Joseph M. David

Joseph M. David, a trial and product liability lawyer and a partner in the Jones Day law firm for more than 20 years, died Feb. 2 at his home in Washington. He was 70.

The cause was heart disease, said a niece, Cynthia Pavlitsa.

Mr. David joined Jones Day’s Cleveland office as an associate in 1986 and became a partner at the firm’s New York office in 1988. He helped start up the firm’s Pittsburgh office before transferring to its Washington location in 1999. He became of counsel to the firm in 2007 and retired in 2009.

Joseph Michael David was born in Tarrytown, N.Y., to Czechoslovakian parents.

He was a 1965 economics graduate of Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa., and received a master’s degree in education from Springfield College in Springfield, Mass., in 1966. He was a 1973 graduate of the University of Notre Dame law school, where he served as managing editor of the law review.

Before joining Jones Day, he was a partner at Stinson, Mag and Fizzell, a law firm based in Kansas City, Mo.

During the Vietnam War, he served in the Marine Corps and participated in the battle of Khe Sanh in 1968. His military decorations included the Purple Heart. He attended the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif., where he studied Vietnamese.

His marriage to Dana Crawford David ended in divorce. Survivors include a brother.

— Megan McDonough