David L. Brown serves as co-chair of the Global Insurance Services Practice Group. David represents insurers and insurance brokers in complex disputes throughout the country 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, David has successfully defended professional liability claims, including claims against attorneys, financial professionals, architects, engineers, and medical providers. He is also a certified mediator and maintains an active mediation practice.

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, and has been lead counsel in over 50 appeals to state and federal appellate courts. Highly regarded among his colleagues, he is rated AV Preeminent — the highest possible rating — by Martindale-Hubbell.

A frequent speaker and writer on recent developments affecting the insurance industry, David has authored numerous articles for insurance industry publications, particularly on issues related to insurance coverage issues and civil trial practice. He regularly speaks on these issues to industry and legal groups.

  • Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law, 2008–19; Lawyer of the Year (Greensboro), 2012, 2018
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Insurance Law, 2008–19
  • Legal Elite in Litigation, Business North Carolina, 2006
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
Professional Affiliations
  • American College of Coverage Counsel: Fellow
  • International Association of Defense Counsel: Insurance and Reinsurance Committee
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI):
  •       Insurance Law Committee
  •       Law Practice Management Committee
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • 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
  • "Hot New Cases in Bad Faith: Caselaw Update" Presenter, DRI Insurance Bad Faith and Extra-Contractual Liability Seminar, Washington, D.C., June 5, 2019
  • Moderator, "Bad Faith Litigation Strategies and Ethical Considerations," North Carolina Bar Association Insurance Law Committee, Cary, NC, January 31, 2019
  • "U.S. Risks Challenging the London Market: The Opioid Epidemic, #MeToo, and Our Expectations for 2019" (Co-Presenter), London Seminar, London, UK, October 29, 2018
  • "Covered vs. Non-Covered Claims: Allocating Defense & Indemnity Payments" (Co-Presenter), AIG Coverage/DJ Unit, New York City, NY, June 20, 2018
  • "Construction Defect Coverage Issues" (Co-Presenter), GS Construction Webinar, February 20, 2018
  • "Hurricane Season — Preparing the Insurance Industry for What to Expect in the Aftermaths of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria" (Co-Presenter), GIS Webinar, October 25, 2017
  • "Covered vs. Non-Covered Claims: Allocating Defense and Indemnity Payments" (Co-Presenter), October 25, 2017
  • "Recent Developments in CGL Coverage B: Personal and Advertising Injury Coverage," North Carolina Bar Association Insurance Law Annual Meeting, April 11, 2014
  • “Liability Claims and Coverage Issues Spawned from Natural Catastrophes," International Association of Defense Counsel Annual Meeting, July 10, 2013
  • "Navigating the Carolinas’ Court System" (Co-Presenter), February 27, 2013, London, UK
  • "CGL Coverage for Construction Defect Claims–a Move Toward Statutory CGL Policies?" Atlantic Claims Executives Association, October 16, 2012
  • "Litigating the Condominium Conversion Case," Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, March 30, 2012