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David practices exclusively in the area of family law. Additionally, he is the adjunct professor for Domestic Relations at Savannah Law School and has been asked to speak at Continuing Legal Education seminars on family law and access to justice topics. David received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. 


David handles family law throughout Southeast Georgia, including Savannah, Chatham County, Effingham County, Bulloch County, Liberty County, and Bryan County.

David previously worked at a well respected firm in Gainesville, Georgia where he also served as an Assistant Solicitor for the Municipal Court of Gainesville, Georgia. He also managed his own firm in Savannah, Georgia.

David was the president of the Student Bar Association at Georgia State University’s College of Law and was awarded the Patrick J. Wiseman Moot Court award for 2009-2010 for his work with the Moot Court Board.


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Practice areas


  1. Family: 50%
  2. Divorce: 30%
  3. Alimony: 10%
  4. Child Support: 5%
  5. Child Custody: 5%



Hourly ($150-250/hour), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

26 total 

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  • William Franklin Smith III

    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.


    William Smith Nursing home abuse and neglect Attorney
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  • Lauren Nicole Tignor

    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.


    Lauren Tignor Criminal defense Attorney
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Contact info

The Manely Firm, PC

427 E. York Street
Savannah, GA, 31401


GAActive Member in Good Standing 201008/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client's Choice AwardAvvo2012
Patrick J. Wiseman AwardGeorgia State University Moot Court Board2010
PresidentStudent Bar Association2010
Mr. GSU LawGeorgia State University College of Law Student Body2010
Outstanding Service AwardGuitar Center Stores2004
Outstanding Service AwardGuitar Center Stores2003
Outstanding Service AwardGuitar Center Stores2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorSavannah Law School2015 - Present
Family Law AttorneyThe Manely Firm2013 - Present
AttorneyPurvis Attorneys, LLC2013 - 2013
Assistant SolicitorCity of Gainesville, Georgia2012 - 2013
AttorneyBreakfield & Associates, Attorneys2011 - 2013
Law ClerkHaskin Law2008 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
Savannah Area Chamber of CommerceChamber Ambassador2014 - Present
Savannah Bar AssociationN/A2013 - Present
Arts Resource Collective SavannahBoard of Directors2014 - 2015
Gainesville-Northeastern Bar AssociationYoung Lawyers Division Senator2012 - 2012
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2011 - 2013
Northeast Georgia Bar AssociationN/A2011 - 2013
Moot Court Honor SocietyN/A2008 - 2010
Student Bar AssociationN/A2007 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
DUI CaseFavorable plea.
DUI Case - Expert WitnessN/A
Towing DefenseCase Dismissed
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Manely Firm WebsiteNew Year, New You? - Discernment Counseling2014
www.AllFAmilyLaw.comCareful With That Text Eugene, It's Evidence2014
The Manely FirmParenting Time2014
The Manely Firm websiteDivorce at Valentine's Day: Spread the Love2014
Savannah DUI Lawyer BlogGeorgia Roadside Sobriety Tests2013
Savannah DUI Lawyer BlogDUI Top Question: To Blow or Not To Blow2013
Savannah DUI Lawyer BlogStages of a DUI Arrest in Savannah, Georgia2013
Savannah DUI Lawyer Blog2013 Savannah St. Patrick's Day Tips2013
The Manely Firm WebsiteThe Grinch Writ Large in Family Law2013
The Manely Firm WebsiteChild Support: Living Below Poverty Level2013
The Manely Firm websiteI Know Why the Cage Spoused Sings2013
The Manely Firm websiteHappiness in Family Law2013
Breakfield & Associates, Attorneys"They Didn't Read Me My Rights!"2011
Breakfield & Associates, LLCWhen Should Miranda Warnings Be Read?2011
Breakfield & Associates, LLCThe Rights Contained in Miranda2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgia State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2010
Georgia State UniversityHistoryB.A2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
State Bar of Georgia Mid-Year MeetingAccess to Justice CLE Panel2016
Savannah Bar Association's annual Continuing Legal Education seminarFamily Law Case Law Update2016
Georgia State University JD Hooding CeremonyGraduation Speaker2010