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I have been an attorney for over 34 years and a medical negligence trial lawyer for most of my career.  My multi-state practice only accepts medical malpractice cases.  My prior experience defending malpractice cases filed against the government and later, defending physicans and prestigious medical centers, such as The Cleveland Clinic in malpractice cases, provides me a unique perspective now in litigating medical negligence cases on behalf of severely injured patients and/or their loved ones.  I have concentrated at times on birth injury cases, as you can see from my publication titles and listings, however, I handle all areas of medical negligence injury and wrongful death trial work including malpractice cases against physicians, specialists, hospitals, nurses, therapists and nursing homes.  One of my prior positions was as the lead Pentagon attorney handling the defense of medical malpractice cases related to medical care at Army hospitals and clinics.  Therefore, the handling of malpractice cases filed under the Federal Tort Claims Act involving substandard care and treatment at military and VA medical centers evolved into another area of emphasis in my trial practice.  My current licensing, in good standing in SEVEN states, helps to provide a broad base of experience across numerous state lines.  In those states where I do not have a current license, I can often make a special appearance "pro hac vice" by virtue of my experience as a medical malpractice litigator and  prosecute the action (in conjuction with local counsel) as first chair.  I am honored to be among those successful attorneys qualifying for selection into the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, based upon large settlements or verdicts in past cases.


Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 100%
    32 years



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  • Chuck R. Pardue

    I strongly endorse this lawyer's work. I have worked David Sumner on various medical malpractice cases for over 15 years. David has an excellent grasp of complex medical issues and has medical resources and many physician contacts that enable David to receive many referrals and associations on cases by other medical malpractice attorneys. David is highly ethical and is very respected by co-counsel and opposing counsel.


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AZActive 201104/02/2016
SCGood Standing200503/07/2013
GAActive Member in Good Standing 199907/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Top LawyersMain Line Today Magazine2012
Million Dollar Advocates ForumTrial Lawyers2000
Meritorious Service Award (1st Oak Leaf Cluster)United States Army JAGC1985
Top 3% of law school classUniversity of Arkansas School of Law1978
Associate EditorArkansas Law Review1977
Who's Who Among Students in Universities and CollegesWho's Who1975
Bradbury Political Science AwardBradbury Political Science Award (highest GPA)1975
Magna Cum Laude graduateHardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas1975
Outstanding Army ROTC Cadet AwardU.S. Army (Hardin-Simmons University)1974
Outstanding Army ROTC Cadet AwardU.S. Army (University of Arkansas)1973
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerSumner Medical Law1999 - Present
Adjunct Faculty CritiquerNITA Sponsored Programs2000 - 2003
Special AttorneyTort Branch, Civil Division, Department of Justice1985 - 1986
Federal Tort Claims Trial AttorneyUS Army JAG Corps1984 - 1986
Rotating InstructorOffice of U.S. Attorney General1984 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
Arizona Association for Justice (Trial Lawyers)Member2016 - Present
State Bar of ArizonaMember2011 - Present
South Carolina Association for Justice (Trial Lawyers)Member2005 - Present
South Carolina Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember1999 - Present
Pennsylvania Association For Justice (Trial Lawyers)Member1999 - Present
Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1999 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Maryland State Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Arkansas Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Medical Malpractice Law & Strategy"Chorionic Villus Sampling: Pro's, Con's and Alternatives"1994
Medical Malpractice Law & Strategy"How to Locate Credible Experts"1991
Medical Malpractice Law & Strategy"Screening Plaintiff Malpractice Cases"1991
Medical Malpractice Law & Strategy"Proof of Brain Injury in Obstetcrical Malpractice Cases"1989
Medical Malpractice Law & Strategy"Deposing the Medical Expert"1987
Medical Malpractice Law & Strategy"Fetal Heart Monitoring"1986
Medical Malpractice Law & Strategy"Apgar Scores in Infant Cases"1986
Medical Malpractice Law & Strategy"Obstetrical Malpractice Glossary" (Issue Insert)1986
Medical Malpractice Law & Strategy"Evaluating the Meconium Staining Case"1985
Medical Malpractice Law and StrategyProof of Hypoxic Brain Damage in Birth Cases1978
Medical Malpractice Law & StrategyBoard of ContributorsN/A
Arkansas Law ReviewAssociate EditorN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Leflar Law CenterN/AJ.D. (with honors)1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (Philadelphia chapter)Evaluation of the Obstetrical Malpractice Case2000