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David M. Donovan’s Biography

David M. Donovan’s training for law practice began in college, competing in intercollegiate debate. Following his law school education, David clerked for a United States District Court Judge in Little Rock, before beginning private practice. He is licensed in both Arkansas and Arizona, and has actively litigated in both jurisdictions.

David’s practice focuses on complex insurance and commercial litigation. In recent years, he has focused his practice on: ERISA and disability insurance; insurance bad faith; products liability; professional liability, defending lawyers, engineers, architects, and insurance brokers; construction litigation; complex commercial litigation, including the defense of consumer class actions; and the prosecution and defense of lender liability claims. David also has an active medical malpractice practice.

David has extensive experience in federal court. He was appointed by the Judges of the Eastern District of Arkansas to the Court’s Federal Practice Committee, serving as chairman in 2010. He has conducted CLE seminars on federal court practice.

David’s practice extends to both trials and appeals. He is one of the select few Arkansas litigators who is recognized as both an accomplished trial and appellate lawyer.

David has been the lead defense counsel in the litigation of the constitutionality of the ‘Arkansas Tort Reform’ legislation.


Misrepresentation in the Life, Health, and Disabilty Insurance Application Process: A National Survey, Author of the Arkansas Section. American Bar Association, 2009.

Applying the Church Plan Exception to ERISA: When is a Benefit Plan Maintained by a Church?, Defense Research Institute, Life, Health and Disability News, September 2005.

The following are the reported appellate decisions in which David was both the lead trial counsel and appellate counsel.