David D. Shelby

David Shelby

Email: dshelby@shelbyroden.com

David Shelby is the founding partner of the firm. He received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University and returned to Birmingham to attend law school at the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, where he received his Juris Doctorate and Masters in Business Administration. In the beginning, his law practice focused on labor-management relations and evolved over time to focus on environmental and complex litigation.

Mr. Shelby has won 18 asbestos jury verdicts in Alabama, more than all other state asbestos verdicts combined. He has screened, filed, and settled 10,000’s of asbestos claims. Mr. Shelby recovered $700 million in a settlement over PCB contamination and worked on a class action suit against McWane Cast Iron Pipe Company concerning its pollution of the Village Creek . Mr. Shelby represented the HealthSouth Whistleblower in a $325 million settlement involving Medicare Fraud.

More recently, Mr. Shelby has supervised the firm’s involvement in the BP Oil Spill Project, recovering over $200 million for thousands of businesses and individuals throughout the southeast affected by one of the largest environmental disasters in US history. Mr. Shelby has years of experience in antitrust litigation, and served on the Steering Committee for Microsoft antitrust class action. He currently spearheads the firm’s leadership on the Provider track for Blue Cross MDL 2406.

Practice Areas

  • Antitrust 
  • Toxic Exposure
  • Labor-Management Relations
  • Environmental Disasters
  • Complex Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 1979
  • Tennessee, 1993
  • Texas, 1995


  • Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, J.D. and MBA
  • Auburn University, B.A

Professional Memberships

  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Tennessee State Bar
  • Texas State Bar
  • American Bar Association