David Dukes is a partner and member of the executive committee of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, which has offices in California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. He practises in the areas of pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, business litigation, technology law and litigation, and coordination of national litigation. He is a past president of the 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 has been recognised as one of the top product liability attorneys in the world by The Guide to the World's Leading Product Liability Lawyers. David is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
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. David is admitted to practise before the Supreme Court of the United States, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth, Tenth and Eleventh circuits and the US District Court for the District of South Carolina.
David is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2001–2017 editions, The International Who's Who of Product Liability Lawyers and The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers. He is a former board chairman and former president of the 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 at Georgetown University Law Center and a trustee of the Business Partnership Foundation, Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina. He serves on the Clemson University Board of Trustees and is also a past member of Clemson’s Board of Visitors. He served as co-chair of the advisory board of City Year Columbia. He is a past board member of the foundation for the South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics.
David is the author of "ACC Value Practice: Virtual Trial Teams-Nelson Mullins' Value-Based Staffing for Clients in Complex, High Stakes Litigation", ACC Value Challenge Tool Kit Resource (2013); "Internal Product-Related Investigations with International Implications" Elite Section, International Comparative Legal Guide to Product Liability 2011; "A Corporate Counsel's Guide to Discovery in the Information Age", Washington Legal Foundation, 2001; "What You Should Know About Direct-to-Consumer Advertising of Prescription Drugs", Defense Counsel Journal, 68, 1 January 2001; "Consultant Liability for Year 2000 Problems”, The Defense Practitioner's Guide to the Year 2000 Problem, 1998; "Toxicology Made Easy: What Every Trial Advocate Should Know", Defense Counsel Journal, 63, 3 July 1996; and "Gaining Access to Federal Court: The Sham Defendant Doctrine in Drug and Medical Device Cases", Rx for the Defense, Spring 1994.
In 1984, David earned a JD, cum laude, from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He earned a BS in financial management from Clemson University in 1981.
WWL says: David Dukes specialises in product liability issues related to pharmaceuticals and medical devices, and is regarded as “a truly wonderful lawyer”.
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