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David  Carter was born in Vero Beach, Florida, and joined Gould Cooksey Fennell in 1994. Mr. Carter attended the University of Florida College of Law where he was a Senior Editor of the Florida Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. After graduating with honors from law school, Mr. Carter  founded and heads Gould Cooksey's Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Division.  Since returning to his home town of Vero Beach, Florida, Mr. Carter has handled hundreds of cases involving serious injury and death for victims throughout the Treasure and Space Coast areas. Recent jury verdicts in his clients’ favor rank among the highest awards in personal injury cases in the history of our community. He maintains an “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the largest and most comprehensive ratings document of lawyers in the world. From 2006 through the present, he has been named a “Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics Magazine. In 2007 he was named in Law Dragon 3000, which lists the Leading 3000 Attorneys in America. For the last three years, Mr. Carter has been included in the U.S. News and World Reports Best Lawyer rankings  and was named the 2015 Orlando area Personal Injury Litigation Plaintiff’s Lawyer of the Year by that publication. In 2009, the Governor appointed Mr. Carter to serve on the 19th Judicial Circuit’s Judicial Nominating Commission.



Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 50%
    25 years
  2. Medical Malpractice: 25%
    25 years
  3. Wrongful Death: 20%
    25 years
  4. Commercial Real Estate: 5%
    25 years



Hourly ($400/hour), contingent (25-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • John Michael Phillips

    I endorse Attorney Carter. From his credentials Avvo, it is clear he is dedicated to serving those in need and his clients. It's rare that lawyers spend so much valuable time helping the community and striving for more and I applaud him for doing it to such a great level. Kudos.


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  • Steven E. Heintz

    I endorse this lawyer's work. David is a great lawyer that readily helps other lawyers.


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Contact info

Gould Cooksey Fennell, P.A.

979 Beachland Blvd.
Vero Beach, FL, 32963-1688


FLMember in Good Standing199106/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Lawyer of the Year, Personal Injury LitigationBest Lawyers2015
Board Certified - Civil TrialFlorida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education2011
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers2011
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2007
Leading Plaintiff's' Lawyers in AmericaLawdragon Magazine 30002007
Invited MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2003
AV RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderGould Cooksey Fennell1994 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Judicial Nominating CommissionMember2009 - Present
Million Dollar Advocates ForumMember2003 - Present
Florida Justice AssociationBoard of Directors2000 - Present
Florida Bar Association, Trial Lawyers SectionMemberN/A
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Judicial Nominating CommissionMember2001 - 2004
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Patricia Hanson as Personal Representative for the Estate of Albert Williams v. The Place at Vero BeachSettlement
Freeman v. Direct Seafood3.8 million dollar verdict
Laporte v. Dept of Agriculture5.5 million dollar verdict
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
University of FloridaTelecommunication/Minor in BusinessTelecommunication1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Al J. Cone SeminarCross Examination of Expert Witness2011
FJA Winter Ski CLE SeminarUnethical Trial and Discovery Tactics2010
Al Cone Trial Advocacy SeminarDirect Examination of an Expert Witness2007
Workhorse SeminarEach and Every Step Which Must Be Taken During Defense Medical Examination2006
2005 Auto Negligence SeminarModerator2005
Workhorse SeminarTackling Issues Related to the Professional Expert Witness2002