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J. David Ziegler


Two PPG Place, Suite 400
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-5402
T: 800-243-5412
D: 412-281-7272
F: 888-811-7144

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®

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

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


Admissions and Licenses:

  • Pennsylvania Bar Admission
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania


  • 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
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute

Community Involvement:

  • 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


  • J.D., The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University; Gourley Moot Court Trial Competition Team; Corpus Juris Society
  • B.A., West Virginia University, Finance