith claims and best claims handling practices
•Provided a variety of presentations to numerous clients regarding the issues of premises liability in Pennsylvania
•Spoke several times relating to building codes in Pennsylvania and the legal aspects of code enforcement
•Presented several in house seminars to the firm’s paralegals regarding social media and discovery of social media content in litigation


•“ Assignability of Statutory Bad Faith Claims: Pennsylvania Rulings May Have Far-Reaching Consequences ” (Co-Author), Claims Management magazine, Dec. 2014, Issue 12, Vol. 3, 2014 Bad Faith Supplement, pp. 22-23
•“Recent Superior Court Decision Places Lien Priority Granted to Open-End Mortgages at Risk” (Co-Author), NAIOP’s DevelopingPittsburgh, Fall 2012, pp. 48-49


3/2/2015 Articles

Why Oil and Gas Companies Should Include Tolling Provisions in Their Leases

12/19/2014 Articles

Bad Faith: Are Statutory Bad Faith Claims Assignable in the Context of Third Party Tort Claims?

Press Releases

2/4/2016 Press Releases

Dickie McCamey Lawyers Obtain Rescission of $25M Product Contamination Policy For Client In Coverage Dispute

2/12/2015 Press Releases

Jazwinski and Warhola to lead Dickie McCamey’s Real Estate Group

1/14/2013 Press Releases

DMC Announces New Shareholders

9/1/2012 Press Releases

Mechanic’s Lien Law and Open-End Mortgages

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Energy
  • Insurance Law and Litigation
  • Oil and Gas
  • Real Estate

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
412-392-5358  Phone
888-811-7144  Fax
University Attended:
West Virginia University, B.A., Finance, 1997
Law School Attended:
The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University, J.D., Member of the Gourley Moot Court Trial Competition Team and Corpus Juris Society, 2004
Year of First Admission:
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania; United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania; United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania; United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit


•Allegheny County Bar Association
•American Bar Association
•Association of Desk and Derrick Clubs - Three Rivers Chapter (Director at Large)
•Claims and Litigation Management (CLM) Alliance
•Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
•Pennsylvania Bar Association
•Pennsylvania Defense Institute

Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: Authored numerous complex oil and gas title opinions for several national and regional producers of oil and gas; Closed over 350 residential and commercial real estate transactions ranging from $50,000 to over $1 million; Successfully argued the preclusion of bad faith expert testimony in several bad faith cases including Connelly v. Allstate Ins. Co. (Allegheny Co., 2008) and Smith v. Allstate Ins. Co. (W.D. Pa. 2012); Successfully briefed and argued case for reverse bad faith in Javoriski v. Nationwide (M.D. Pa., 2007); Successfully negotiated multi-million dollar stock purchase of a closed corporation; Successfully defended and mediated multi-million dollar mechanics' lien claims for less than 30% of their total value despite the Commerce Bank/Harrisburg, N.A. v. Kessler decision; Obtained summary judgment against a mechanics' lien claimant seeking in excess of $1 million in bankruptcy court based upon 2006 amendments to Pennsylvania Mechanics' Lien Law

Peer Reviews

4.7/5.0 (9 reviews)
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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Senior Associate on 09/14/12 in Medical Malpractice

    I have worked on two separate lawsuits in which Dave was opposing counsel. He is a great attorney, professional, fair and intelligent. He exemplifies how the law should be practiced.

    I have worked on two separate lawsuits in which Dave was opposing counsel. He is a great attorney, professional, fair and intelligent. He exemplifies how the law should be practiced. Read less

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Senior Associate on 08/14/12 in Defense Litigation

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