David W. Brill graduated with honors from the University of Miami School of Law in 1992. He has been a member in good standing with the Florida Bar since 1992, and is admitted to practice in the following federal courts, in all of which he is also a member of good standing: The United States Supreme Court; The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; The United States District Court of Florida, Southern District; The United States District Court of Florida, Northern District; and The United States District Court of Florida, Middle District, December 12, 2006.
David is the managing attorney of BRILL & RINALDI, The Law Firm. He is also co-counsel with the Miami-based law firm of Crewmember & Maritime Advocacy Center, P.A.
David began his legal career in the Office of the State Attorney in and for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in Miami, first serving as a Certified Legal Intern and then for over three years as an Assistant State Attorney. He tried six jury trials as an Intern. He tried dozens of bench proceedings and approximately two dozen jury trials as an Assistant State Attorney.
After his departure from the State Attorney’s Office in 1996, David concentrated in the area of plaintiffs’ civil trial practice. He has since garnered extensive experience in plaintiffs’ civil trial practice. That experience includes land-based and admiralty/maritime personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice and class action litigation. It also includes more than a decades’ worth of involvement in the prosecution of admiralty/maritime matters of various types, such as Jones Act, unseaworthiness, Wage Act, maintenance and cure, and Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation 905(b) and 933 claims and suits. These admiralty/maritime matters constitute a substantial part of the practice of BRILL & RINALDI, The Law Firm. Meanwhile, Crewmember & Maritime Advocacy Center, P.A., is dedicated exclusively to the representation of crewmembers of cruise line vessels for Jones Act, unseaworthiness, Wage Act, and maintenance and cure claims and suits.
Recently, David was co-lead counsel in a trial in Broward County, His Honor Judge John Luzzo presiding, in which the jury was charged with the responsibility of ascertaining the damages in a tragic, default wrongful death case to which BRILL & RINALDI, The Law Firm clients, a widow and her adult son, and the decedents estate were all entitled. The jury awarded nearly $845 million, the largest verdict in the nation of the year and believed to be the largest wrongful death automobile case in the history of Broward County. Before that trial, David was lead trial counsel in admiralty/maritime trials in which he won verdicts in the respective amounts of about $9.5 million and approximately $1 million. He has also secured countless recoveries in excess of $1 million dollars.
David has had the additional good fortune of arguing admiralty/maritime matters before both the United States Courts of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, as well as before Florida’s Third District Court of Appeals. He has also written several briefs to the United States Supreme Court seekingCertiorari.
David is the President of the Florida Admiralty Trial Lawyers Association (FLATLA) and a member of both the Florida Justice Association (FJA) and American Association for Justice (AAJ). He is, furthermore, “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating available.