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David is the Senior Partner of Elk & Elk in Cleveland, Ohio.  As an Ohio personal injury lawyer, he has represented thousands of medical malpractice and wrongful death victims throughout the state for nearly 50 years. Dave believes that quality legal representation allows all people to level the playing field against the big insurance companies. He has devoted his entire professional life of almost five decades to helping injured people receive the compensation they deserve.

Dave began his professional career with one of the largest and most prestigious personal injury law firms in Ohio and spent his first seven years under the wing of Ohio's best. After practicing on his own for several years, his entrepreneurial spirit got the better of him and he ventured into a practice with his brother Art, whom together built geographically one of the largest injury practices in the state of Ohio.

Lecturing frequently at seminars for the Ohio Trial Lawyers Association on litigation and injury issues, Dave takes an active role in teaching other lawyers how to better represent their injury clients in today's ever changing legal system.

When Dave isn’t representing the rights of injury victims, he spends his time being an active husband, father and grandfather to his wife Marilyn, three children, granddaughters Meredith, Madison and Celia, and grandson Dylan.


Contact info

Elk & Elk Co., Ltd. - Cleveland

6105 Parkland Boulevard
Cleveland, OH, 44124

Elk & Elk Co., Ltd. - Columbus

250 E. Broad Street
10th Floor
Columbus, OH, 43215

Elk & Elk Co., Ltd. - Cincinnati

22 West 9th Street
Cincinnati, OH, 45202


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 100%



Contingent (33-40%), Free consultation (120 minutes)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse David. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Joseph Randolph Klammer

    I have had the opportunity to work with and interact with Mr. Elk on a number of occasions. He simply fine lawyer and candidly, a very fine person.


    Joseph Klammer Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Friend


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
4.4/5.0 BV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell ® Peer Review Rating ™Martindale-Hubbell2015
Who's Who Top 10 Members in LawWho's Who2009
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates ForumN/A
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior PartnerElk & Elk Associates CO LPA1984 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Ohio Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Summit County Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Lake County Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Cuyahoga County Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Ohio State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Medical MalpracticeCase Settled for $900,000.00
Failure to DiagnoseCase Settled for $750,000.00
Wrongful DeathCase Settled for $784,811.76
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Case Western Reserve University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1964
Case Western Reserve UniversityBusiness AdministrationBA - Bachelor of Arts1961