David P. Donahue


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David P. Donahue
David P. Donahue

  • University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1998
    • Alabama Law Review, Editor
    • Order of the Coif
  • University of Alabama, B.A., 1993
Bar Admissions
  • Alabama, 1998
  • Florida, 2015
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Professional Affiliations
  • The Association of Life Insurance Counsel
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Alabama State Bar Association
  • Birmingham Bar Association
Super Lawyers 2018
Best Lawyers 2019
Super Lawyers 2017
Best Lawyers
Super Lawyers
Top Attorneys 2016

“My goal is to provide high quality legal service and aggressive advocacy within a cost-effective and common sense approach.”

David Donahue is an experienced litigator representing clients in individual matters and class actions filed all over the country.  David has handled wide variety of complex cases including product liability, commercial litigation, and state and local tax litigation while developing a specialty in insurance and financial services litigation.  

He regularly represents life, health and disability insurers in contestable claim, bad faith, sales practice, fraud, interpleader, agent dispute, STOLI, 412(i)/419 and ERISA litigation matters filed all over the country.  He also routinely represents property, casualty and commercial insurance carriers in claim and coverage disputes.  He is a member of the Association of Life Insurance Counsel and is frequent speaker on insurance industry trends and litigation topics.  David has an AV Rating with Martindale-Hubbell and has been listed as an Alabama Super Lawyer in insurance law since 2012.

Outside of the office, David is active in his community and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Red Mountain Theatre Company and The Literacy Council.  He is an avid music and college sports fan and enjoys spending time with his wife, three children and two dogs. 

  • Recently obtained a “zero award” on behalf of a major life insurance company following two week arbitration involving claims of breach of contract and tortuous interference with business relationship brought by a large independent insurance agency.
  • Currently representing several property insurers and managing large docket of first party property claim matters filed throughout Florida.
  • Currently representing the City of Birmingham, Alabama in several sales and use tax litigation matters involving allegations of discriminatory taxation.
  • Obtained favorable settlement in RICO class action recently filed in the Northern District of Alabama involving sale of limited benefit medical insurance.
  • Obtained summary judgment in $5M life insurance reinstatement case involving a life settlement filed in the Central District of California.  The decision was recently affirmed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Obtained summary judgment in $5M life insurance reinstatement case involving a life settlement filed in the District of Colorado.
  • Obtained defense verdict in bad faith claim involving credit life insurance policy in case filed in Raleigh County, West Virginia.
  • In one of the first favorable cases for the insurance industry, obtained summary judgment in multi-million dollar stranger owned life insurance case filed in the Northern District of Georgia. The decision was later affirmed by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Achieved favorable legal precedent for life insurance industry in stranger owned life insurance matter filed in the Northern District of Indiana by obtaining ruling allowing company to dispute claim made after the policies contestability period on basis of lack of insurable interest.
  • Obtained dismissal of two putative class actions pending in Alabama and Mississippi related to premiums charged for cancer indemnity policies.
  • Obtained dismissal of putative class action filed in the Middle District of Alabama involving rates charged for property insurance policies.
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Rating
  • Recognized in Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2012-2018
  • Recognized in Birmingham Magazine, Top Attorneys, 2016
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2018 - 2020