Dave Scriven-Young

Dave Scriven-Young

Host of Litigation Radio

Dave Scriven-Young is a commercial and environmental litigator in the Chicago office of Peckar & Abramson, which is recognized as the largest law firm serving the construction industry, with 115 lawyers and 10 offices around the United States.  He regularly speaks and publishes on environmental and construction law issues.  He is the author of the Illinois Environmental Law blog, which provides news and updates on cases, laws, and regulations involving Illinois environmental issues.  He also holds several leadership positions in the American Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association as well as his church and community, including holding elected office in his local township.
Dave earned his Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Marquette University and his law degree, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, from DePaul University College of Law, where he was on law review and was an extern for the Honorable Blanche M. Manning, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  Dave’s interests include ice hockey, baseball, emotional intelligence, and all things Disney.
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Recent Episodes
February 20, 2024

How Today’s (And Tomorrow’s) Legal Tech Can Up Your Game

Nothing replaces your legal skills. But hear from a leader in tech how today’s tools, and coming tools, can make you better, faster, and more successful.

January 16, 2024

New Lawyer? Tips for Fitting in, Standing Out, and Learning on the Job

Joining a new firm as a new lawyer can leave you feeling a bit lost. These tips for getting started, fitting in, and standing out will help you ease in.

January 4, 2024

Finding New Clients

Guest Merrick Gross isn't just a great lawyer, he's great at building his business. Learn how to find new clients by being friendly, approachable, and nice.

December 19, 2023

Well-Being in the Legal Profession: You Are Not Alone

Well-being and mental health are serious issues facing the legal profession. Learn about initiatives and programs for help.

December 7, 2023

The George Floyd Murder and Next Steps in the Fight Against Police Violence

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison led the prosecution of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin following the murder of George Floyd.

November 21, 2023

Student Loans and the End of Forbearance

The student loan roller coaster ride never ends. Attorney Latife Neu, who specializes in student loan law, walks us through the latest developments.

November 7, 2023

International Arbitration: When Your Case Needs a Passport

When contractual and investment disagreements cross borders, international arbitration becomes a challenge for even the best lawyers.

October 18, 2023

(New) Order In The Court? A Focus On Judicial Ethics And Bias

Ethical questions at the nation’s highest court are fueling a renewed focus on judicial ethics. How can bias and perception tilt the scales?

October 3, 2023

Environmental Justice: Fighting for Fairness and a Safe Environment

Hear how litigators are leading the fight for environmental justice and clean air and water.

September 19, 2023

Pro Bono Burnout: What Can We Do? A Panel Discussion

Let’s talk about burnout in the pro bono world. It’s real and we can’t ignore it. A panel of experts explores the syndrome and solutions.

September 5, 2023

What’s Up With SCOTUS? The Shadow Docket, Accountability, And Justice

Guest Stephen Vladeck, law professor and bestselling author, finds a U.S. Supreme Court in crisis and ruling without accountability. What’s next?

August 15, 2023

AI, The Law, And Your Firm: What You Need To Know Today

You’ve heard of Artificial Intelligence (AI), but do you know how it applies to your firm and your cases? (And what dangers lurk beneath the surface?)

August 1, 2023

The Toll It Takes: Litigation, Substance Abuse, And (Maybe) You

Guest Jason Ward built his own successful firm. But hard work, pressure, and deadlines took a toll and led to substance abuse. It can happen to anyone.

July 18, 2023

Women in Litigation Joint CLE Conference (Be There!)

The ABA Litigation Section’s Women in Litigation Joint CLE Conference will be in San Diego November 1-3. Hear why networking, relationships, and mentoring are so important to female litigators.

July 4, 2023

Working With Hearing-Impaired Counsel to Overcome Challenges and Advance Inclusion in the Legal Profession

The law is crafted to be fair, but the world is not. Effective communication is key. Learn how to accommodate counsel with hearing loss to ensure a level playing field.

June 20, 2023

Focus Groups and Litigation: Fine Tune Your Trial Strategy

Focus groups are a common marketing tool to identify how messaging resonates with customers. Learn how focus groups can help litigators fine tune their trial strategy and evaluate expert witnesses.

June 6, 2023

Mastering Litigation: Effective Communication for Legal Success

Law school graduates probably know the law pretty well. But putting that knowledge to work takes more. Learn to communicate and listen.

May 16, 2023

Unlocking Success: Building a Strong Network, Balancing Life, and Developing Your Business

Welcome to the latest episode of Litigation Radio, where we explore the intersection of business, marketing, and personal growth. We are joined by special guest Steve Fretzin, a highly sought-after business coach...

May 2, 2023

Navigating the Bar Exam as a Foreign-Trained Lawyer

Becoming a lawyer in the United States is a complicated process, particularly for foreign trained attorneys or international students. In this episode, we are joined by Edzyl Magante, who shares his journey...

April 18, 2023

Managing Risk and Reducing Costs in Class Action Litigation

Class action spending has increased for eight consecutive years and is expected to be one of the fastest-growing areas of legal spending in 2023. Join us in this episode as we dive...

April 4, 2023

The Power of Mentoring Relationships for Lawyers

Building Lasting Connections in Law: The Importance of Mentorship in the Legal Profession

March 28, 2023

The Changing Landscape of American Civil Rights and What to Expect at the Litigation Section’s Annual Conference

From Orangeburg to Ahmaud, host Dave Scriven-Young welcomes Bakari Sellers to discuss civil rights in the United States, then and now. Later, Henry R. Chalmers joins to talk about what you can...

