David DePiano is an experienced attorney in both litigation and transactional commercial and real estate work. He is a South Florida native who began his career at a prestigious international trial law firm. There he gained significant experience handling high stakes products liability matters and contractual disputes for several fortune 50 product manufacturer and construction clients. These included several significant class action disputes. He was an essential member of a team that worked to get class certification denied in an action brought by boat owners against fuel and ethanol manufacturers, distributors and suppliers under a market share theory. David also served as leader in a group that defended a major construction equipment manufacturer throughout the Southeast United States. In this role, he defended against individual and class actions brought in both state and federal courts through the region.
Since joining the firm, in addition to continuing his work in the products liability arena, David has been a leader in our healthcare practice group, where he has gained substantial experience in ERISA and other healthcare related disputes. He has represented several major US Payers in a variety of disputes, including disputes brought in federal and state courts, as well as arbitration. These claims range from defending against claims brought by large provider groups seeking seven-figure-plus in additional compensation to affirmative claims brought by health insurers to recoup payments improperly made to unscrupulous providers based on fraudulent claims submissions and practices.
David also has experience defending and advising several construction subcontractors in a variety of areas. This includes aggressively defending Florida Statutes Chapter 558 construction defect claims, as well as issues arising from personal injury, auto-negligence, UCC-related disputes, and employment claims. He has also helped these clients successfully navigate complex administrative issues, which would have otherwise hampered the company’s ability to conduct its day-to-day business. Recognizing that construction is a tough market in South Florida, all of David’s efforts in this regard, including the provision of general legal advice, are designed to help these clients get their focus back on the job. This is accomplished by reducing both the inefficiencies faced by contractors when they are forced into the legal arena and minimizing any exposure to potential liability in anticipation of and after issues arise.