David G. Brock

Senior Counsel

Mr. Brock is senior counsel in the Firm’s Litigation practice group. Over the past four decades, Mr. Brock has practiced principally in the defense of tort and insurance-related litigation. Prior to joining Kavinoky Cook LLP, he was a partner in Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel, LLP, which he joined in 1977 after five years as a staff attorney at Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. Mr. Brock’s practice has included broad experience in municipal liability, legal ethics and malpractice, as well as product liability and premises liability litigation. He has defended liability, product and vehicle cases for both insurance carriers and self-insureds, including public utility, transit, waste disposal and numerous manufacturing companies. He is New York State counsel to an international heavy truck and road equipment manufacturer as well as a regional waste disposal company. He has actively defended municipalities throughout New York State in various tort litigation, and counsels attorneys in professional liability and disciplinary matters. In addition, he is a certified Federal Court Mediator for the Western District of New York.

Academic Background

  • Union College (B.A., 1967)
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School (J.D., 1972)

Principal Areas of Practice

Civil Litigation; Negligence; Personal Injury; Products Liability; Professional Liability; Legal Ethics; Insurance Coverage and Litigation; Arbitration and Mediation; Trials and Appeals


  • Board of Editors, Advocacy in the 21st Century, IADC, 2001
  • Editorial Advisory Board, New York Objections, James Publishing, Inc., 1998
  • Instructor, Emory University School of Law, Trial Techniques, 1985, 1992
  • Instructor, IADC Defense Trial Academy, Boulder Colorado, 1992
  • Director, Western New York Trial Academy, 1994, 1998
  • Author, To Get the Best Result, Prepare for the Worst: Preparing the Witness for Deposition, IADC, 1994

Speaking Engagements

  • Local Chair, Introductory Lessons on Ethics and Civility, 2013-2016, New York State Bar Association
  • Ethics 2016: Continuing Evolution of the Rules of Professional Conduct, 2016, New York State Bar Association
  • Corporate Counsel Grievances and Conflicts: How to Avoid Them, 2015, sponsored by Niagara Frontier Corporate Counsel Association (NFCCA) and SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association
  • Legal Ethics: Hot Topics and Current Events, 2014, National Business Institute
  • Dealing with Difficult Clients, 2013, Erie Institute of Law
  • Ethics Updates for Civil Litigators, 2012, Erie Institute of Law
  • Legal Ethics for Everyday Practice, 2012, National Business Institute

Membership & Offices

  • Erie County Bar Association (Member, Board of Directors, 1996-1999, Committee on Professional Ethics, 1985 – present; (Chairman, 1991-94), Judiciary Committee, 2002 – 2012)
  • New York State Bar Association (Member: Torts Insurance and Compensation Law Section, Trial Lawyers Section)
  • American Bar Association
  • Appellate Division 4th Department, Eighth Judicial District Attorney Grievance Committee, 1994-2000 (Vice-Chair 1997-2000); 2008-2014 (Chair 2013-2014)
  • Western New York Trial Lawyers Association (Director, 1993-1995)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (Member, Journal Board of Editors, 1992-Present)
  • Defense Research Institute, Inc.
  • Master, Charles S. Desmond American Inn of Court (President 2003)

Community Service

  • Regional Board of Directors, The National Conference for Community and Justice (2003 – 2005)
  • University at Buffalo Law Alumni Association Vice-President (2003)
  • Board of Directors, Planned Parenthood of Buffalo and Erie County (Chair, 2006-2007)
  • Planned Parenthood of Western NY, Board Chair (2009-2010), Recipient of the William B. Hoyt Advocacy for Choice Award (2012)
  • Board of Directors, Lower West Side Community Enrichment Center, Inc. (1999-2001)
  • Temple Beth Zion, Board of Directors (President, 1996-1998), Recipient of the “Man of the Year “Award (2009)
  • Board of Directors, Jewish Family Service (2010-2015)
  • Board of Trustees, The Park School (2011-Present)

Awards & Achievements

  • Listed, “Who’s Who in Law,” Published by Business First of Buffalo
  • Listed in the Best Lawyers in America directory, published annually by Woodward/White, Inc. (2006 – Present)
  • Listed in the Upstate New York Super Lawyers directory, published annually by Thomson Reuters. (Top 50 Lawyers in Upstate New York, 2016)
  • Recognized as the 2010 Defense Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Defense Trial Lawyers Association of Western New York
Contact Information

Phone: 716-845-6000
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