David I. Spector
David I. Spector
Partner 
222 Lakeview Avenue
Suite 400
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
 
Tel:
561.653.5000
Fax:
561.659.6313
 
 

David Spector has a broad based complex commercial litigation practice with an emphasis in the investigation and litigation of complex fraud schemes and unfair and deceptive practices on behalf of some of the nation's largest insurance companies. Through David's insurance litigation practice, he has developed an in-depth knowledge of the insurance industry and regularly consults with his clients on best practices of fraud detection and investigation. Further, David defends professional negligence claims and labor and employment disputes including litigation of national class actions, theft of trade secrets, and traditional employment discrimination and harassment matters. David has substantial jury trial experience and has tried cases in both federal and state courts throughout the United States.
 

 
Complex Litigation
 
Representation of property and casualty insurer in action to recover insurance benefits which were paid to health care providers and clinic for services which were allegedly unlawful as the clinic was not properly licensed.
 
Prosecuted RICO, fraud, and deceptive trade practice claims, including action on behalf of insurance carriers seeking in excess of $35 million in damages against physicians, surgery centers, and medical practice managers relating to certain spinal procedures performed on personal injury claimants.
 
Representation of bio tech company in defense of breach of contract, trade secret, and conversion claims resulting from joint venture to promote new pharmaceutical products in which plaintiffs sought $82 million in economic damages.
 
Representation of a 50% managing member in claims involving breach of fiduciary duty, defamation, and breach of Florida's LLC Act arising from restructuring of international aviation company.
 
Representation of publicly traded commercial landowner involving alleged violations of FCC regulations and tortious interference.
 
Representation of client in defense of action brought by minority interest holder in challenge for corporate control of entity and intellectual property rights to FDA cleared medical device.
 
Representation of client in defense of federal court litigation commenced against Board of Directors of New York-based international law firm involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty partnership dispute asserted by former equity partners (New York and Florida law).
 
Representation of publicly traded software company in litigation involving breach of contract, fraud, and request for receiver brought by former joint venture partner.
 
Representation of client in multi-case litigation involving claims of alleged fraudulent transfers in connection with investments made in residential development entity and fraud claims brought against opposing 50% member in LLC.
 
Representation of publicly traded international office supply retailer in defense of claims of consumer fraud and unfair and deceptive trade practices relating to pricing mechanisms.
 
 
Professional Liability Defense
 
Representation of Chicago-based international law firm in a bench trial in defense of legal malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, and fraud claims arising out of a oil and gas venture representation in which damages were claimed to be $1.15 billion (Florida, New York, and Texas law).
 
Representation of intellectual property attorney in a jury trial in defense of legal malpractice claims arising out of multiple patent application and prosecution proceedings in which damages were claimed to exceed $80 million (Maryland, Utah, Virginia, and Federal Patent law).
 
Representation of Chicago-based international law firm in claims of breach of fiduciary duty and legal malpractice arising from trust and estate representation resulting in a denial of claim for punitive damages (New York and Florida law).
 
Representation of Ohio-based national law firm in defense of alleged malpractice in which plaintiff claimed damages to be approximately $40 million.
 
Representation of admiralty and maritime law firm in defense of alleged malpractice related to multiple engagements for owner of 120 foot luxury yacht in connection with litigation commenced relating to liability of the vessel owner.
 
Representation of international design/build engineering firm in claims involving professional negligence in connection with design of Sawgrass Expressway Re-Design project.
 
Representation of design/build engineering firm in claims involving professional negligence in connection with construction design of Martin County bridge project.
 
 
Employment Litigation
 
Representation of international pharmaceutical company in defense of whistleblower action arising out of marketing and sales practices relating to Oxycontin©. The case was tried to verdict in a multi-week federal jury trial.
 
Representation of national professional employer organization in theft of trade secret and tortious interference action brought against former employees.
 
Representation of a California-based international entertainment and retail corporation, as national employment council, including management and supervision of all employment litigation throughout the United States.
 
Representation of one of the nation's largest professional employer organizations handling all claims of employment-related litigation.
 
