David has been a resident and active community member of Kailua Kona, Hawaii for over 25 years. Before moving to Hawaii and representing Plaintiffs in serious personal injury matters, David spent over four years with a large insurance defense firm in New Orleans, Louisiana so he knows how insurance adjustors think, how they analyze cases and what it takes to obtain the maximum recovery. After moving to Kailua Kona, Hawaii in 1989, David worked for approximately 5 years as an associate with the law firm of Gallup & Van Pernis and then for approximately 10 years as a partner in the law firm of Van Pernis, Smith & Vancil where his primary practice focused on serious personal injury matters. In 2007 and 2008 David also served in a special “Of Counsel” position with one of the oldest and largest law firms in Hawaii, Carlsmith, Ball, LLP. Over the last ten years, David has managed his own law practice where his primary focus has been handling serious and catastrophic personal injury matters. Over the course of his legal career David has successfully settled and litigated numerous multi-million dollar disputes and hundreds of serious personal injury matters including, but not limited to, cases involving serious brain injuries, wrongful death, permanent and partial paralysis, internal organ damage, lumbar and cervical disc injuries, loss of eyesight and other serious eye injuries, significant burn and scarring injuries and serious bone fractures. David's experience includes handling all kinds of motor vehicle accidents involving many different types of vehicles such as large trucks, Recreational Vehicles (or "RVs"), vans, buses, automobiles, motorcycles and mopeds, boating and diving accidents, pedestrian accidents, slip and falls and all kinds of premise liability cases.
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With all personal injury cases initial consultation is always free and with our contingency fee agreement NO Fees are owed unless we win.
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When you are seriously injured you need an experienced and aggressive attorney that knows personal injury law from all perspectives. Having worked for a large insurance defense firm on the mainland before moving to Hawaii in 1989 to represent Plaintiffs, David knows how the insurance companies and adjustors think and he knows exactly what it takes to obtain you the maximum recovery for your injuries.
- Tulane University School of Law
- J.D. (1985) | Law with emphasis in litigation
- Honors: First Place Appellate Advocacy Competition and top 16% of class First Year and Finalist in Race For The Marble, Senior Year and
- Activities: Moot Court Competition and Moot Court judge
- University of Texas - Austin
- B.A. (1981) | Pre-law; Political Science
- Hawaii State Bar
- - Current