David P. DearingPrincipal | Medical Devices and Drugs
David Dearing joined Beasley Allen in April 2012. He practices in the firm’s Mass Torts section. He initially worked on our 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.
Mr. Dearing 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. He is now primarily working on talcum powder cases linked to ovarian cancer. He was on all three trial teams that won verdicts in 2016 against Johnson & Johnson and Imerys Talc America, totaling nearly $200M.
Three different juries in St. Louis 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 for feminine hygiene. One jury also awarded a substantial amount of damages against Imerys Talc America, Johnson & Johnson’s body powder talc supplier. Several more talc cases are set for trial in 2017.
David 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.
David is from Jacksonville, Fla., and has been a trial lawyer for more than 25 years. He served four years as an Assistant State Attorney in both the Fourth and Eighth Judicial Circuits in Florida. Since being a prosecutor, Mr. Dearing's practice areas have included Wrongful Death, Personal Injury, Products Liability, Workers Compensation, and Criminal Defense. He was named one of Florida Trend Magazine's Florida Legal Elite, as well as a Jacksonville "Top Lawyer" by 904 Magazine. Mr. Dearing is rated AV Preeminent, the highest possible rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards by Martindale-Hubbell. He also received Beasley Allen's 2016 Mass Torts Lawyer of the Year Award.
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. He has litigated in Federal and State Courts throughout the country.
David met his wife, the former Vicki Millo, in law school, and they have been married more than 24 years. Vicki is a Professor at Florida Coastal School of Law, Troy University and Auburn University (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.
- 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
- Beasley Allen Mass Torts Lawyer of the Year Award (2016)
- Samford University Cumberland School of Law (J.D. 1991)
- Furman University (B.A. 1987)
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