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David Benton Purvis

Family Attorney at Savannah, GA

4.8   23 reviews

also known as David Purvis, David B. Purvis


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David Purvis advocates for families in Southeast Georgia including Chatham, Liberty, Bulloch, Effingham, and Bryan Counties, and beyond. His compassion and extensive knowledge and experience in handling complex family law matters, domestically and internationally, make him an asset to the Coastal Empire's legal community.

David is a Partner of The Manely Firm, P.C. in Savannah, Georgia and has established himself as a thought leader in family law. He has successfully argued in front of the Supreme Court of Georgia, Court of Appeals of Georgia, and has tried International Child Abduction cases in federal district courts in Florida and Georgia. David has heard appeals for the State's Child Abuse Registry, conducting hearings throughout Southeast Georgia as a Special Assistant Administrative Law Judge. He has served as the adjunct professor of Family Law at Savannah Law School and was the adjunct professor of Domestic Relations at Savannah Law School from 2015 to 2019. David has presented at Continuing Legal Education seminars for the State Bar Mid-Year Meeting and for the Savannah Bar Association over the last couple of years on the issues of current trends in family law and access to justice. He recently presented at the Family Law Institute Continuing Legal Education seminars on assisted reproduction law and surrogacy law in Georgia. David works closely with our Founding Attorney, Michael Manely, on complex family law matters throughout our firm's many offices in Georgia.

Located adjacent to Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield, David has extensive experience in handling military divorce, child support, and child custody cases. He possesses a keen understanding of the military community's unique procedures and policies and is devoted to assisting soldiers, veterans, and their families as they navigate complicated family law matters.

He is an active member of the community, serving as a deacon at his church and a moderator of the diaconate for 2020. David serves as an Ambassador for the Savannah Chamber of Commerce, as a member of the Savannah Bar Association, and serving on the Pro Bono Committee for the Georgia Legal Services Program. He is annually recognized for his pro bono legal services to the Savannah community and believes access to justice should have no financial restrictions.

David is a double alumnus from Georgia State University and graduated with a B.A. in history in 2001 and from the College of Law in 2010. During law school, he was the president of the Student Bar Association and received the Patrick Wiseman Moot Court Award. Prior to joining The Manely Firm, David had his own practice in Savannah and previously worked for Breakfield & Associates in Gainesville, Georgia where he had a general practice which included family law, criminal defense, and personal injury.

Photos and videos

"They did not read me my Miranda rights!" Video 1 of 3

David Purvis of Breakfield & Associates, Attorneys in Gainesville, Georgia talks about criminal defendant's Miranda rights.
"When Should Miranda Rights be Read?" Video 2 of 3

David Purvis of Breakfield & Associates, Attorneys in Gainesville, Georgia talks about when criminal defendants should have their Miranda rights read to them.
"The Rights Contained in Miranda" Video 3 of 3

David Purvis of Breakfield & Associates, Attorneys in Hall County, Georgia talks about criminal defendant's Miranda rights.
Savannah Lawyer David Purvis
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Licensed for 12 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2010
Updated 11/03/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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The Manely Firm, PC
128 Habersham Street
Savannah, GA, 31401

