Maynard Cooper & Gale and Nexsen Pruet have agreed to merge on April 1, 2023. Together we will be Maynard Nexsen.

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David's Profile

David is a Shareholder and a member of Maynard's Labor & Employment Practice Group. He has held various positions of leadership in the Firm, including serving on the Executive Committee.

For 30 years, David has collaborated with clients to help them face challenges and resolve disputes. David has handled a wide variety of lawsuits in federal and state courts. They include cases ranging from employment, trademark, and commercial disputes to real estate, premises liability, and serious injury cases.

Labor and Employment

David represents employers of all sizes, including some of the largest in the South. David’s priority is to help clients facing challenges make the best decisions they can for their businesses (and employees). David partners with clients to comply with the full range of federal and state employment laws which includes consulting on wage and hour, safety and health (OSHA), FMLA, and anti-discrimination laws. David also supports clients facing sensitive discipline or termination situations. He assists clients going through reductions-in-force or implementing labor cost-saving strategies. David also helps clients develop employee policies and risk management strategies to reduce their risk of employment liability.

Although David knows that clients want to avoid litigation when they can, trial work remains an important part of his client service. David is an experienced trial attorney, having tried and won multiple employment cases in both federal and state courts.

David also works with clients to protect their intellectual property and trade secrets, including advising clients on non-compete and non-solicitation clauses.

Serious Injuries

David has experience representing clients in catastrophic injury cases. This includes defending worker’s compensation death cases, co-employee claims, premises liability for owners and employers when a contractor is injured on property, as well as defending OSHA claims.

Higher Education

For over 25 years, David has worked with colleges and universities, including highly-regarded HBCUs, providing general legal advice and representing them in litigation. David is experienced in helping colleges and universities with employment and Title IX matters.

Manufacturing and Distribution

David has a long history of working with clients in the manufacturing and distribution space. He works with clients to meet the wide-ranging legal challenges these industries face daily, from labor and employment to workplace safety (OSHA) to immigration.

Defense and Aerospace

David is also closely aligned with Maynard’s Government Solutions Practice Group and has assisted defense and aerospace contractors with employment and litigation issues. He represents clients on Service Contract Act compliance issues and OFCCP matters.

David is rated AV Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell® and is listed in both The Best Lawyers in America© and Alabama Super Lawyers®. David has been named Best Lawyers’ 2016 Huntsville Litigation-Labor and Employment “Lawyer of the Year” in Huntsville.

David received his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law and holds a B.A. from The University of Texas.

David's Experience

Mediation/Arbitration Areas of Practice

  • Breach of Contract
  • Business Litigation / Disputes
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Employment Law
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Federal Litigation
  • Non-Compete Agreements
  • Premises Liability
  • Real Estate Disputes
  • Title IX

David's Accolades

  • The Best Lawyers in America© for Employment Law: Management, Litigation: Labor & Employment, Labor Law: Management (2010 - present)
  • Best Lawyers' "Lawyer of the Year" for Labor & Employment (2016, 2022)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers for Employment Litigation: Defense (2016 - present)
  • Alabama Super Lawyers® for Employment & Labor (2014 - 2015)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Rating

David's Affiliations and Civic Involvement


  • American Bar Association
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Alabama State Bar Association
  • Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • American Inns of Court

Civic Involvement

  • Leadership Huntsville/Madison County, Inc., Past Board Chair
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama, Board Member
  • Jewish Federation of North Alabama, Board Member
  • Huntsville Committee of 100

David's Speaking Engagements

  • 05/11/20: "2020 Lunch & Learn - Government Contracts & Legal Perspectives" Huntsville/Madison County Chamber (Webinar)
  • 04/16/20: "COVID-19 Webinar: Confronting Employment Issues" Birmingham Business Alliance (Webinar)


State Bar: Alabama, Tennessee

  • University of Alabama School of Law
    • (1992, J.D., Alabama Law Review, Developmental Editor)
  • University of Texas
    • (1989, B.A.)

Monday, August 22, 2022

200 Maynard Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2023

Maynard is pleased to announce that 200 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, including 11 who are distinguished as “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective areas of expertise and 56 of the Firm’s younger attorneys who are recognized...

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Thursday, August 19, 2021

179 Maynard Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022

Maynard & Gale is pleased to announce that 179 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, including 17 who are distinguished as “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective areas of expertise and 48 of the Firm’s younger attorneys who...

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Friday, October 9, 2020

Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping

On September 22, 2020, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping. In the near term, this order requires government contractors to review their diversity, equal opportunity, and sexual harassment training. New Mandatory Contracting Clause Of particular relevance to contractors,[1] the order requires the following...

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