David J. Caputo
David J. Caputo is a founding partner of Youman & Caputo. A Harvard Law School graduate and former federal prosecutor, Caputo has achieved record-breaking results representing both whistleblowers and catastrophic injury victims.
Caputo has a national whistleblower practice. He represents clients with information about a variety of schemes to defraud the government, particularly Medicare and Medicaid fraud. His accomplishments include representing the whistleblower in a $35 million United States False Claims Act settlement in Arizona, the largest in state history.
Caputo has obtained equally impressive results for his catastrophic injury clients. He is a skilled and experienced trial lawyer who has represented more than 40 clients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey whose cases resulted in verdicts or settlements of $1 million or more. Among those results is his $21.8 million medical malpractice verdict in Delaware County, one of the largest verdicts in the court’s history and one of the 100 largest verdicts in the country in 2015.
Caputo has consistently been selected as among the top five percent of attorneys in Pennsylvania by the independent rating service Super Lawyers based on balloting of attorneys statewide and evaluation by a special blue-ribbon panel.
Prior to co-founding Youman & Caputo in January 2017, Caputo was a partner at Kline & Specter, the largest plaintiffs’ firm in the state of Pennsylvania.
After graduating from Harvard Law School, Caputo served as a judicial law clerk for The Honorable J. Curtis Joyner of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 1996 to 1997. In 1997, Caputo joined Dechert, one of Philadelphia’s largest and most prestigious defense firms, as an associate. His practice included a broad range of civil and criminal litigation, including both defamation defense (representing The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News in libel cases) and health care fraud litigation.
In 2002, Caputo joined Kline & Specter and, for the next six years, he worked on some of the firm’s most notable catastrophic injury cases, including the Pier 34, Village Green, White v. Ford, and Sprague v. Eskin cases.
In 2008, Caputo accepted a position in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and he was a member of the Government, Environmental and Health Care Fraud section. As an Assistant United States Attorney, Caputo was a member of the prosecution team in United States v. Synthes et al, in which a major medical device manufacturer and a subsidiary were charged with conducting an unauthorized clinical trial of a bone cement in violation of the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The companies later pleaded guilty and agreed to pay the maximum fine permitted under the law of $23.2 million. Caputo also handled cases involving schemes to defraud Medicare and Medicaid fraud and other federal programs and agencies.
Caputo returned to Kline & Specter as a partner in 2010. He returned to handling catastrophic injury cases, and he also started the firm’s whistleblower practice. Caputo continued both to litigate catastrophic injury cases and manage the firm’s whistleblower practice until January 2017, when he left with fellow Kline & Specter partner Andy Youman to start Youman & Caputo.
In recognition of his work in the catastrophic injury field, Caputo was selected from 2011 through 2018 as among the top five percent of attorneys in Pennsylvania by the independent rating service Super Lawyers based on balloting of attorneys statewide and evaluation by a special blue-ribbon panel. In several prior years selected by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars as among the top 2.5 percent of attorneys in the state 40 or younger.
In 2016, Caputo was appointed by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to the Civil Procedure Rules Committee. Caputo also is a member of the board of directors of the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia and a former adjunct professor of law at Drexel Law School. Caputo is a member of the Advisory Board for the Lexis Nexis Practice Guide: Pennsylvania Civil Trial Practice, 2017 Edition, edited by The Honorable Daniel J. Anders, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia.
Caputo was born and raised in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, where he lives now with his wife and three children. He is active in the community, particularly coaching youth baseball.
The recoveries that Caputo has secured or helped secure for catastrophic injury victims during his career include:
- $40.5 million Village Green settlement
- $29.6 million Pier 34 settlement
- $21.8 million verdict in Delaware County medical malpractice case
- $14 million verdict in Bucks County bus accident case
- $9 million in product liability case
- $5.6 million recovery in product liability/medical malpractice case
- $5 million recovery in motor vehicle accident case
- $4.95 million recovery in delay in diagnosis of cancer case
- $4.25 million recovery in federal motor vehicle accident case
- $3.7 million recovery in product liability/medical malpractice case
- $3.5 million recovery in delay in diagnosis of brain tumor case
- $3.5 million recovery in delayed diagnosis of infection case
- $3.5 recovery in product liability case
- $3 million verdict for injured construction worker
- $4.5 million recovery in motor vehicle accident case
Caputo’s victories for his whistleblower clients include:
- $35 million United States False Claims Act settlement
- $10.19 million United States and New York False Claims Act settlement
- $6.2 million New York False Claims Act settlement
- $5.85 United States False Claims Act settlement
- $2.7 million United States False Claims Act settlement
- Duke University, B.A., 1992, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
- Harvard Law School, J.D., 1996, Cum Laude
- Temple University Beasley School of Law, 2005, L.L.M., Trial Advocacy, with Honors
Bar Admissions and Professional Associations
Caputo is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the federal courts in both states, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Ninth Circuit, and United States Tax Court. He is a member of Taxpayers Against Fraud, the leading national organization of lawyers who represent whistleblowers, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice.