David chairs DBL Law’s Litigation Practice Group. He represents clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts and before administrative agencies. He has successfully tried cases to verdict in numerous venues throughout Kentucky. In the appellate field, he has briefed and argued cases in the Kentucky Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Kentucky, and the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. In recognition of his trial ability and reputation in the profession, he has been named a Fellow of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and Litigation Counsel of America.
David is the principal author of the 6th edition of Thomson/West’s two-volume treatise on the Kentucky Rules of Civil Procedure (part of the Kentucky Practice Series). Published in 2005, the treatise, which is updated annually, is often cited by Kentucky’s appellate courts and is widely regarded as the leading reference on the Kentucky civil rules. David is also the chief Kentucky contributor to Thomson Reuters’ “Practical Law” Series in several areas relating to civil litigation.
In 2008, David served as a Special Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court. He also served on the Board of Governors of the Kentucky Bar Association from 2008 to 2014 and as the KBA’s representative on the Kentucky Supreme Court Civil Rules Committee from 2011 to 2014. He now serves as a member of the Ethics Committee of the Kentucky Judiciary.
David is very active in public and community service. He has served since 2000 as a member of the Crestview Hills City Council. He currently serves as Chair of the City’s Zoning and Economic Development Committee, and from 1993 to 1998 was a member of the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation. Among other community service activities, he is a past Chair of Covington Latin School Board of Education and a past Board Chair of the Mental Health Association of Northern Kentucky. He and his wife Diane reside in Crestview Hills. They have one child and three grandchildren.