West Palm Beach Personal Injury Attorney
David C. Prather

David C. Prather



David C. Prather is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney who has earned the reputation of being the “Closer” in high-stakes cases that have resulted in multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Specializing in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death and auto negligence litigation, David has successfully argued and achieved several of the largest auto negligence verdicts and the largest non-surgical verdicts in the firm’s history. His contributions as co-counsel to Nancy La Vista were instrumental in securing a $35.2 million verdict on behalf of the family of a brain-damaged infant and an $11.6 million verdict in a negligent credentialing surgery case.

Previously serving as both an assistant public defender and assistant state prosecutor, David has been litigating cases in Palm Beach County since 1990 and has taken a very active role in the legal and business communities, mentoring and helping to develop the next generation of professional and civic leaders. He has also assumed a strategic, guiding position within The Florida Bar, which oversees the legal profession statewide, serving as a Young Lawyer Board of Governor member and currently serving on The Florida Bar Board of Governors, as well as its Executive Committee.

Contact David at dprather@clarkfountain.com.

  • J.D., Rutgers University Law School, 1990
  • B.A., honors, Hunter College of the City University of New York, 1987
Areas of Practice
Personal Injury,Wrongful Death,Accidents,Defective Products,Medical Malpractice
Certifications / Specialties
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
Awards & Honors
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers - 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America – Personal Injury Litigation 2008 - 2018
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year 2014 (West Palm Beach)
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated SM by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Florida Trend magazine's Legal Elite - Civil Trial Law – Top 2 % of Lawyers
  • Florida Super Lawyers – Top 5 % of attorneys in Florida
  • South Florida Legal Guide – Top Lawyers for Personal Injury
  • ICABA – named one of South Florida’s 100 most accomplished black professionals in law and healthcare
  • Wall Street Journal Top 100 Lawyers in Florida
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association: Young Lawyers Section 2014 ‘Friend of the Year’ award
  • Board of Legal Specialization and Education (BLSE): Finalist for the Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer of the Year Award in 2013 and 2014
  • F. Malcolm Cunningham Bar Association’s “President’s Award” - 2015
  • Treasurer of the Board - South Florida PBS - 2018
  • Top 100 Personal Injury Verdicts in Florida, 2017
Bar Admissions
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, North, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida
Professional Memberships
  • Florida Bar
    • Board of Governors (BOG)
    • Executive Committee (BOG)
  • Florida Supreme Court Historical Society
    • Trustee
  • Appointee to the Federal Judicial Nominating Committee (JNC) for the Southern District of Florida (2011 to present)
  • Federal Magistrate Selection Committee, Southern District of Florida
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, Board of Directors – Ex-Officio Member
  • Palm Beach County Justice Association, Past President
  • South Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • North Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Florida Justice Association (FJA): Eagle member
  • National Bar Association (NBA): Virgil Hawkins Chapter
  • F. Malcolm Cunningham Bar Association: Board Advisor
  • Cuban American Bar Association (CABA)
  • Hispanic Bar Association (HBA)
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL)
  • Palm Beach County Bar Professionalism Panel: 2013-2015
Community Involvement
  • Appointee to the Federal Judicial Nominating Committee (JNC) for the Southern District of Florida
  • WPBT2 Public Television
    • Treasurer, Board of Directors
    • Chairman of the Audit Committee

David Prather lives in Jupiter, Fla., and has three children: Christopher, Taylor and Ashley. He is also very active in the South Florida legal and charitable communities

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