The hair. Oh, God. The HAIR!

Who is this man?

This man is the attorney for the idiot bank robber from the infamous Route 28 chase video in which a police cruiser flipped.

Here’s a hint.  When you’ve done a stupid thing, like rob a bank, and you’re looking for the guy who will not only help you with your case but who will also probably do everything he can to get you money for police brutality, try not to pick the lawyer that looks like he might be the president of Skippy Skeeve’s fan club.


  1. Magnus Patris
    September 10, 2008 4:06 pm

    Joey Bag-o-doughnuts, Esquire. Bada bing, bada boom.

  2. BeanLaFi
    September 10, 2008 4:16 pm

    I went to Mt. Lebanon HS with him. Class of 91. His hair was about the same then. I can’t believe he is a lawyer.

  3. chrys
    September 10, 2008 4:20 pm

    He looks like the Heat Miser.

  4. lostinpgh
    September 10, 2008 4:25 pm

    He probably got his paralegal degree from Sally Struthers. Why didn’t he get the guy with the white hair who will represent anyone who commits a crime and loves face time on the news?

  5. Summer
    September 10, 2008 4:51 pm

    Wow, that’s really amazing. Skippy Skeeve has a fan club?

    Oh, and I was waiting for you to say something about that police chase. I’ven’t been so boggled in a long time.

  6. bucdaddy
    September 10, 2008 4:56 pm

    Lawyer? I thought that was Kramer.

  7. chrys
    September 10, 2008 5:11 pm

    James Ecker must have been busy defending someone worse..

  8. gumbygirl
    September 10, 2008 5:29 pm

    My husband’s hair looks like that pretty much every morning.

  9. workingmama
    September 10, 2008 5:36 pm

    funny – he has the same name as another defense attorney in Pittsburgh…..and he definitely doesn’t look like that!

  10. Monty
    September 10, 2008 5:41 pm

    He doesn’t look that old, but he’s got a really bad case of the Flintstones in the 2nd picture.

  11. PittCheMBA
    September 10, 2008 8:38 pm

    The bank robber is also pretty stupid for robbing a bank right before Pittsburgh rush hour traffic.

  12. john
    September 10, 2008 8:53 pm

    I love the attitude…I can rob a bank and take a high speed chase… cause a patrol car to flip ..but DONT ..I mean DONT lay a hand on me after you catch me!

  13. unsatisfied
    September 10, 2008 10:28 pm

    “Heat Miser” — sweet.

    I tell you what — this asswipe of a bank robber could have avoided this whole ordeal — by NOT ROBBING THE BANK AND DRIVING LIKE A JACKHOLE IN THE FIRST PLACE.

    if I were one of those cops on the 31st street bridge, I definitely would have given him the rodney king treatment.

  14. Mitch Cumstein
    September 10, 2008 10:40 pm

    Ecker may have been busy, but couldn’t the guy at least have gotten Difenderfer or Thomassey…I mean this guy just seems sleazy. At least those guys are…

  15. akb
    September 11, 2008 9:09 am

    David is a friend and a colleague. He’s always been a competent and intelligent counselor, and I’ve always consider his lawyering to be some of the best in the city. Judging the quality of legal representation based on the appearance of a lawyer is just plain stupid. I know a lot of brilliant people who are fat or tattooed or wear a hijab, and none of this has anything to do with how they do their jobs. Wouldn’t you be better served by choosing a lawyer based on his legal reputation and academic accomplishments? Go ahead and make fun of him pittgirl, he’s open to the public eye, but insinuating that his appearance marks him as a bad lawyer is beyond the pale.

  16. Jess
    September 11, 2008 9:50 am

    akb… Ok, he’s your pal and you’re sticking up, which is admirable. But do you dispute that THE HAIR looks friggin’ ridiculous? Sure, pure ability -should- be the only basis for chosing your legal representative, but appearance has an impact on whether or not you are taken seriously. This is why business-people still dress in suits instead of stained t-shirts and flip-flops. I should think one would want their attorney to be taken seriously…

    Incidentally, my ex-gf used to like to spike up my hair with “product” (although in my case, it looked good that way… ya right.) So who knows, maybe his gf/wife imposes the Kramer hairstyle on him?

  17. pittgirl
    September 11, 2008 9:53 am

    akb, you cannot tell me that he doesn’t know that as a lawyer, he should have a certain appearance about him.

    We’re not asking the man to get plastic surgery. We’re saying, gosh, you’re a lawyer and you want to be taken seriously. Brush your hair down before you go to work!

    And yeah, I would want my lawyer to go before the judge looking as conservative as he could. It matters.

  18. Stephanique1
    September 11, 2008 9:53 am

    He may be a top-notch lawyer but unfortunately, appearances are everything. I’d be embarrassed walking into a courtroom with this clown.

  19. akb
    September 11, 2008 10:34 am

    Eesh. Scary. I hope you guys are never on a jury.

  20. Chris
    September 11, 2008 11:04 am


    sounds like you might be an attorney (i am), don’t you think that appearance matters in front of jury? sure we’d like to think that only the facts and law are at stake, but jurors (and potential jurors) are constantly making judgments based upon the defendant’s, witnesses’ and attorneys’ appearances and presentation. hair like that belongs at donzi’s (rip) and not in a court room. his appearance undermines anything that he says. sorry.

  21. coach99
    September 11, 2008 11:51 am

    When you see Jim Ecker walk into a court know two things.. (1) his client is guilty as hell (2) he will get him off.

