David Brown represents insurers and insurance brokers in complex disputes throughout North Carolina and the southeastern U.S.  He has extensive experience in matters involving environmental claims, construction defect claims, broker/agent issues, and directors and officers liability coverage. He has also handled very large and complex property coverage matters involving fires and other catastrophic losses. David is regularly called upon to represent insurers and brokers with respect to their most sensitive matters involving their business practices and their institutional interests.  

In addition to being nationally recognized as an insurance expert, David has been consistently recognized by his peers and by judges as a preeminent trial and appellate lawyer.  David has tried more than 75 cases to verdict, including many involving liability insurance coverage and insurer/broker business practices.  He has also been lead counsel in over 50 appeals to state and federal appellate courts.

David has authored numerous articles for insurance industry publications, particularly on issues related to insurance coverage issues and civil trial practice. He also regularly speaks on these issues to industry and legal groups.

  • Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law, 2008–18
  • Best Lawyers in America, Greensboro Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year," 2012, 2018
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Insurance Law, 2008–18
  • Legal Elite in Litigation, Business North Carolina, 2006
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
Professional Affiliations
  • International Association of Defense Counsel: Insurance and Reinsurance Committee
  • Defense Research Institute: Insurance Law Committee; Law Practice Management Committee
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • North Carolina Bar Association: Section Council, Insurance Law Committee
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
Community Involvement
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro Excellence Foundation: Board Member (Past President)
  • Greensboro Day School, Chair, Board of Trustees
Admitted to Practice
  • North Carolina
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1992
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro, B.A., summa cum laude, 1988
  • Co-Presenter, "Construction Defect Coverage Issues, GS Construction Webinar, February 20, 2018
  • Co-Presenter, "Hurricane Season — Preparing the Insurance Industry for What to Expect in the Aftermaths of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria," GIS Webinar, October 25, 2017
  • Co-Presenter, "Covered vs. Non-Covered Claims: Allocating Defense and Indemnity Payments," October 25, 2017
  • Co-Author, "U.S. Courts Struggle With Pollution Exclusions," Insurance Day, October 2, 2017
  • Featured in "With Shift to New Firm, Triad Law Office Poised for Growth," Triad Business Journal, April 13, 2014
  • Presenter, “Recent Developments in CGL Coverage B: Personal and Advertising Injury Coverage,” North Carolina Bar Association Insurance Law Annual Meeting, April 11, 2014
  • Quoted in “4th Circ. Lets Insurers Remove Case Without Contractor’s OK,” Law360, November 18, 2013
  • Co-Author, “Wrongful Incarceration Suits Surge Giving Rise to Insurance Coverage Trigger Issues,” Carrier Management, November 4, 2013
  • Presenter, “Liability Claims and Coverage Issues Spawned from Natural Catastrophes,” International Association of Defense Counsel Annual Meeting, July 10, 2013
  • Co-Presenter, “Navigating the Carolinas’ Court System,” February 27, 2013, London, UK
  • Presenter, “CGL Coverage for Construction Defect Claims–a Move Toward Statutory CGL Policies?” Atlantic Claims Executives Association, October 16, 2012
  • Presenter, “Litigating the Condominium Conversion Case,” Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, March 30, 2012