Awards & Recognition

David's unwavering commitment to justice has led to significant results for his clients.

David C. Prather is a board certified civil trial attorney and partner at Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather, Littky-Rubin & Whitman. For more than 30 years, David has represented injured clients in high-stakes cases, earning several of the largest auto negligence and non-surgical verdicts in the firm’s history, including a $35.2 million medical malpractice verdict on behalf of the family of a brain-damaged infant and an $11.6 million verdict in a negligent credentialing surgery case.

Focusing his practice on personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, products liability, and auto negligence litigation, David has earned verdicts and settlements exceeding $150 million for his clients throughout Florida and the United States.

In 2021, and again for 2022, David was named  “Lawyer of the Year” by the Best Lawyers in America® in Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Litigation; awards that were published in the Miami Herald and The Wall Street Journal.

In 2013, and 2014, he was a finalist for the Board Certified Civil Trial of the Year Award by the Board of Legal Specialization and Education. David is continually included in prestigious professional listings, including Best Lawyers in America®, Super Lawyers®, South Florida Legal Guide, and Florida Trend magazine’s “Legal Elite.”

David was appointed to the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) in 2012 and again in 2014 by U.S. Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, and is a past president of the Palm Beach County Justice Association.

David is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, which denotes the highest level of professional excellence and ethical standards in the legal industry. In 2016, David secured the 38th largest verdict in the State of Florida and earned a place in the “Top 100 Verdicts” in Florida for that year.

Previously serving as both an assistant public defender and assistant state prosecutor, David is an active member of the Palm Beach County legal and business communities, mentoring and helping to develop the next generation of professional and civic leaders. He was a board advisor for five years and continues to be a yearly sponsor of the F. Malcolm Cunningham Sr. Bar Association William M. Holland Scholarship Luncheon. David also regularly speaks at schools throughout the county to students considering a career in law.

International Career and Business Alliance, Inc. awarded David for his philanthropic and industry contributions, naming him among South Florida’s 100 Most Accomplished Black Professionals in Law and Healthcare. A fitting title, indeed, as David has assumed leadership roles on over 15 committees and boards, including the Florida Board of Governors and local bar chapters. His popularity within the South Florida legal community continues to grow. He served as Vice Chair of Florida Bar Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee until June of 2020 after two terms.

Legal Victories

A $32 million verdict was reached by Partner David C. Prather and Nancy La Vista after eight years of trial delays for the family of a son who was born with severe birth defects due to medical negligence. After an appeal and two declaratory actions, the claim settled.

Partners David C. Prather and Nancy La Vista secured an $11.6 million verdict for a man who was left brain damaged after surgery to insert steel rods into his spine.

A $4.1 million verdict was reached by Partner David C. Prather on behalf of a 21 year old who suffered a “Hangman’s Fracture” in her neck after being hit on I-95 from behind at a high rate of speed.

David C. Prather secured a $3.5 million settlement for a client who became a paraplegic after her driver’s seat was broken during a rear-end car accident.

David C. Prather secured a $3 million settlement for a 21-year-old woman who was killed on her scooter by a person test driving a vehicle from a used car dealership.

A $1.4 million settlement was reached by Partner David C. Prather for a 39-year old woman who was hit by a commercial truck which ran a stop sign causing the client to require a three level cervical spine surgery.

David C. Prather Secures 1.4 million settlement for Truck Driver in Tractor-Trailer Crash

Two days before the jury trial was scheduled to begin, Partner David Prather reached a $1 million settlement for his client who was in a car accident and sustained a spinal injury.

A $1 million settlement was reached for a Florida woman who tripped and fell while leaving her place of employment. She sustained a displaced tibia fracture and several ruptured knee ligaments.

Partner David C. Prather secured a $750,000 settlement for his client who suffered injuries to his low back and neck, resulting in residual leg and low back pain.

Shortly before trial, Partner David C. Prather secured a $650,000 settlement, six times the available insurance policy limits, to his 42-year-old client who required lower back surgery after a car accident.

A $500,000 settlement was reached by Partner David C. Prather on behalf of a Florida man who suffered injuries to his back and neck following a rear-end collision.

A $465,000.00 settlement was secured for a lawyer colleague who was hit while bicycling, sustaining a punctured lung and two broken ribs.

David C. Prather Obtains Confidential Settlement for Severely Injured Client in Federal Court Trucking Case Filed in Illinois

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Titans of Trial: Cross Examination Webinar, Florida Justice Association, March 2021
  • Speaker, Criminal Defense Experts: Cross Examination Webinar, Palm Beach County Justice Association, July 2021
  • Judicial Panel Moderator, National Bar Association Region XI Conference, Jacksonville, FL – March 2019
  • “Know Your Worth: How to Ask for a Raise, Negotiate a Salary, and Compete for Work.” Florida Association of Women Lawyers Palm Beach County Chapter, Palm Beach, FL- February 2019
  • Mentor Speaker, “Latinos in Action”, Mentor Series, Lake Worth, FL – January 2019
  • Speaker, “Wrongful Death Committee Seminar: Unique Issues in Transportation Cases, West Palm Beach, FL – July 2020

Community Involvement

  • WPBT2 Public Television, PBS of South Florida
    • Vice Chair, 2022-2023
    • Treasurer, Board of Directors
    • Chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee
    • Chairman of the Audit Committee
  • Annual Sponsor, F. Malcolm Cunningham Sr. Bar Association William M. Holland Scholarship Luncheon

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