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Nj | July 16, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Amazing!
Mr. Purvis is among the very best! He is a kind, compassionate, insightful, knowledgeable, and an overall amazing attorney. He listens intently and provides the best possible council for the case. Having consulted others, I was impressed by his ability to accurately understand my concerns, to explain the divorce process as it relates to my case, to be able to easily answer my questions and to alleviate my anxiety rather effortlessly. As compared to others, Mr. Purvis offers services that are very reasonably priced. Unfortunately, at the time of my consult he was a bit above what I could afford otherwise I would have definitely hired his representation without a second thought. Highly recommended!
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Posted by Briana | February 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic!
Most would think that my divorce was going to be quick and simple. The only thing my ex-husband and I had to argue over was our son. We had no assets together, so it should have been quick and painless. We were in for a rude awakening. My parents and I consulted with David based on his reviews and I am so glad that we hired him. My case was being fought in a county where my ex-husband's family had ties to most of the judges as well as the sheriff. They were considered "pillars in the community" and it caused many roadblocks. My ex-husband's first attorney unethically obtained an ex-parte order stripping my child away from me and giving my ex-husband temporary custody. This was just the start of my battles in a county that had many corrupt on-goings, but through all of this, David continuously took the high road (even when I didn't want to). David never forced me to make a decision that I wasn't comfortable with, but he made me see things in different lights, and I think that saved my case in a lot of ways. David was always professional, caring, responsive, and understanding of my situation and my feelings. He had to do a lot of extra work because of things that were done by other attorneys behind closed doors, and even when we felt like our backs were against the wall, David never stooped down to the other party's levels, even though I gave him plenty of ammunition. In the end, David and his professionalism prevailed and I am now successfully divorced and able to move forward with my son and work towards our futures and goals. None of this would be possible if not for David's help. I'm sure that my ex and I will have to go back to court at some point in time, and I don't dread it nearly as much knowing that David is in my corner.
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Posted by Jordan | August 27, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Outstanding!
I scheduled a free consult with three attorneys in one day. Mr. Purvis was my last attorney interview of the day and he blew the other attorneys out of the water! I was so impressed with his ability to understand my case without me having to point the details out to him. He saw the big picture when other attorneys did not. I could tell that he has handled many divorce cases. I would love to hire him, however the retainer is a tad out of my reach. The retainer is reasonably priced, it is just that my case is not that complex and I am really hoping to settle out of court. If I had the money available I would most definitely hire Mr. Purvis! I am still hoping to raise the money to have him represent me. By hiring him my mind would be at ease because I just know he would go after what I wanted, with the best interest in mind for my child and myself. In the future I will seek David Purvis for any legal matter if needed. Highly recommended.
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Posted by Casey | August 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
In the worst of times...
David was personable at a time when my daughter and I were in dire need for his guidance and services. David's professionalism and experienced approach were invaluable through the process of divorce and custody which resulted in a positive outcome for our case. I highly recommend hiring David based on his integrity and commitment.
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Posted by Cjira | July 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing!
In 2013, my ex husband filed a false court order abruptly keeping my child in Georgia after Summer visitation. I was immediately referred to the Manely Firm, where I was assigned David Purvis. I can never properly express my gratitude to everyone at the Manely Firm, but mostly David, for the manner in which my case was handled. David and Michael Manely took me on in a very emotional state, explained how and why my ex husband filed the paperwork he did, and how they were going to correct it. Instead of engaging in dirty tactics with the opposing council, David took the high road throughout the entire course of our case. He made sure the judge heard only the facts and as a result I now, once again, have primary custody of my child. He was also recently able to help recover a portion of my attorney's fees. Not only was David easily accessible, engaged, professional and thorough during the course of our case, he was also extremely compassionate and understanding. I could not imagine having another attorney or firm represent us, ever.
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Posted by Kevin Bridges | April 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A++
David represented me in a case whereby my ex wife was seeking to move my children 5hrs away - which would have affected my critical weekday visitation. David won my case. But HOW he won it is worth mentioning. While the opposing attorney relied on the time-worn tactics of 'muddying the waters," defaming me, and generally throwing stones to see which landed, David stuck to the facts, cited precedent and handled himself with superb professionalism with the court and witnesses. As others have mentioned, David's personal qualities are also to be admired; genuinely kind natured and concerned about the real lives affected by the outcome of the case. Winning these cases can be difficult for men even when the facts are on their side. I am extremely grateful (as are my kids) to have found such a quality person and talented attorney to represent me.