Representation of international entertainment and retail corporation in California wage and hour class action involving application of various exemptions under both California and Federal law.
 
Representation of international food distributor in multiple cases involving allegations of race discrimination and retaliation.
 
Representation of international publicly traded home improvement retailer in defense of multiple employment suits including claims for sexual harassment, race discrimination, disability discrimination, and retaliation.
 
Representation of international entertainment and retail corporation in the defense series or discrimination charges and prosecution by the Civil Rights Division of a large municipality.
 
Representation of large statewide insurance agency in multiple actions to enforce non-compete agreements and protect the client's trade secrets.
 
Representation of international entertainment and retail corporation in sexual harassment and retaliation arbitration.
 
Representation of international entertainment and retail corporation in claims of race discrimination and retaliation.
 
Representation of scientific laboratory against former employees, turned competitors, for violations of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act and related torts.
 

Chambers USA 2011-2013, Ranked in Florida for Labor & Employment
 
Chambers USA 2013, Ranked in Florida for Litigation: General Commercial
 
The Best Lawyers in America 2013-2014, Listed in Florida for Commercial Litigation
 
The Best Lawyers in America 2014, Listed in Florida for Litigation - Labor & Employment
 
Super Lawyers Magazine 2006-2013, Listed in Florida for General Litigation and Employment Litigation - Defense
 
Florida Trend's Legal Elite 2011, 2013, Listed for Commercial Litigation
 
South Florida Business Journal 2010, Recognized as one of the "40 Under 40"
 
Florida Trend's Legal Elite 2005, 2007-2009, Listed for Labor and Employment Law
 
South Florida Business Journal 2008, Recipient of "Key Partners Award" for Labor and Employment Law
 
University of Miami School of Law Alumni Association, 2014 Palm Beach County Alumni Achievement Award Recipient
 
University of Miami Corporate Moot Court Competition, Winner
 
Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society, Member
 
Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated
 

Akerman Nineteenth Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Presenter, "Employment Litigation Trends," April 2014
 
Akerman Eighteenth Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Presenter, "Mock Jury Trial of a Retaliation Claim," April 2013
 
Akerman Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Presenter, "Privacy Rights in the Workplace," February 2012
 
Network of Trial Law Firms, Co-Author and Continuing Education Presenter, "Areas of Ethical Morass for In-House Counsel," August 2011
 
American Bar Association, Continuing Education Seminar Co-Presenter, "What You Say About Your Clients Can Come Back to Haunt You: Internal Firm Communications and the Limits of Attorney-Client Privilege," July 2011
 
Akerman Sixteenth Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Presenter, "(Dis)Order in the Court! Mock Trial of a Sexual Harassment Case," April 2011
 
Akerman Client Seminar, Speaker, "Wage & Hour Update: Latest Trends and Compliance Tips," October 2010
 
Akerman Fifteenth Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Presenter, "Retaliation and Whistleblower Claims: A Growing Problem for Employers" May 2010
 
The Florida Bar Journal, Contributing Author, "Employment Law for Law Firms: Do the Shoemaker's Children Need New Shoes, Part 2," Volume 83, No. 9, October 2009
 
National Business Institute, Speaker, Federal Rules of Evidence and Federal Trial Techniques, October 2008
 
The Florida Bar Journal, Contributing Author, "Employment Law for Law Firms: Do the Shoemaker's Children Need New Shoes, Part 1," Volume 83, No. 7, July/August 2009
 
Daily Business Review's Labor & Employment Law Roundtable, Featured Speaker, 2008
 
The National Association of Legal Recruiters National Conference, Featured Speaker, "Employment Law," May 2008
 
Federal Practice Session of Palm Beach County Bar Association's Bench/Bar Conference, Chairperson, October 2007
 
DRI's The Job Description, "Employers Now Face Fewer Impediments to Conducting Employee Investigations," Spring 2005
 
HR Florida Annual Conference, The Art of Human Resources, Pre-Conference Workshop, Speaker, "Retaliation & Whistleblowing: The New Claim of Choice," October 2004
 
Atlantic Coast In-House, a quarterly publication of Lawyers Weekly, Inc., "Whistleblower Victory Provides Lessons for In-House Counsel," April 2004
 