  22. unsatisfied
    September 11, 2008 12:27 pm

    “I’m mr. greeeeen christmas/I’m mr. sun….”

    as for jim ecker: 3)his george hamilton mantan will blind you.

  23. akb
    September 11, 2008 12:36 pm

    Chris – I am an attorney, and while I understand and appreciate your post, it doesn’t get to the point. I’m not saying that personal appearance doesn’t matter, I’m saying that it shouldn’t. I’ve never heard the praises of prejudice sung so loudly. I’ll leave my final comment as this…if all of you were truly correct in assuming that everyone else is as likely to prejudge David based on their looks as you seem to be, then he wouldn’t enjoy so many successes in the courtroom. But he does…which tells me that some people are able to overcome their biases. Thank goodness for that. These defendants have their personal freedom and liberty at stake. I’m glad that jurors are generally smart enough to put aside their personal judgments and base their decisions on the merits of the argument as opposed to counsel’s predeliction for hair gel. I’m sorry that you can’t say the same. Regards.

  24. Kelli
    September 11, 2008 1:40 pm

    **I’m not an attorney, so I may not be as familiar with this as I think I am, but…

    I have to believe that the fact that defendants wearing prison jumpsuits at trial is such a huge issue speaks volumes on the idea that no, the nature of humans is not to get past their prejuidices.

    Which would kind of prove the opposite of akb’s comment that most jurors are not smart enough to put personal judgements aside.

  25. Kelli
    September 11, 2008 1:41 pm

    OK, that last sentence was constructed so poorly. Let me try again.

    akb’s comment was that most jurors are smart enough to get past their predjuices. However, the jump-suit issue seems to prove that comment wrong.

    OK, I think that is better.

  26. Jess
    September 11, 2008 1:53 pm

    My learned friend, he simply dons his robe and horsehair wig when called to the bar!

  27. joey
    September 11, 2008 2:42 pm

    akb…get that stick out of your ass…you are giving us a bad name.

    Appearances are everything…because if a judge or juror is so taken aback by your silly hair that he can’t focus on your argument, then you have done your client a disservice.

  28. Blueline1925
    September 11, 2008 3:17 pm

    Wow… nice to see the city spending good money for the public defender’s office.

  29. LawTalkingGuy
    September 12, 2008 2:45 pm

    Just to end this discussion, I would like to add my two cents. As a practicing attorney I can personally attest to the fact that Dave is one of the top criminal defense attorneys in this town. If I were in trouble, I’d call him!

  30. Pinto Alegre
    September 12, 2008 4:00 pm

    Looks like his hair is always that way:

    (Only web site I could find for him)

  31. pepper
    September 13, 2008 9:28 pm

    I know Dave both personally and professionally, and to judge him by his appearance could cause you to miss the chance to find an attorney who truly cares about his work. He happens to be perfectly capable of keeping the focus on his case and not his hair ( though I must admit, I don’t like it much myself). He will give his client the best possible defense, and I have every faith, and reason to believe, that he will acquire a favorable resolution.

  32. elizabeth
    September 15, 2008 7:39 am

    I only know Dave professionally, and I’d just like to add in my opinion that this guy is one of the top criminal attorneys in town. I think it’s refreshing that he isn’t stuffy and boring like many of the same old same old defense guys.

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  34. efw_west
    September 15, 2008 9:02 am

    Hair-dude’s client led police on a high speed chase and he’s bitching cause the police roughed him up afterwards? That guy desevered any baton to the privates he may have received. Lawyers crack me up, common sense definitely goes out the door when they hand them a jd.

  35. Sarah
    September 15, 2008 9:10 am

    @ unstaisfied (post #23)

    OMG. I started singing that when I saw the pictures too. And I assumed I was crazy for thinking it.

  36. unsatisfied
    September 15, 2008 9:59 am

    @ Sarah — actually, chrys in post #3 deserves all of the credit for the “heat miser” reference. I haven’t been able to stop singing it to myself.

    I need to go buy me some hair gel….

  37. Blueline1925
    September 15, 2008 10:53 am

    Unless Attorney Dave is 22 years old and still living with his folks, he should really get a few tips about how a professional should look. You can vouch for how great his is as a defense attorney, but when you have the haircut that’s similar to someone who’s a cast member from The Real World, people will judge. Right or wrong, we all judge, and those judgments influence people’s decisions.

  38. Still A Fan
    September 15, 2008 7:31 pm

    i wouldn’t be surprised one bit if he is his own “minions”. i am one of 4 people who interview people for my department. if a guy comes in with stupid hair that is clearly 15 years too young for him…..i don’t care if he knows the business intimately – i’m always going to be thinking “why would a dude come to something so important like this rockin’ that doo?”. You have to be taken seriously. If not, why have formal attire and grooming? According to akb’s logic, the guy could look like Reverend Jim Ignatowski from Taxi, but if he can still debate the law, it shouldn’t matter. So, akb, my question as a logical being is this – At what point does one draw the line then for appearance for an attorney? Can he wear ripped jeans? Can he wear a Jimi Hendrix T-Shirt? If not, why? When I hire a lawyer, I’m hiring a complete package. If I have 10 attributes and ability to speak, appearance, knowledge of the law….etc are my criteria….I have every right under the sun to critique the man’s idiotic hair. If we stretch the logic even farther – if I am hiring a lawyer, how do I know what he’s like in court? I don’t. I call him or his office. He might set up a meeting. I might have already talked to two other lawyers. If I walk in and this guy is all “…I’m Mr. Green Christmas, I’m Mr. Hundred-and-one…..” I’m not getting past it. Sorry. Comb your hair. You look silly. Stop embarrassing your mother.

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