David is an AV-rated attorney with a focus in commercial litigation and insurance coverage and defense. He has served as lead counsel and co-counsel in numerous jury trials in state, federal and military venues. David also serves as Vice-Chair of our E-Discovery Advisors team.
•AV - Preeminent Peer Review Rated, 2014-2018
•Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law, 2013
•Best Lawyers in America
•Commercial Litigation, 2014-2019
•Insurance Law, 2016-2019
•Commander, U.S. Navy Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps (Retired)
•Active Military Duty, 1990-1995
•Reserve Military Duty, 1995-2017
In the News
•147 Butler Snow Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers, 18 Named “Lawyer of the Year”
•A. David Fawal Receives 2016 Veterans of Influence Award
•Firm Ranked #2 for 2016 Healthiest Employers by BBJ
Papers, Presentations, & Publications
•David is a frequent speaker on topics as diverse as dietary supplement litigation, insurance coverage, and e-discovery.
•Author, eDiscovery in 2013: What You Need to Know, Knowledge Congress, February 6, 2013.
•An improperly drafted reservation of rights letter -- the easiest way for an insurer to waive policy coverage defenses.
•Do you really need a court to tell you what the insurance policy covers? Litigating insurance coverage issues? When and how to turn to the courts (Part 2).
•Do you really need a court to tell you what the insurance policy covers? Litigating insurance coverage issues? When and how to turn to the courts (Part 1)
•Bad faith claim handling - how to avoid it without simply paying all insurance claims
•ESI Discovery Best Practices, Part 8 - Joni Mitchell Lyrics from 40 Years Ago Foreshadow ESI Spoliation Battles of Today
•ESI Discovery Best Practices, Part 7 - New FRCP One Year In - ESI Game Changer or Business As Usual?
•Vanishing premiums part deux?
•ESI Discovery Best Practices, Part 6 - Now comes the bad news... potential consequences for inadequate preservation of ESI.
•Eleventh Circuit defines “structural damage” under an insurance policy
•11th Circuit Rules Unaccepted Offers of Judgment Do Not Moot Action
•ESI Discovery Best Practices, Part 5 - Collection of ESI and the custodial interview -- Who do you talk to and what do you ask?
•ESI Discovery Best Practices, Part 4 - Collection of ESI - Who should be doing it?
•ESI Discovery Best Practices, Part 3: You’ve identified ESI, now how do you go about collecting it?
•ESI Discovery Best Practices, Part 2 - So How Do You Identify ESI?
•ESI Discovery Best Practices, Part 1 - Start with the Rules
•Alabama Supreme Court Reverses Rule Of Damages On Commercial Vehicle’s Total Loss
• Do Not Tell Fish Stories Where The People Know You; But Particularly, Don’t Tell Them Where They Know The Fish.
•Insurance late notice provisions continue to be strictly enforced by the Alabama Supreme Court
•Griffin v. Unocal: Advent of the Manifest Injury Rule in Alabama Toxic Tort Law
•Can a lawyer force unwanted legal services on an insurer? Under the common fund doctrine in Alabama, apparently so (at least for now).