David was born in Nashville, Tennessee. He graduated with highest distinction from Tennessee Technological University, where he was first in his class in Mathematics and received both the R. H. Moorman Scholarship and the Mathematics Award. While attending Vanderbilt University, he was the recipient of the William B. Marr Scholarship. He also served as an editor of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law and as an editor of The Vanderbilt Moot Court Board.
David is board certified by The Florida Bar both as a Civil Trial Lawyer and Business Litigation Attorney, and is also certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in Civil Trial Advocacy. He holds the highest ranking an individual attorney can receive (AV), as designated by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. He is admitted to practice before all Florida state courts, as well as by the United States District Court for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court.
In 2000, David was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, representing portions of Seminole and Orange Counties. He was re-elected to the Florida House in 2002, 2004, and 2006. In 2010, David was elected to the Florida Senate, where he presently serves as Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee.
David is listed in the 2006 – 2016 Florida Super Lawyers and various other lists of Florida’s and Central Florida’s best lawyers.
- The Florida Bar
- Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, The Florida Bar
- Board Certified Business Litigation Attorney, The Florida Bar
- Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy
- Orange County Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- The Florida House of Representatives, 2000 – 2008
- The Florida Senate, Majority Whip, 2010 – 2014
- Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee 2014 – Present
- Past Chairman, Orlando Landmarks Defense Trust
- Leadership Orlando, Class of 1991 – 1992
- Leadership Central Florida Class, 1996 – 1997
- U.S. Senator Connie Mack’s Federal Judicial Advisory Commission (1989-1992)
- Former Board of Directors member and President, Lakeside Alternatives, Inc.
- City of Orlando Citizens Review Committee
- Master, American Inns of Court