David D. Shelby | Founder

Mr. Shelby is the founding partner of the firm. Mr. Shelby has won 18 asbestos jury verdicts in Alabama, more than all other state asbestos verdicts combined. Mr. Shelby had the first asbestos jury verdict, as well as the first mesothelioma jury verdict, in the state of Alabama. He has screened, filed, and settled 10,000’s of asbestos claims

Mr. Shelby filed one of the first federal lawsuits in Alabama against Johnson & Johnson relating to ovarian cancer caused by their talcum powder products, represented injured parties in a $4.6 million verdict against Metabolife Ephedra manufacturers, and represented the HealthSouth Whistleblower in a $325 million settlement involving Medicare Fraud. Mr. Shelby also 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 .

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. He also represented Regions Financial and multiple other southeastern banks in direct litigation with BP, recovering millions in damages from the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. Mr. Shelby also 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.

He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration 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.

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.
  • Brock School of Business, Samford University, MBA
  • Auburn University, B.A

Professional Memberships

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

Charity and Community Outreach

  • Founding Board Member of Alabama Head Injury Foundation
  • Board Member and Treasurer of Ronald McDonald House

Other Interests and Involvement

  • Served as a Chairman and Trustee on six financial boards and trusts for over two decades
  • Adjunct Professor of Business Law at Birmingham Southern College
  • Member of the Auburn Football Lettermen Club
  • Private Instrument Rated Pilot with over 5,000 hours as pilot in command