David has collected jury verdicts and settlements totaling hundreds of millions of dollars for his catastrophically injured clients in cases involving bad faith against insurance companies; product liability from automobile rollovers and industrial machine injuries; toxic chemical spills by railroad companies; pool drownings; medical, dental and hospital malpractice; trucking and auto accidents; nursing home and daycare negligence; air and water borne bacteria exposure causing Legionnaire's Disease; dram shop negligence by bars and restaurants for violating alcohol liability laws; and negligence by retail stores, energy companies, apartment complexes, hotels, and construction contractors for job-site, balcony collapse and premises injuries. He and his law firm were recently recognized by VerdictSearch for achieving one of the top 100 verdicts in the United States stemming from their $35.9 Million Dollar verdict against PEPCO in Montgomery Co., Maryland. His practice today focuses on representing people who have suffered catastrophic injuries or death.
Year after year, David has been named among the Top 10 SuperLawyers in Charleston and Top 25 in South Carolina. He is frequently invited to speak on topics ranging from proving traumatic brain injuries to dram shop/alcohol liability to trial techniques. He recently was a principal author of the book “South Carolina Dram Shop Litigation: A Practice Guide" and was a contributing co-author of “South Carolina Damages, Second Edition” both published by the South Carolina Bar.
He is a member of the Charleston Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), the South Carolina Association of Justice, the American Association for Justice, the Charleston County Bar’s Mental Wellness Committee, Lawyers Helping Lawyers, and the Board of Regents of TriCounty Family Ministries. For the past twenty-five years David has been heavily involved in mentoring and counseling of people suffering from alcoholism and addiction who are seeking recovery. He places a large emphasis on giving back to the local community both by doing free legal work and through generous financial and service contributions to local charities each year. David and his wife Jessica are both natives of Charleston and have four children.
Prior to founding Yarborough Applegate, David was a Partner at another Charleston-based law firm where he was part of a national trial team defending products liability cases in trials across the United States. His experience of having handled national litigation, and having represented both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts around the country provides him a varied perspective in discovery strategy, negotiations, and trial.
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