David Marcus has served as lead counsel in numerous jury trials, helping to safeguard the rights of individuals and small business owners all across the country. In recent years, his practice has focused on intellectual property disputes, including cases involving alleged patent infringement and copyright infringement. This has given him the opportunity to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. At the same time, he continues to zealously advocate for clients in state courts, in cases involving alleged breaches of contract and business and consumer fraud.
Where are you from?
I was born in Easton, Pa., but my family moved west when I was four years old. We spent a year or so in the Phoenix area before my stepfather took a job in Las Vegas. We moved to Las Vegas and I spent the rest of my childhood there. My mother still works there as a pharmacist.
Where did you attend college and law school?
I attended college at Arizona State University in Tempe and graduated with a B.S. in political science. I applied to several law schools, and was accepted by Arizona State and the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. I decided on the University of Minnesota because I had never been to the Midwest and thought the change of scenery would help me focus. It took some time to get used to the colder environment, but I eventually acclimated. I graduated law school with honors in 1996.
What brought you to Kansas City?
I was recruited by a large, Kansas City-based law firm during my final year of law school. The firm had a good reputation and it seemed like a good opportunity to begin my legal career on the right foot. I’ve been in the area ever since and am proud to call Kansas City my home.
What made you decide to start your own law firm?
It was back in 2005. I had been an attorney for about nine years and was a newly minted partner at a well-regarded, boutique litigation firm. I was filled with lots of big ideas about how we could do things better, from the way we marketed our attorney services to clients to the way we represented our clients’ interests. The senior partners at the firm—all great people—didn’t see any need to change. They had enjoyed tremendous success doing things the old way. I decided to take a chance and follow my heart. It was not easy, but it absolutely was the right thing to do.
Where have you been admitted to practice law?
I have been licensed to practice law in Arizona, Kansas and Missouri.
Why should a person or a business looking for an attorney choose you?
I have handled many different types of cases for many different types of clients, from individuals to small businesses to large businesses and corporate conglomerates. Generally speaking, when it comes to litigation, I have seen it all before so very little surprises me. This experience can be helpful when you are counting on your attorney to tell you what is coming next. Also, I become personally invested in my clients’ cases. Their problems become my problems, and I become obsessed with trying to solve them. If you hire me, I will think about your case more than you do. It is rare that an attorney can say that.