An experienced civil litigator, C. David Goerisch handles cases involving a wide range of litigation matters such as complex commercial, class action, antitrust, mass and toxic tort, and products liability cases in federal courts across the country. With significant knowledge of commercial litigation matters, he represents clients in contractual disputes in a variety of industries including agricultural biotechnology, manufacturing, and healthcare. David has considerable experience in commercial arbitration proceedings, including his representation of a manufacturer that resulted in a confirmed arbitration award exceeding $16.5 million in favor of the manufacturer. He also successfully defended agricultural and mining companies in class action proceedings resulting in the denial of class certification.

Prior to joining Lewis Rice, David served as a law clerk with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Office of Staff Attorneys. David was selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers® for 2023-2024.

Practice Areas


  • University of Tulsa School of Law (J.D., 1995)
    • Tulsa Law Journal, notes and comments editor
    • Order of the Curule, Chair
    • Mock Trial Team
    • Jessup International Law Moot Court Team
  • Missouri State University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1992)
    • Electronic Media

Legal Background

  • Law clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Office of Staff Attorneys (1995-1997)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis


  • U.S. Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Courts, Eastern District of Missouri, Northern District of Illinois, Northern District of Oklahoma
  • Missouri Bar
  • Arkansas Bar

Representative Cases

  • Schoenbaum v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 24630 (E.D. Mo. 2008)
  • Palmer v. ASARCO, Inc., 510 F. Supp. 2d 519 (N.D. Okla. 2007)
  • Holder v. Gold Fields Mining Corp., 506 F. Supp. 2d 792 (N.D. Okla. 2007)
  • Blades v. Monsanto Co., 400 F.3d 562 (2006)
  • B.H. v. Gold Fields Mining Corp., 239 F.R.D. 652 (N.D. Okla. 2006)
  • Crystalin, LLC v. Selma Props. (In re Crystalin, LLC), 293 B.R. 455 (B.A.P. 8th Cir. 2003)
  • In re Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., 238 F.3d 1370 (Fed. Cir. 2001)