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Posted by Randy | April 13, 2015
David Purvis, Manely Firm PC/All Family Law
I wanted to take this opportunity to provide a very positive rating for Mr. Purvis. Although the divorce case between my spouse and I should have been very straight forward/simplistic (ie: no children or custody issues), there were times that my spouse became quite irrational and caused our case to move from uncontested to contested. Mr Purvis' experience and knowlegde assured me this was not only unfortunate and unnecessary, but was confident it could still be pursued as uncontested divorce. Mr Purvis immediately began discussing the case with my spouses attorney. As a result, Mr Purvis' ability to ultimately reverse our case to an uncontested status and achieve an agreeable settlement was successful. Mr. Purvis could have proceeded down a very lengthy and costly road given the circumstances. However, he put my best interests first and represented me very well with a harmonious outcome. Even with the unnecessary circumstances that surrounded my divorce case as a result of an irrational spouse, the cost to me was minimal and was charged based only on what was ultimately required. Mr Purvis responded very quickly to all of my email correspondence and helped me maintain a positive focus of the endstate. I was assured from the beginning this would be handled to my satisfaction and can attest to the fact Mr Purvis will put all his future clients best interests first. I want to thank Mr Purvis and his staff for helping me and will be sure to recommend him/the firm to other's that may need quality litigation or just advice regarding divorce proceedings. Thanks Dave!
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Posted by Randy | April 13, 2015
Reasonable priced lawyer, with great service!
I filled for a no fault divorce and attorney Purvis was not only very affordable in his fees but also timely in responding back to any questions I had for him. He even went as far as to help get me the document to transfer the deed to my rental property into my ex-wife's name. I am glad I found a way to hire a lawyer without paying a fortune in fees. I would recommend him to everyone in need of a good lawyer.
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Posted by Jon | April 13, 2015
Extremely helpful and professional!
Mr. Purvis is a very understanding person, not just your average lawyer. He kept me informed throughout the entire process,and answered every question with a very thorough answer. Not only was he able to take my case he also made me feel like I had somebody looking out for my best interest! If I ever need legal counsel again I know where to turn!
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Posted by Michael | November 20, 2014
Military Divorce
Mr. Purvis was always very helpful and honest when it came to dealing with my case. He never tried to drag out or extend the process to try to get more money out of me. He was always able to answer all my questions quickly and would work with my schedule to meet to discuss any matters to hand. My divorce was settle in approximately three months and having David represent me made the process that much easier.
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Posted by Emil | July 2, 2014
David Purvis was caring, experienced, and trustworthy...Most importantly , HE WON MY CASE!
David Purvis is an excellent choice for an attorney to represent you. My child and home were taken from me and David got both back! He is extremely knowledgeable, tenacious, professional and personable. As difficult as my situation was, he somehow made me feel comfortable knowing that he would represent me to the fullest. And he did! He is a gentleman with high standards and great morals. His communication was always prompt and results oriented. From the beginning, he had a winning strategy! I was completely satisfied with his work.
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Posted by Sara | March 12, 2014
David Purvis went above and beyond for my family, and is a person that I both trust and always recommend to others.
I hired Mr. Purvis to organize papers for medical care for my family, and couldn't have been more pleased with his work! He is kind and professional, understanding of difficult situations, and takes the time to thoroughly explain the process to older family members. He also helped to calm the waters ahead of the necessary time by initiating conversations with all pertinent parties. I have found him to be the absolute best choice for my family's needs. I recommend his services to anyone seeking an attorney that acts with the same regard and care that one gives their own family.
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Posted by Tim | February 9, 2014
Custody/Child support modification that was way out of line. Ex-spouse was in contempt of court and refusing my daughter visits
