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David S. Henry Attorney Profile | Kelley Kronenberg

David S. Henry

Partner, Fort Lauderdale /

David Henry is a Partner in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office, focusing his practice on complex insurance defense litigation. David has the unique background and litigation experience to handle both third party insurance litigation and first party property insurance defense litigation. He also has experience engaging in commercial litigation.

David defends a wide array of third party insurance and general liability claims. He has gotten tremendous results for his clients by obtaining voluntary dismissals when an adversary has realized they cannot prevail, by summary judgment, at trial, and on appeal. David’s third-party defense experience includes defense of clients sued under theories of premises liability, negligent security, construction accident, construction defect, automobile and trucking litigation, product liability cases, toxic tort cases, medical malpractice, directors and officer’s liability, professional malpractice, Section 1983, class action lawsuits, and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. The potential exposure in many of the cases David has defended is extensive due to alleged wrongful death or to alleged injuries such as quadriplegia, paraplegia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Reflect Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome, and other severe neurologic injuries.

In addition, David’s practice includes first party property insurance defense litigation, including coverage and bad faith litigation. He assists insurers in all aspects of coverage disputes, including responses to civil remedy notices of insurer violations, pre-suit investigations and coverage evaluations, declaratory judgment and bad faith litigation. He defends property insurers throughout Florida in first-party coverage matters, where many of the claims involve sinkhole, windstorm, fire, mold, theft, and water losses.

David graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science. He went on to earn his Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University School of Law in Queens, New York, where he participated in Moot Court, was an Editor for the New York International Law Review and was awarded for his excellence in, amongst other things, Pre-Trial Advocacy.

  • Obtained summary judgment for a restaurant and bar sued in federal court for negligent security and violation of dram shop laws after three off-duty police officers shot and killed an underage male immediately following a dispute within the premises;
  • Obtained a defendant’s verdict at trial in favor of a gastroenterologist who was sued following perforating the plaintiff’s colon, leading her to need a plethora of surgical interventions.
  • Successfully defended a gynecologist sued for causing multiple perforations to a woman’s anatomy during a gynecological procedure.
  • Obtained a defendant’s verdict at trial in favor of a driver and the corporate vehicle owner for allegedly striking the plaintiff and causing him significant injuries. Also, David was successful in having the claim for punitive damages dismissed on procedural grounds.
  • Successfully defended a case against a trucking company that struck and killed plaintiff’s decedent on a motorcycle.
  • Successfully defended a homeowner from suit as a result of plaintiff being found at the bottom of the homeowner’s pool and being rendered a quadriplegic.
  • Obtained a dismissal of a suit against a retailer in a product liability suit where plaintiff was rendered a quadriplegic after diving into a lake at a YMCA.
  • Successfully defended a homeowner after a painter was injured after hitting his head on a “short door” in the home and underwent a multitude of spinal surgeries.
  • Successfully defended a contractor a the construction of a Lowe’s after an iron worker was severely injured on the construction site after getting his pant leg stuck in rebar and getting pinned by construction materials being moved.
  • Successfully defended a general contractor when plaintiff was electrocuted while pulling cables and fell off his ladder, causing him serious injuries.
  • Successfully defended a general contractor after a young boy wondered onto an abandoned construction site and an I-beam fell on the boy’s foot, requiring an amputated big toe.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of a general contractor after plaintiff had a piece of equipment break his leg, requiring multiple surgeries.
  • Obtained a verdict at the federal court trial of property damage to a yacht that was the same as the pre-trial settlement offer and significantly lower than the settlement demand or the amount plaintiff sought at trial.
  • Successfully defended window installer when a window fell on an older woman, breaking her hip.
  • The Florida Bar
  • Broward County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association
  • Negligent Security, April 2018
  • Active Shooting & Liability Coverage, January 2018

Contact Information

Practice Areas

Admissions

  • Florida
  • United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • New York
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Western District of New York
  • United States District Court, Northern District of New York

Education

  • St. John’s University School of Law, J.D., 2007
  • University of Florida, B.A., cum laude, 2004