March 16, 2023

Legal Challenges Of Blockchain Technology

More and more legal professionals are becoming familiar with blockchain technology, whether in advising clients on the legal implications of potential blockchain initiatives, dealing with an evolving regulatory landscape, or handling disputes...

February 21, 2023

Combating Anti-Corporate Bias in the Courtroom

Where does Corporate America stand today in terms of public perception, and how does this impact individual corporate clients? All persons, including corporations, are supposed to be equal before the law; however,...

February 7, 2023

ADR and the Increasing Popularity of Collaborative Law

The rising costs of litigation and increased pressure to control legal budgets has made alternative dispute resolution a desirable way to resolve legal disputes. Mediation and arbitration are two well-known ADR methods,...

January 17, 2023

Client Retention Strategies and Building Relationships with In-House Counsel

How do litigators maintain relationships with in-house counsel and help their law firms keep clients for the long term? Effective client retention can be the difference between flourishing and failure, and for...

January 3, 2023

Ten Tips for Building a Scalable and Sustainable Law Practice

The legal industry is constantly changing. So, how can litigators keep up and build a scalable, sustainable, and profitable law practice?

December 20, 2022

America’s Prisons – Mass Incarceration, Violence, and the Fight for Prisoners’ Rights

With one of the largest prison populations in the world, our American prison system has shocking problems; including abuse, violence and consistent violations of prisoners' rights.

December 6, 2022

Starting and Building a Niche Law Practice

How building a niche practice is one of the best ways to develop a profitable law practice and better serve your clients.

November 15, 2022

Do Lawyers Ever Agree? Tips on Meet and Confer Conferences

Many areas of the law require attorneys to meet and confer, meaning lawyers must communicate the basis for their disagreement on a legal issue and make a meaningful attempt to reach a...

November 1, 2022

Election Law: The Fight for Voter Protection and Election Integrity

With just a week until the 2022 midterm elections, several voters are already hitting the polls; and conversations surrounding election laws, voter protection and election integrity have once again been brought to...

October 18, 2022

The Trump Mar-a-Lago Search: What Can We Learn from the Case?

On August 8th, 2022, federal agents searched former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, Florida. Since the search, the public has actively tuned into the various legal and political twists and turns...

October 4, 2022

The Supreme Court’s Blockbuster New Term

The U.S. Supreme Court had a historic last term. With the court's new term beginning October 3rd, what can people expect?

September 20, 2022

ADR and the Professional Responsibility of Lawyers

Experts and companies often see alternative dispute resolution as a sensible, cost effective way to resolve matters out of court. For all of those purported efficiencies for businesses, individual plaintiffs and their...

September 6, 2022

Twitter vs. Elon Musk Showdown: What could happen in court? Experts Weigh In

The lawsuit between Twitter and Elon Musk's $44 billion acquisition deal is set to head to trial in October. How is the lawsuit likely to play out in court?

August 2, 2022

How to Succeed as a Trial Lawyer? –Tips in Appellate Litigation

Unlike trials, appeals involve different strategies, procedures, and perspective. That’s why understanding how the appellate process works, and the strategies involved to improve your case on appeal is critical to the success...

July 5, 2022

How to Effectively Depose a Financial Expert Witness

The opinions of financial experts are critical to many litigation cases. Financial experts can help suggest financial damages, provide testimony on causation, help a jury better understand complex financial matters and much...

June 7, 2022

Next Level Networking for Lawyers, with Jordan Harbinger

How to build relationships that bring in Business; and the importance of Networking for long-term Success with Jordan Harbinger

May 17, 2022

Serving at the Pleasure of the President

Former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey discusses his role leading the Department of Justice

May 17, 2022

Ransomware and Cybersecurity Attacks: How to Better Protect your Clients

Advising Clients, Litigating Liability, and Maximizing Insurance Recovery through ransomeware and cyber breach

May 17, 2022

How to Handle the Unexpected in Court

What to Do When it All Goes Wrong: Strategies for Dealing with the Unexpected During Trial

May 17, 2022

Highlights from the ABA Litigation Section: 2022 Annual Conference

The Section Annual Conference is the premier event for litigators. It brings together top litigation professionals from across the country to discuss timely legal issues and the latest in trial advocacy, litigation...

May 3, 2022

Litigation Finance for Parties and Law Firms with Jason Levine

Litigation funding is an attractive option for many businesses and law firms. Learn how to obtain litigation financing for commercial litigation cases, and the value of this increasingly mainstream funding solution.

April 5, 2022

Taking Law Firm Business Development to the Next Level: Successful Strategies for Lawyers and Litigators

Is it true that you can't market litigation? Litigators face distinct business development challenges. Discover successful strategies to get more clients, grow your business and advance your legal career.

February 1, 2022

The Need for Pro Bono

Are you a lawyer who wants to make a real difference?

January 4, 2022

Law Clerks

“The partnership between a federal judge and the judge’s clerk can be splendid and mutually rewarding relationship”

December 7, 2021

Lawyers are Leaders with Uber’s Tony West

Running Uber’s legal operations is not an easy job but Tony West is up for the challenge. Tune in to hear how he gets it done with one of the best teams...

November 2, 2021

Reinventing Witness Preparation

Saying it clear, complete, and true can be the path to victory!

October 26, 2021

2021 Women in Litigation Joint CLE Conference

Tune in to hear what the ABA Litigation Section is doing to get more women into lead trial roles.

October 5, 2021

The New Supreme Court Term

What awaits us at the Supreme Court? Erwin Chemerinsky stops by to make predictions about the important cases of this term.