Dave’s practice focuses on product liability defense, design and construction litigation, commercial and contract litigation including disputes over restrictive covenants, wrongful death and serious personal injury defense, insurance coverage and insurance bad faith issues, and professional liability litigation. Dave has defended manufacturers in a wide variety of product liability claims, including claims involving environmental exposure to chemicals, medical devices and pharmaceutical products, and various commercial and household products. He has also represented clients involved in class actions and multidistrict litigation. Dave’s clients include engineers, architects, design professionals and builders, including representing one of the largest design and engineering firms in the United States. Dave practices in Florida’s state and federal courts as well as representing clients nationally.

Dave’s work has been recognized by a number of publications and legal organizations. He is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating possible for legal ability and ethical standards. He was also chosen multiple times by his colleagues and peers as one of Florida’s Legal Elite and as a Florida Super Lawyer, and he was recognized by Attorney at Law magazine as among the 12 attorneys to watch in central Florida.

Representative Matters

Trucking Litigation. Representing a variety of companies involved in the transportation of goods, Dave has tried several cases to verdict and negotiated favorable settlements where necessary. His work includes defending a manufacturing company against wrongful death claims related to the design of a tractor-trailer and a food-service transportation company following a serious accident involving one of its tractor-trailers. These claims typically involve serious injury or death.

Construction and Design. Dave’s work has resulted in a number of successes for a national design and engineering firm in litigation involving infrastructure design and construction, including the design and construction of bridges and roadways. Examples include defending a wrongful death claim involving a highway guardrail design, as well as claims related to the design and construction of highways, roadways, bridges, overpasses, medians and sidewalks.

Food and Beverage Labeling. Dave has represented several Fortune 500 companies that produce food, beverage and pet food products against claims involving putative class actions and individual claims alleging product mislabeling or misbranding.

Other Litigation Work. Dave’s work extends into other categories as well, including:

  • professional liability and malpractice defense;
  • intellectual property, where he represented a national product manufacturer in a patent trial; 
  • commercial and employment litigation, with a focus on litigating covenants not to compete and other contractual provisions; 
  • consumer protection claims under various state and federal consumer protection statutes (FDUPTA, FCCPA, FDCPA); and
  • representing fuel retailers on various contractual/business disputes, and commercial litigation issues.