Mr. Purvis, with the Manely Law Firm, represented my daughter in a custody/child support case that was astronomical, vicious, cruel and unjust. She had poor representation in the initial hearing plus the fact that ex-husband and his family hid my daughter's son, my grandson, from her. My daughter and I saw right away that Mr. Purvis was caring and concerned and knowledgeable which put us at ease right away. We felt that we finally found an attorney who believed in us and the well being of our son/grandson. He and his paralegal gathered the facts and continually was in contact with my daughter searching, investigating and gathering facts. He demonstrated professionalism beyond what we had experienced with the previous attorney. I am also a court appointed special advocate for children, CASA, and have witnessed other attorneys in court room and fact finding, Mr. Purvis exceeded what I have witnessed from other attorneys. Even though he was retained by my daughter, I had researched law firms and attorneys for sometime Chatham and Effingham counties. Mr. Purvis always welcomed me an listened to what I had to share about my daughters case. I kept files and records, etc. on the events from day one long before we ever met. Previous attorney wasn't interested in my notes and files at all. Mr. Purvis took time and reviewed my notes and records and was able to use what records I had to see a clear picture of my daughters case and the ex's history and nature. The end result at the final hearing was a complete success and victory for my daughter. Child support was reduced 50%, visitation was revised to give my daughter the much needed time and access to/ with her son. As well as travel outside of our state which was denied in the original hearing. That attorney blew off as out of the question. Wasn't even going attempt getting that before the judge with any argument. There were a few other changes in her and my grandsons best interest. An amazingly, I don't know how he did it, now myself and wife the grandparents, were ordered by the judge for us to visit and travel with our grandson out of state. Our grandson is seven. I wish we could have found Mr. Purvis from the start. My daughter and I received superb representation and guidance that was only overshadowed by his excellent character. I think the best way to describe all was we were secure with him. I will recommend Mr. Purvis and I already have recommended him. Thank You.
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Posted by James | April 26, 2013
Great Lawyer
She was able to get a DUI reduced for me with the evidence that I provided. He worked tirelessly, never upcharged, and was always accessible.
Posted by Frank | December 14, 2012
An Excellent Firm, An Excellent Lawyer
Mr. David Purvis far exceeded my hopes and expectations for a fair, timely and cost effective case. I came easily to trust his carefully given guidance in every instance. I will not hesitate to call on Mr. Purvis if ever ligation arises in my future.
Posted by Will | October 12, 2012
Fantastic work
David recently assisted me with a traffic violation I recieved in Gwinnett County. I would recommend David to anyone who is in need of an attorney. After dealing with David, I felt as though I not only have a great attorney, but I also have a friend in the community.
Posted by anonymous | July 25, 2012
Honest Lawyer
I don’t live in Georgia and was looking for a lawyer on the internet to help with an under age alcohol charge in Gwinette County for one of my children. If you find yourself in a similar situation, I would highly recommend David Purvis of Breakfield & Associates. From our first conversation he gave me great confidence that he would take care of the issue and work to get the best possible outcome. He stayed in contact with me throughout the process, keeping me informed at each step. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an honest lawyer.
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Posted by Debra | July 3, 2012
Suspended License!
My daughter had 2 minor accidents under the age of 18. With the new laws if you are under 18 and get 4 points cumulative you loose your license. We called around and spoke to several attorneys but when we got David Purvis on the phone we knew he was the attorney for us. He was very knowledgeable and creative with the approach he took. What stood out the most was his demeanor and his compassion. He made a very scared 17 year old feel comfortable as he coached her through the process. In the end, she was able to plead to a violation that carried no points and got her license back. You can't go wrong with David Purvis and his staff!
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Posted by Viktor | June 8, 2012
Earned me a very fair deal on a speeding violation
I had David Purvis represent me in a court for a speeding violation going 25 over. I was going to lose my license over this. But with his guidance on what to do and how to prepare for the court date, I got a very fair deal with the prosecutor that resulted on no points being added on to my license and a low fine on top of that. If you need legal representation in Oakwood, Gainesville, and perhaps even in all of Hall county, I would recommend Brickfield and associates. Always better to go with lawyers that are known and respected by the judge and prosecutors.
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Posted by Kevin | August 25, 2011
Service beyond expectations!!!
I am the general manager at a local business in Atlanta. The company had a legal issue that David was employed to take care of. David was very thorough in explaining all the phases of the legal system important to our case. He made sure we were aware of all the "in's and out's" we were going to face while going through the process. And in the court room he could have been the 2011 version of Perry Mason!!! Needless to say, because of David's performance, the case against the company was dismissed! David did a great job for us, and we will surely utilize his service (if needed) again! THANKS DAVID!!!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-300 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • The Manely Firm
  • 2013 - Present
  • Special Assistant Administrative Law Judge
  • Office of State Administrative Hearings
  • 2017 - 2020
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Savannah Law School
  • 2015 - 2020
  • Attorney
  • Purvis Attorneys, LLC
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Assistant Solicitor
  • City of Gainesville, Georgia
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • Breakfield & Associates, Attorneys
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Law Clerk
  • Haskin Law
  • 2008 - 2010
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Education

