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Litigator David W. deBruin Joins Gawthrop Greenwood, PC in Greater Wilmington

David W. deBruin
David W. deBruin has joined the firm as a partner focusing his practice in complex tort litigation, commercial litigation, commercial bankruptcy and intellectual property cases. Dave can be reached at

Trial lawyer and litigator David W. deBruin has joined the law firm Gawthrop Greenwood, PC, practicing in complex tort, commercial litigation, commercial bankruptcy, business law and intellectual property.

“David is well-known and well-respected for his extensive knowledge of Delaware’s rules of civil procedure, courtroom procedures, best practices and esteemed judiciary. He frequently acts as co-counsel or local counsel for some of the nation’s leading law firms, and will be of great benefit to clients in our Greater Wilmington office,” says Sandra L. Knapp, Chair of the Gawthrop Greenwood Management Committee.

Licensed to practice in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, deBruin handles a full array of civil litigation cases. From product liability and catastrophic personal injury, to corporate litigation running the gamut from simple breach of contract cases to complex shareholder derivative lawsuits, as well as patent infringement. With significant experience in all aspects of bankruptcy law, David protects creditors’ interests in Chapter 11, Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceedings. He represents financial institutions, landlords, equipment lessors, purchasers of assets, judgment creditors, Chapter 7 trustees and Unsecured Creditors’ and Equity Committees.

Before joining Gawthrop Greenwood, PC, deBruin was founder of The deBruin Firm in Wilmington, where Delaware’s Superior Court appointed DeBruin as the first ever Plaintiffs’ Coordinating Counsel for asbestos litigation in the state. His complex litigation caseload included cases involving mesothelioma, toxic chemical exposure, pharmaceutical and medical devices, as well as patent infringement, business law, breach of contract and violation of non-compete clauses, medical practice separation and shareholder derivative litigation. He also handled creditors’ rights enforcement and committee work in the United States Bankruptcy Court District of Delaware.

A member the Delaware Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the New Jersey Bar Association, deBruin is also an active member of the American Association for Justice, the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association and the Richard S. Rodney Inn of Court. He has co-authored multiple amicus curiae briefs on behalf of the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association. In addition, he was an editor and columnist for The Journal of the Delaware State Bar Association from 2008 to 2017.

A graduate of the University of Maryland, where he lettered in college football and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice, deBruin went on to earn his Juris Doctor at Widener University School of Law. He donates his time to Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, where he has represented victims of domestic abuse in protection from abuse (PFA) proceedings and trials since 2005.


Gawthrop Greenwood, PC has offices in West Chester, PA and Wilmington, DE serving clients throughout the greater mid-Atlantic region and nation. For more than a century, the firm has stood behind its core principle of providing high-quality legal services with personal attention. Gawthrop Greenwood’s diverse portfolio of clients comprises entrepreneurs, businesses, and governmental entities that entrust the firm with their representation in a wide range of matters including mergers and acquisitions, commercial litigation, estate and tax planning, land use and development, and domestic relations. A complete listing of the firm’s practice areas and attorneys, as well as a variety of legal resources, can be found at

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