About David

David joined Beasley Allen Law Firm in April 2012. He practices in the firm’s Mass Torts Section and has more than 25 years of experience as a trial lawyer. Currently, David is primarily working on talcum powder cases linked to the development of ovarian cancer.

Notable Cases

David was on all five talcum powder trial teams that won verdicts in 2016 and 2017 against Johnson & Johnson and Imerys Talc America, totaling more than $700 million. Five different juries in St. Louis and California found Johnson & Johnson liable for injuries resulting from the use of its talc-containing products, such as Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower body powder. Two of the juries also awarded substantial amounts against Imerys Talc America, Johnson & Johnson’s body powder talc supplier. More talc cases are set for trial in 2017 and 2018.

When David initially began at the firm, he worked on the Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) litigation team, focusing on drugs such as Premarin, Prempro and Provera, which were shown to cause breast cancer in some women. He has also worked on Fosamax cases linked to spontaneous femur fractures in long-term users, and cases involving a class of diabetes drugs (Byetta, Januvia, Janumet, and Victoza) linked to pancreatic and thyroid cancer.

Professional Associations

David is a member of the Alabama State Bar; the Montgomery County Bar Association;  the Montgomery County Association for Justice; The Florida Bar Association; Florida Justice Association; American Inns of Court – Chester Bedell Inn of Court and E. Robert Williams Inn of Court, where he holds the position of Emeritus, Master of the Bench; The Million Dollar Advocates Forum; The Christian Legal Society; and the United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama and Middle District of Florida.

In November 2017, he was selected for membership in the International Society of Barristers based on an extensive screening process that includes comments from judges before whom nominees have appeared and other attorneys. The International Society of Barristers supports the ideals of trial by jury, the adversary system and a free and independent judiciary.

Awards and Ratings

An AV Preeminent Rated attorney, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards, David received Beasley Allen’s 2016 Mass Torts Lawyer of the Year Award. He also was named one of Florida Trend Magazine’s Florida Legal Elite, as well as a Jacksonville “Top Lawyer” by 904 Magazine.


David, a Jacksonville, Florida, native, received his law degree in 1991 from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, where he served as associate editor of the Cumberland Law Review. Prior to law school, he attended Furman University, earning a bachelor’s degree in economics.

He served four years as an assistant state attorney in both the Fourth and Eighth Judicial Circuits in Florida. In private practice, David’s practice areas have included wrongful death, personal injury, products liability, workers compensation and criminal defense.

Community Affiliations

David met his wife, the former Vicki Millo, in law school, and they have been married 25 years. Vicki is a professor at Florida Coastal School of Law, Troy University and Auburn University at Montgomery. David and Vicki have two children, both in college at Troy University, and they are members of Frazer United Methodist Church. David also is the former head varsity basketball coach for Ezekiel Academy in Montgomery. The Dearings enjoy traveling and spending time on the water.

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  • Samford University Cumberland School of Law (J.D. 1991)
  • Furman University (B.A. 1987)

Recognitions & Awards

  • Beasley Allen Mass Torts Lawyer of the Year Award (2016)


  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida


  • Alabama State Bar
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Montgomery County Association for Justice
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Florida Justice Association
  • American Inns of Court - Chester Bedell Inn of Court and E. Robert Williams Inn of Court; Emeritus, Master of the Bench
  • The Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • The Christian Legal Society

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