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David J. Lehman

Partner
+1.412.355.6738
Fax +1.412.355.6501

Mr. Lehman concentrates in providing corporate, business and tax counseling to privately-held companies, including representing clients in transactions involving equity and debt financing, formation and start-up, venture capital, sales, mergers and acquisitions, technology licensing, and information technology. Mr. Lehman has experience in structuring transactions, including joint ventures, partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations. Mr. Lehman often represents technology clients beginning at their earliest stages, and assists them through critical periods of growth, and in their ultimate exit. Mr. Lehman also has extensive experience in the aspects of real estate transactions, including financing, leasing, development, purchasing and selling real estate.

Mr. Lehman is a co-head of the K&L Gates artificial intelligence initiative.

Professional Background

Mr. Lehman has lectured extensively, including at Carnegie Mellon University, on various topics, including legal issues faced by entrepreneurs in start-ups enterprises and joint ventures. Mr. Lehman has also taught courses at Carnegie Mellon University in Law & Public Policy.

Mr. Lehman has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the 2004 through 2017 editions in the area of corporate law. He has also been recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for his professional achievement. Mr. Lehman wrote a published article “Strategic Partnerships – Considerations for Growth Companies.”

Mr. Lehman is a frequent speaker and author on such topics as strategic licensing, private equity, corporate formation, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and joint venture partnerships. Recent speaking engagements include:

  • National Business Institute – “Partnerships from Start to Finish”, Faculty
  • K&L Gates – “Venture Capital Investment”, Faculty
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute – “Mergers and Acquisitions”, Faculty
Mr. Lehman is co-founder of the StartSmart Series in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University's Project Olympus and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law's Innovation Practice Institute, including being the featured presenter for the following lectures:

  • Maximizing Value in the Sale of a Company
  • Start-Up Capital Pitfalls, and the Impact of the JOBS Act
  • Understanding Investment Securities for Start-ups
  • Structuring and Leveraging "Partnering" Arrangements
  • Employment/Employee Equity Maters
  • Taking Money from Friends and Family: Avoiding the Pitfall
  • Structuring Start-ups and Related Legal Roadmaps
Highlighted Transactions
Mr. Lehman co-led the negotiations of a $750 million settlement on behalf of Carnegie Mellon University in a patent litigation lawsuit against Marvell Technology Group. He also represented Knopp Neurosciences Inc. in connection with its $355M strategic license with Biogen Idec, Inc. for Knopp’s ALS Drug.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Board President, City Charter High School
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Pittsburgh Technology Council
  • Mr. Lehman is a former member of the Board of Directors of 3 Rivers Connect (including Vice-Chair of the Board and Chair of Nominating Committee and Audit Committee), a former member of the Board of Directors of the MIT Enterprise Forum and Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, and a former Director and Officer of Housing Opportunities, Inc.