David has been recognized as one of the top product liability lawyers by The Guide to the World's Leading Product Liability Lawyers. He served as managing partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, which has more than 575 attorneys and other professionals in 17 offices, from 2001 to 2011. He practises in the areas of pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, patent litigation, securities litigation, and coordination of national litigation. He is a past president of DRI – The Voice of The Defense Bar and a past chair of the DRI Drug and Device Committee and the DRI Electronic Discovery Task Force. He is also a past chair of the Toxic and Hazardous Substances Litigation Committee of the International Association of Defense Counsel. David has served as national trial counsel for companies in the pharmaceutical, computer and consumer products industries. He speaks throughout the country on pharmaceutical and medical device litigation and computer and technology-related litigation issues. He is admitted to practise before the Supreme Court of the United States, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits, and the US District Court for the District of South Carolina.
David is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2001-2018 editions, The International Who's Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers, The International Who's Who of Life Sciences Lawyers, as well as The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers and the International Who's Who of Life Sciences Lawyers. David is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the American Bar Foundation. He is also a member of the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association. He is a former president of Lawyers for Civil Justice, a national coalition supporting excellence, fairness, and improvements within the civil justice system at both the state and national levels. He is a past board member of the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence, a past member of the Advisory Committee of the Law Firm Pro Bono Project of Georgetown University Law Center, and a past trustee of the Business Partnership Foundation of the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. He is a member of the Clemson University Board of Trustees, served as co-chair of the Advisory Board of City Year Columbia, and is a former board member of the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts Foundation.
In 1984, David earned a Juris Doctor (cum laude) from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Financial Management from Clemson University in 1981.