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David M. Donovan's training for law practice began in college, competing in intercollegiate debate. Following his law school education, David clerked for a United States District Court Judge in Little Rock, before beginning private practice. He is licensed in both Arkansas and Arizona, and has actively litigated in both jurisdictions.
David's practice focuses on complex insurance and commercial litigation. In recent years, he has focused his practice on: ERISA and disability insurance; insurance bad faith; products liability; professional liability, defending lawyers, engineers, architects, and insurance brokers; construction litigation; complex commercial litigation, including the defense of consumer class actions; and the prosecution and defense of lender liability claims. David also has an active medical malpractice practice.
David has extensive experience in federal court. He was appointed by the Judges of the Eastern District of Arkansas to the Court's Federal Practice Committee, serving as chairman in 2010. He has conducted CLE seminars on federal court practice.
David's practice extends to both trials and appeals. He is one of the select few Arkansas litigators who is recognized as both an accomplished trial and appellate lawyer.
David has been the lead defense counsel in the litigation of the constitutionality of the 'Arkansas Tort Reform' legislation.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Mid-South Super Lawyers||2014|
|Super Lawyer||Mid-South Super Lawyers||2013|
|Arkansas Chapter - The James M. Moody Civility Award||American Board of Trial Advocates||2012|
|Personal Injury Litigation||Best Lawyers in America||2012|
|Super Lawyer||Mid-South Super Lawyers||2012|
|Personal Injury Litigation||Best Lawyers in America||2011|
|Leading Business Lawyer - Labor & Employee Benefits||Chambers & Partners USA Guide||2011|
|Super Lawyer||Mid-South Super Lawyers||2011|
|Personal Injury Litigation||Best Lawyers in America||2010|
|Leading Business Lawyer - Labor & Employee Benefits||Chambers & Partners USA Guide||2010|
|Super Lawyer||Mid-South Super Lawyers||2010|
|Leading Business Lawyer - Labor & Employee Benefits||Chambers & Partners USA Guide||2009|
|Super Lawyer||Mid-South Super Lawyers||2009|
|Personal Injury Litigation||Best Lawyers in America||2009|
|Leading Business Lawyer - Labor & Employee Benefits||Chambers & Partners USA Guide||2008|
|Super Lawyer||Mid-South Super Lawyers||2008|
|Personal Injury Litigation||Best Lawyers in America||2008|
|Leading Business Lawyer - Labor & Employee Benefits||Chambers & Partners USA Guide||2007|
|Super Lawyer||Mid-South Super Lawyers||2007|
|Personal Injury Litigation||Best Lawyers in America||2007|
|Super Lawyer||Mid-South Super Lawyers||2006|
|Partner||Watts, Donovan & Tilley, P.A.||2000 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Pulaski County Bar Association||President (2008)||N/A|
|Arkansas Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|American Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Defense Research Insitute||N/A||N/A|
|American Board of Trial Advocates||N/A||N/A|
|Judge William R. Overton American Inn of Court||N/A||N/A|
|American College of Trial Lawyers||N/A||N/A|
|Defense Research Institute ERISA Report||Subrogation and Reimbursement Rights and Remedies of ERISA Plans||2012|
|Author of Arkansas Section. American Bar Association||Misrepresentation in the Life, Health, and Disabilty Insurance Application Process: A National Survey||2009|
|Life, Health & Disability News (DRI, Defense Research Institute)||Applying the Church Plan Exception to ERISA: When is a Benefit Plan Maintained by a Church?||2005|
|University of Arkansas||N/A||J.D., with honors||1981|
|University of Kentucky||N/A||B.A.||1977|
|Broward Community College||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Federal Practice Seminar, Little Rock||Legal Ethics||2008|