Christopher M. David, Partner

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Mr. Christopher M. David is a partner to the firm of Fuerst Ittleman David & Joseph, PL. He is a founder and principal of David & Joseph, P.L. a Miami litigation boutique firm. He works in the areas of Complex Civil Litigation; Food, Drug & Cosmetics Law; and Custom, Import and Trade Law. Learn More

Practice Areas

Overview

Christopher David is a U.S. Army veteran and seasoned trial lawyer. He approaches each case with an eye towards resolution in the client’s best interests and an understanding that no case be can resolved in the client’s best interests if it is not ready to be tried. Mr. David focuses squarely on the goals of his clients and works tirelessly to help his clients achieve them, both through aggressive trial practice and settlement negotiations.

As a trial lawyer, Chris primarily focuses on business litigation and arbitration and has substantial experience in many different facets of the litigation/arbitration practice area. Chris represents owners, members, and shareholders in corporate and shareholder disputes, as well as matters involving corporate governance, corporate control, and disputes between officers, members and partners in limited liability companies and partnerships. Chris has represented clients in complex business disputes in dozens of forums at the state and federal level.

Chris is also highly experienced representing highly regulated businesses. As an example, Chris is Outside General Counsel to one of the Southeast’s most prominent group of Skilled Nursing Facilities, and handles all of the company’s corporate, regulatory and litigation needs. In addition to his business litigation practice, Chris has defended numerous nursing home negligence cases and has been highly successful in securing defense verdicts for the firm’s clients. These cases run the gamut from slip-and-fall to wrongful death claims. As another example of Chris’s work for highly regulated businesses, Chris has represented a Caribbean agricultural concern in a dispute over the effectiveness of a reverse osmosis water filtration system. The litigation involved complex engineering and hydrologic issues related to defects identified at a complicated desalinization plant. As a result of the litigation, Chris was not only able to secure a large settlement for the client, but preserved the client’s hard earned regulatory status with its local government. Chris has had similar successes working for and against healthcare providers, food and drug manufacturers, and financial institutions, to name a few.

In addition to his work involving complex business disputes and highly regulated businesses, Mr. David has litigated and tried numerous matters involving a wide array of important legal issues, including:

  • Securities: Chris has litigated for and against securities brokers in arbitrations conducted by the NYSE and other arbitration forums;
  • Probate: Chris has litigated numerous matters before the probate courts of Florida; see e.g. Venis v. Greenspan;
  • Employment: Chris has vast experience representing employers and employees in employment disputes, including litigation involving non-compete agreements, other contractual arrangements, and wage and hour issues;
  • Real estate: Chris has represented Real Estate Developers in a host of matters involving contract claims, construction defects, title issues, commercial foreclosures and restructuring, as well as issues related to the operation of developments and intra-partnership disputes. In a recent matter, Chris represented a partner in real estate partnership dispute involving breach of contract and construction defect claims. In a little more than one year’s time, Chris secured several critical pre-trial rulings that paved the way for a settlement payment to the client of more than $3 million, when prior to litigation the opposing party had demanded $3 million from Chris’s client.

Finally, Chris works closely with the firm’s Corporate and International Trade practice to provide comprehensive representation to his clients, and routinely represents clients in the sale and acquisition of businesses, both regulated and unregulated.

Born Buffalo, New York, November 19, 1965

Credentials

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, FL, 1993, Juris Doctor
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 1990, B.A., Bachelor of Arts
  • Miami Dade Community College, Miami, Florida, 1989, A.A., Associate of Arts

Admitted

  • The Florida Bar, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1995
  • United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • United State District Court Middle District of Florida, 2013
  • Member: Dade County and American Bar Associations.

Memberships

  • Dade County and American Bar Associations
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America

Acknowledgments

  • AV rated by Martindale Hubbell

Military Service

  • United States Army, 1983 – 1987, Sergeant, Airborne Infantry

Biography

  • Member, Marine Facilities Advisory Committee, Miami Dade County Department of Environmental Resource Management.

Reported Cases

  • Montpellier Farm, Ltd v. Crane Envtl., Inc., 07-22815-CIV, 2009 WL 722238 (S.D. Fla. 2009)
  • Bezalel v. Innovative Operators, LLC, 347 Fed. Appx. 449 (11th Cir. 2009)
  • Grandini v. Carrizo, 891 So.2d 1216 (Fla. 3rd DCA 2005)
  • Virginia Inv. Fund Ltd. Partnership v. Nolan, 867 So.2d 629 (Fla. 3rd DCA 2004)
  • Rubinstein v. Rubinstein, 866 So.2d 80 (Fla. 3rd DCA 2003)
  • Ibrahim v. Premier Advisory Services, Inc., 860 So.2d 1016 (Fla. 3rd DCA 2003)
  • McAllister v. McAllister, 851 So.2d 908 (Fla. 3rd DCA 2003)
  • Gil v. Mendelson, 2003 WL 21459243 (Fla. 3rd DCA 2003)
  • Bird Lakes Development Corp. v. Velez, 846 So.2d 555 (Fla. 3rd DCA 2003)
  • Nolan v. Virginia Inv. Fund Ltd. Partnership, 833 So.2d 853 (Fla. 3rd DCA 2002)
  • Venis v. Greenspan, 833 So.2d 208 (Fla. 4th DCA 2002)
  • Dracon Const., Inc. v. Facility Const. Management, Inc., 828 So.2d 1069 (Fla. 4th DCA 2002)
  • HHH Equities, Inc. v. Hall, 798 So.2d 887 (Fla. 4th DCA 2001)
  • Coral Springs OB-GYN Associates, P.A. v. Kast, 765 So.2d 117(Fla. 4th DCA 2000)
  • Moss v. Appel, 718 So.2d 199 (Fla. 4th DCA 1998)
  • Motyczka v. Hall, 706 So.2d 959 (Fla. 3rd DCA 1998)
  • In the Matter of Arbitration between Eleanor Stein as Trustee for the Eleanor Stein Trust v. Gruntal & Co. and Thomas Underwood, 1996-005788, 1997 WL 1189543 (1997)

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