David’s practice areas include complex litigation. premises liability, construction defect, workers’ compensation, general civil litigation and trucking/transportation law. Because of David’s college degree from Auburn University in Transportation and five year stint as a dispatcher with Malone Freight Lines (while going to night law school), transportation litigation is near and dear to his heart. His background gives him a depth of understanding of the business, and perhaps more importantly, allows him to develop a strong rapport with the truck drivers he is defending through the course of the case. David has defended hundreds of trucking related matters (primarily truck wrecks involving personal injury, but also involving cargo claims and insurance coverage issues under a business auto policy, non-trucking/bobtail policies, etc.) and has an excellent track record in achieving desired results for his clients both in trial and settlements. He continues to stay abreast of important industry issues through his membership in the Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA), as an active member of the Trucking Law Committee for DRI, and as a regular speaker and author for industry and claims groups.
David’s trial experience is extensive, and literally ranges from the trial of dog bite cases to multiple deaths arising from products liability and trucking accidents, and everything in between. Over the years, he has tried over 140 jury cases to a verdict all across Alabama, in both state and federal court. In addition, he has tried over 250 workers’ compensation (non-jury) cases to judgment, and has tried approximately 15 workers’ compensation cases to a jury (drug impairment, intoxication and/or willful misconduct of the employee). He has over 40 reported appellate decisions in a wide range of cases.
David holds the AV rating from Martindale Hubbell. He is Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is a “Mid-South Superlawyer” since 2010, listed among the “Top Rated Attorneys in Birmingham,” and he has received other unsolicited “vanity” lawyer listings over the years. While he is appreciative of these recognitions, he is most gratified that his clients believe he is a good lawyer who gets good results in a cost effective manner.
David recently gave a presentation on “The Future of Medicine: Standard of Care or Junk Science” at the DRI Trucking Law Seminar in Austin, Texas. You can read a summary of that presentation here.