2010 Healthcare Conference
David Dukes, Managing Partner, Nelson Mullins
David is the managing partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP. As firm managing partner, he chairs the Firm’s Executive Committee, a governing body of seven partners who oversee firm standing committees, strategic initiatives and firm operations. In 2005 the American Bar Association awarded Nelson Mullins the John Minor Wisdom Award for public service and professionalism. David has been recognized as one of the top product liability lawyers in the world by The Guide to the World’s Leading Product Liability Lawyers. He practices in the areas of pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, business litigation, technology law and litigation, and coordination of national litigation.
David has served as national trial counsel for companies in the pharmaceutical, computer, and consumer products industries. He speaks throughout the country on pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, and computer and technology-related litigation issues. David is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits, and the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina.
David is a past president of DRI, the 22,000 member national professional organization of lawyers who defend companies and individuals in civil litigation (Board of Directors, 2002-present; chairman, Drug and Device Law Committee, 1999-2001; South Carolina state chairman, 1993-97; Law Institute). He is a permanent member of the U.S. Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference and a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (chair, Toxic and Hazardous Substances Litigation Committee, 1996-98; faculty, IADC Trial Academy 1994). Additionally, David is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and member of the Richland County Bar Association and the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association.
In 1984, David earned a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Financial Management from Clemson University in 1981.