David McDonald obtained a BBA degree from the University of Miami in 1951 and JD degree in 1953. He has been admitted to practice in all State Trial and Appellate Courts in Florida for over 50 years, and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, as well as the U.S. Military Courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals (11th Circuit), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and the Supreme Court of the United States. He has specialized in an insurance defense practice and aviation law. He is a member of the Dade County, Florida, American, Federal, Lawyer Pilots and NTSB Bar Associations. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Mr. McDonald initially worked as a claims investigator and later as an independent insurance adjuster for a number of companies and has extensive experience in the investigation and handling of casualty claims involving automobiles, trucks, buses, jitneys, taxis, rental cars, aircraft, workers compensation, the marine fields, subrogation matters for his insurance clients, and insurance coverage questions pertaining to the foregoing.
He has been a pilot since 1955 and holds a commercial pilot certificate with single and multi-engine ratings and an airframe and powerplant mechanic certificate. He is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and the Aviation Insurers Association.
He was a trial attorney for two years in the Staff Judge Advocate’s Office, U.S. Air Force, with additional duties as claims officer at Amarillo Air Force Base, Texas, responsible for the investigation and handling of all Air Force claims and aircraft accidents within portions of a three state area. He has owned, operated and maintained single and multi-engine aircraft and power boats up to 38 feet.
Co-author and Speaker, Choice of Forum in Aviation Accident Litigation, Journal of Air Law and Commerce and SMU Air Law Symposium (1990)
Speaker, How to Avoid Bad Faith Litigation, Embry-Riddle Aviation Law and Insurance Symposium (1995)
Speaker, Aircraft Recovery Contracts, Aircraft Recovery & Salvage Seminar (1996)