Sterling Education Services, Speaker, "Employment Practice Issues," May 13, 2003
 
Lorman Education Services, Speaker, "State and Federal Personnel Laws in Florida," June 2002
 
For the Defense, Author, "A Roadmap to Understanding Changes," January 2002
 
Palm Beach Medical Society, Speaker, "Overview of Employment Law," October 2001
 
Lorman Education Services, Speaker, "Human Resource Audits in Florida," April 19, 2001
 
Corporate Legal Executives Conference, Speaker, "A Manufacturer's Duty to Warn: Update," 1999
 

The Florida Bar, Pro Bono Inventory Counsel, Member; Labor and Employment Section, ABA Liaison Subcommittee, Past Member
 
Palm Beach County Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section, Member; Client Relations Committee, Member
 
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, Member; Standing Committee of Lawyers' Professional Responsibility, Member
 
Defense Research Institute, Employment Law Committee, Member; Professional Liability Committee, Member
 
Society for Human Resource Management, Member
 
Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, Member
 
Opportunity Inc., Board Member
 
Center for Family Services, Past Board Member
 

State Farm Fire & Casualty Company v. Silver Star Health and Rehab et al., 2013 WL 3989107 (11th Cir. 2013)
 
State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Kugler, 2012 WL 3879888 (S.D. Fla. Sept. 7, 2012)
 
State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Kugler, 2011 WL 4389915 (S.D. Fla. Sept. 21, 2011)
 
Yueh-Mei Kim Nutter, P.A. v. Schober, 2011 WL 1474864 (S.D. Fla. Feb. 4, 2011)
 
Alphastaff, Inc. v. McDonie, 2010 WL 7368045 (Fla. 17th Jud. Ct. Sept. 27, 2010)
 
Leor Exploration & Production, LLC v. Aguiar, 2010 WL 3522053 (S.D. Fla. Sept. 8, 2010)
 
Leor Exploration & Production LLC v. Aguiar, 2010 WL 2605087 (S.D. Fla. June 29, 2010)
 
American Silver, LLC v. General Resonance, LLC, 2010 WL 4974973 (D. Md. May 17, 2010)
 
White v. Buckingham Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP, 2010 WL 3823479 (Fla. Cir. Ct. April 16, 2010)
 
Cox Enterprises, Inc. v. News-Journal Corp., 2009 WL 5173524 (M.D. Fla. Dec. 30, 2009)
 
Leor Exploration & Production LLC v. Aguiar, 2009 WL 3097207 (S.D. Fla. Sept. 23, 2009)
 
Equity Lifestyle Properties, Inc. v. Florida Mowing & Landscape Service, Inc., 556 F.3d 1232 (11th Cir. 2009)
 
Equity Lifestyle Properties, Inc. v. Florida Mowing & Landscape Service, Inc., 2009 WL 256397 (M.D. Fla. Feb. 3, 2009)
 
Neuman v. Travel Holdings, Inc., 2008 WL 516709 (M.D. Fla. Feb. 22, 2008)
 
Equity Lifestyle Properties, Inc. v. Florida Mowing & Landscape Service, Inc., 2007 WL 419689 (M.D. Fla. Feb. 2, 2007)
 
Equity Lifestyle Properties, Inc. v. Florida Mowing & Landscape Service, Inc., 2006 WL 2982872 (M.D. Fla. Oct. 17, 2006)
 
White v. Purdue Pharma, Inc., 369 F. Supp. 2d 1335 (M.D. Fla. 2005)
 
Ortega v. Florida Unemployment Appeals Com'n, 884 So .2d 503 (Fla. 1st DCA 2004)
 
Harris v. Florida Elections Com'n, 235 F.3d 578 (11th Cir. 2000)
 
Fladell v. Palm Beach County Canvassing Bd.., 772 So. 2d 1240 (Fla. 2000)
 
Cohen v. Majestic Distilling Co., Inc., 765 So. 2d 276 (Fla. 4th DCA 2000)
 

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J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 1996
B.S., Syracuse University, 1993

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