Areas of Practice

Education

  • University of Florida College of Law (J.D., 1988)
  • Emory University (B.A., 1985)
  • University of St. Andrews (1983-84)

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida

Associations & Memberships

  • Chair, Orange County Bar ADR Committee (2018-2019)
  • Judicial Liaison Committee, Orange County Bar (2018-2019)
  • Defense Research Institute, (2005-2007) - Commercial Litigation Committee and ADR Committee; Chair, Intellectual Property Litigation Subcommittee; (2004) - Program Chair, DRI Intellectual Property Litigation and Insurance Seminar
  • Florida Bar Association, Executive Council ADR Section
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association, (2009-2011) - Chair, ADR Committee; (2010 and 2011) - Douglas P. Lawless ADR Award; (2011) - President’s Award
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN)
  • Orange County Bar Association, Chair, Business Law Committee (2004-2005)
  • Society of Certified Insurance Counselors, National Faculty (1995 to present)
  • The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research, Continuing Education Instructor

Honors & Awards

David W. Henry

Shareholder
Landmark Center One
315 E. Robinson Street, Suite 550
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 420-4418
(407) 839-3008 - Fax
dwhenry@mdwcg.com

David focuses his practice on matters involving business and insurance disputes, employment claims, products and professional liability suits, and business torts for insurers and both public and privately held companies. As a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator, he serves as a civil mediator for business litigation, construction defect claims, fiduciary liability, insurance coverage and  personal injury claims. David represents a diverse range of clients in state and federal court, and his background in business litigation includes E&O and D&O litigation, homeowners association litigation (HOA), deceptive trade practice suits, copyright and trademark litigation, defamation and privacy claims. He is also experienced in employment disputes involving Title VII, ADEA, whistleblower suits and other workplace claims.

Additionally, David has litigated coverage issues involving aviation, marine, construction and professional liability in state and federal courts. He has substantial experience in the defense of first and third party coverage litigation, including litigation flowing from Coblentz agreements in Florida. 

David is a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, an association of ADR professionals distinguished by their hands-on experience in the field of civil and commercial conflict resolution.

David is rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell.  He frequently speaks to lawyers and insurance professionals across the United States on issues relating to liability insurance, litigation management and effective mediation advocacy.

He is a graduate of Emory University and received his juris doctor from the University of Florida College of Law. Before entering law school, he was a Robert T. (Bobby) Jones Fellow to the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. He is admitted to practice in Florida as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Early Resolution vs. Trial: Know When to Fold 'Em, Know When to Hold 'Em, Marshall Dennehey Florida Claims Symposium – Casino Royale, Tampa, FL, September 20, 2018

  • Mediation as a Dark Art, FDLA sponsored Florida Liability Claims Conference, June 2018

  • The Next to Last Mediation Seminar You Will Ever Need, Orange County Bar Association, June 2018

  • Effective Use of Mediation for Claims Professionals, Client Seminar, June 2018

  • Insurance Agent / Broker E&O – Claims Prevention and Defense in 2018 and Beyond, Client webinar, February 2018

  • Mediation of Medical Malpractice Claims, Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section Medical Malpractice Committee, January 12, 2018

  • Engagement Letters for Mediators, Webinar, Florida Bar ADR Section, April 11, 2017 

  • Casting Light on the Dark Art of Mediation, Florida Bar Winter Meeting, January 2017

  • Insurance Agency E&O and Other Swirling Eddies of Contradiction, 10th Annual Errors & Omissions Insurance ExecuSummit, June 2016

  • Insurance Agent E&O Claims Prevention and Defense – The Road Ahead in 2016, Client Seminar, March 2016

  • CPCU Society Webinar: Agent & Broker E&O - A New Lens for Viewing Exposures, September 18, 2015

  • Big Bombs Need a Long Fuse: Effective Mediation for E&O Claims Professionals, Annual E&O Insurance ExecuSummit, June 2015

Publications

  • Legal Updates for Insurance Agents & Brokers, 2018-present

  • "Crushing It At Mediation!" newsletter of the ADR Section of The Florida Bar, April 2018

  • "Insurance Agent E&O Claims Prevention and Defense," Insights, The Institutes CPCU Society, Summer 2017

  • "Conflicts Between Carriers and Insureds at Time of Settlement: Mediating Professional Liability Claims," Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 2, June 2017

  • Case Law Alerts, regular contributor, 2016-present

  • Mediation Notes, 2015-present

  • "Mediation as a Dark Art: A Mediator’s Message to Parties Seeking to Settle a Difficult Case,” Business Law Today, pub. American Bar Association, Business Law Section, March 2014

  • “The Litigator’s Guide to Successful Mediation Advocacy: The Case for Mediation Optimization Orders,” For the Defense, March 2012

  • “Improving Civil Mediation Practice and the Case for Mediation Optimization Orders," The Briefs, Aug. 2011 vol. 79  n. 8 (article on civil mediation advocacy)

  • “Insurance Coverage for Intellectual Property Claims,” The Briefs, vol. 77 no. 6 (June 2009)

  • “Big Bombs Need a Long Fuse: Effective Mediation in Complex Cases,” For the Defense, October 2007

  • “Running A Good Litigation Practice: 10 Rules for New and Not So New Litigators,” Trial Advocate Quarterly, Vol. 23, n. 1 (Winter 2004)

  • “Speaking Candidly About Candor,” National Underwriter, vol. 109, no. 21 May 30, 2005

  • "Injecting Aesthetics Into the Industry: The First Element of the Human Voice," National Underwriter, P& C ed. vol. 107 no. 32 August 11, 2003

  • "Insurance Agents E&O Exposure in the Hard Market," PLUS Journal (Oct. 2002), republished Agent & Broker Solutions, vol. 16 no. 1 (Feb. 2003) (with James T. Harrison, Jr.)

  • "Agency Management Based E&O Underwriting," PLUS Journal, October 2001

  • "The Accidental Jurist," The Briefs, Orange County Bar Association, Vol. XVII, No. 12 (May 1990); republished in the Bulletin Board, Seminole County Bar Association (Oct.-Nov. 1990); republished in The Record, Journal of the Appellate Practice and Advocacy Section, The Florida Bar, vol. IV, no. 3 (March 1996)

  • "Executive Forum," Hotel & Motel Management, vol. 209 n.8 April 4, 1993 (topic: hotel security)

Pro Bono Activities

  • Citizens Dispute Resolution Service - Orange County Bar

Certifications

  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator

Education

  • University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, FL (J.D., 1988)

  • Emory University, Druid Hills, GA (B.A., 1985)

  • University of St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland, UK (1983-84)

    Robert T. (Bobby) Jones Fellow