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Marsh, Rickard & Bryan



David Marsh

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David Marsh, a founding partner of  Marsh, Rickard & Bryan, is widely recognized as one of the premier trial attorneys in the country. He has been awarded many honors, accolades, and recognition for his work both in the legal profession and the community. But he is genuinely embarrassed by the praise. “This is about justice for our clients. It’s not about me,” says David.

“Our clients are victims of circumstances beyond their control. They need help and have often run out of places to go. We stand up for those people by guiding them through rapidly expanding restrictions set forth by the courts. We make sure they are protected. We can’t always put an end to their suffering. But if we can make a difference, a difference that helps restore them physically, mentally, financially, spiritually and emotionally, we feel we have done our job. We want justice to be done. We often are the last resort in ensuring a path to justice.”

David has been practicing law and representing individuals and businesses in personal injury, wrongful death, and complex business cases for more than forty years. He has been included in every addition of Alabama’s Super Lawyers since its inception, and Best Lawyers in America. Best Lawyers has chosen David as its Lawyer of the Year multiple times. He is profiled as a “Tier 1” litigator in Chambers USA. In 1983, David became the youngest lawyer in America to receive a million-dollar-plus verdict when he did so (three times) at the age of 27. Since that time, he has obtained more than 45 verdicts in excess of a million dollars with numerous verdicts in excess of $10 million dollars.

David is a sustaining member of the Alabama Association for Justice, a member of the Birmingham and Alabama state bars, the American Association for Justice, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the American College of Trial Lawyers. David is a past president of the Alabama Association for Justice and continues to serve on the organization’s executive committee. He has been inducted into the Inner Circle of Advocates – an invitation only group consisting of only 100 of America’s top trial lawyers. David has authored dozens of articles on civil litigation and is frequently asked to speak at lawyer groups throughout the country, both plaintiff and defense, on trial techniques. He has handled cases in every county in Alabama, as well as before the Alabama Supreme Court, the 5th and 11th Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

David has been involved politically in the Alabama legislature and elsewhere for decades fighting for the right to trial by jury and against attacks on the civil justice system. He has acted as an advisor, both formally and informally to numerous governors, senators and others seeking office.

Areas of Practice
Bar Admissions
Associations & Memberships

Areas Of Practice

  • Personal Injury

  • Wrongful Death

  • Product Liability

  • Trucking & Auto

  • Medical Malpractice

  • Bad Faith Insurance

  • Workplace/Construction Injuries

  • Business Litigation

  • Intellectual Property

Bar Admissions

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


  • Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama
    • J.D. – 1981
  • Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
    • B.S. – 1978
    • Honors: summa cum laude

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Alabama Association for Justice, Past President, 2003 to 2004
  • Alabama Association for Justice, Executive Committee, 1985 to 1989
  • Alabama Association for Justice, Sustaining Member: Board of Governors, 1983
  • Alabama State Bar, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Birmingham Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Birmingham Trial Lawyers Association, Secretary, 1981 to 1982
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Member
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Member
  • International Society of Barristers, Member
  • Inner Circle of Advocates, Member, 2006
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • Top 50 Lawyers in America
  • Super Lawyers, included in every edition since inception


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