David Maria Santoro


T. +39 06 809154.1


Via Vincenzo Bellini, 24
00198 – ROME

David Maria Santoro is since 2015 partner at De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani and was previously Head of Disputes Resolution Department at Simmons&Simmons LLP in Rome.

David Maria has been practising for more than twenty years in the area of Litigation and Arbitration both domestic and trans-national, including ADR, and built up a wide experience in corporate, civil, commercial and insolvency-related controversies.

Furthermore, David Maria is frequently involved in analysis, evaluation and defense of manufacturers summoned in complicated cases of product liability, mainly in the area of pharmaceuticals but even in those involving automotive, chemicals, food and beverage.

He usually assists clients that are pivotal in primary industry sectors, such as pharmaceuticals (EU companies part of a global group having headquarters in UK); energy (the main Italian provider); real estate (leading Italian group); car-safety systems (leading US-based group); chemicals (Italian subsidiary of a US group acting worldwide); aviation-related services (French, UK, Italian and Albanian entities).

He is member of AIA, Italian Association for Arbitration and of AIDA, Italian Food Law Association.

Areas of expertise

Admitted to the Supreme Court

Admitted to the Italian Bar


Rome, Degree in Law, La Sapienza University


Italian, English, French