  • Georgia State University
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Georgia State University
  • B.A
  • 2001

Legal Cases

  • Chid Custody
  • Obtained primary custody of child for client and returned client to her home
  • Child Custody
  • Able to track down custodial parent and child, enforce visitation, and lower client's child support obligation by almost half.
  • Child Custody
  • Showed the judge he had been misled and secured the return of the child to the custodial parent.
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Associations

  • Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Chamber Ambassador
  • 2014 - Present
  • Savannah Bar Association
  • 2013 - Present
  • Arts Resource Collective Savannah
  • Board of Directors
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Gainesville-Northeastern Bar Association
  • Young Lawyers Division Senator
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Northeast Georgia Bar Association
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Moot Court Honor Society
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Student Bar Association
  • 2007 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Mr. GSU Law
  • Georgia State University College of Law Student Body
  • 2010
  • Patrick J. Wiseman Award
  • Georgia State University Moot Court Board
  • 2010
  • President
  • Student Bar Association
  • 2010
  • Outstanding Service Award
  • Guitar Center Stores
  • 2004
  • Outstanding Service Award
  • Guitar Center Stores
  • 2003
  • Outstanding Service Award
  • Guitar Center Stores
  • 2001
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Publications

  • The Manely Firm, P.C. Blog
  • Too Late
  • 2016
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Speaking Engagements

  • 37th Annual Georgia Family Law Institute
  • Bringing Up Baby: The Changing Face of Family: ART, IVF, and Surrogacy
  • 2019
  • State Bar of Georgia Mid-Year Meeting
  • Access to Justice CLE Panel
  • 2016
  • Savannah Bar Association's annual Continuing Legal Education seminar
  • Family Law Case Law Update
  • 2016
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (48)
Endorse David
Family Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Friend
"I've known Dave since law school. He's one of the most ethical and responsible attorneys that I know. He was always a leader in our class and someone you count on. He's had a unique range of experience in different legal fields that really help in the practice of family law. I highly recommend him for any one with family law or divorce issues."
Family Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David Purvis is an excellent attorney, skilled and professional in all areas of litigation. I highly recommend Mr. Purvis for your family law needs."
Family Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Attorney David Purvis is a truly exceptional attorney, advocate, professor, co-worker, and friend. His skills and knowledge in family law, military related issues, and IVF related issues provide his clients the comfort of knowing they are in great hands!"
Family Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Professor/Attorney Purvis is intelligent, compassionate, and knowledgeable. He is well established in his community and has a great reputation. Two thumbs up."
Family Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. David is a thoughtful and committed attorney who will fight for your rights."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Purvis is a wonderful advocate for his clients, and a pleasure to have as opposing counsel. He treats everyone he meets with kindness and professionalism."
Family Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Purvis is an excellent attorney, committed to his clients and his practice. He is very knowledgeable and brings his experience into his practice. I highly recommend this attorney."
Family Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"David Purvis is one of the best family law attorneys and best divorce lawyers in Savannah. His knowledge and experience has been acknowledged by his recent selection as a professor for the Savannah Law School."
Family Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David is an intelligent, hard-working, and caring attorney. He is an excellent attorney. He is a law professor and is very knowledgeable, especially regarding military issues within family law."
Family Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse David without hesitation. I have known David since he began practicing in Savannah. David is one of the most well prepared and diligent attorneys that I know. Even though I practice Family Law, I have referred clients to David. I know David will do his very best to fight for his client."
Family Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known David Purvis since he relocated to Savannah. During that time I have had the pleasure to observe him in court on numerous occasions. David always conducts himself with the utmost sense of professionalism and courtesy to all - clients, other counsel and the court. He is intelligent, ethical and very personable. I often recommend David to clients seeking an attorney for divorce, and/or custody matters. Furthermore, I would retain David Purvis to represent me."
Family Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Friend
"I highly endorse David without reservation. Great guy and great lawyer!"
Family Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known David since law school. He was an excellent student back then, and his litigation skills now are equally impressive. His background in various types of law is key for family law, and I know he will excel there in the future."
Family Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I met David Purvis several months ago when he first moved to Savannah to practice law. David is an extremely caring attorney who is very professional and goes above and beyond in order to help his clients with difficult situations."
Family Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have known David Purvis since law school and now have the pleasure of working with him. David is dedicated to representing clients in family law cases, which he does with great passion. David is an excellent lawyer and a great person in general."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I am proud to endorse David. David is an exceptional fellow Family Law attorney who always puts his clients first. He is quickly gaining a reputation for his unique and resourceful ways of thinking through tough and unique cases."
Family Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. David brings his considerable knowledge of the law to work effectively for his clients with great success."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. David has a passion for family law and mature, compassionate approach to his clients and their families. David's trial skills are exceptional. He can cut to the heart of the matter which saves the clients money and greatly reduces drama. I recommend David Purvis wholeheartedly."
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