About David “Dave” Rohwedder
Dave started his legal career in 2009 as a defense lawyer in Columbus, Georgia, defending clients and insurance companies in personal injury and medical malpractice cases. He quickly discovered he was on the wrong side of the “v.”
After getting critical jury and bench trial experience as a defense lawyer, Dave went to work with Charlie Gower in 2012 in Columbus, Georgia, representing plaintiffs in personal injury, wrongful death, and wrongful foreclosure cases. While working with Charlie Gower, Dave helped secure a multi-million-dollar jury verdict and arbitration award in wrongful foreclosure cases against two of the biggest mortgage servicing companies.
In 2014, Dave joined Butler Wooten & Peak LLP (BWP) in Columbus, Georgia, where he represented plaintiffs in personal injury, wrongful death, and product liability cases. At BWP, Dave helped secure several big client victories, including:
- A $150-million verdict against Chrysler in a defective Jeep case
- An eight-figure settlement for several Georgia Southern University nursing students who were severely injured and killed in a collision with a tractor-trailer
- Issue-preclusion sanctions against Ford Motor Co. in a defective roof case after Ford willfully caused a mistrial
- A confidential settlement – during jury selection – in a defective tire case against Hankook arising out of a bus crash that killed five and seriously injured twelve innocent victims
Dave met Litner + Deganian partner Steve Litner in 2016 after being selected to the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association’s Leadership Education & Advanced Direction (LEAD) Program. They became instant friends. In 2019, Dave reached out to Steve for career advice and, during their discussions, it became apparent that Dave was meant to join forces with his friend and LEAD classmate. “I’ve always admired and respected Steve. His vision and dedication to helping others have been an inspiration, and are the reasons I came on board,” Dave commented. “I’m excited to be part of and continue my career with the Litner + Deganian team.”
Dave went to college at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, graduating in 2005 with a B.A. in philosophy (with honors) and a B.A. in sociology. At UAB, he served as president of the Interfraternity Council and was selected to the Omega Greek Honor Society. Dave then attended graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, graduating in 2006 with a Master of Bioethics (summa cum laude). At Penn, he was a research fellow for the Ethics of Vaccines Project, and he wrote his master’s thesis about vaccine ethics. Realizing he was not meant for academia, Dave returned to Birmingham, Alabama, to attend law school at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. At Cumberland, Dave was awarded a research fellowship at the Center for Biotechnology, Law and Ethics and served as a senior associate editor of the American Journal of Trial Advocacy, one of Cumberland’s law reviews.
Outside of practicing law, Dave enjoys spending time with his wife, Chandler, who is also a lawyer, and their two children, Edward and Poppy. Dave also likes playing guitar, listening to music, going to concerts, exercising, and mowing his lawn.
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
Juris Doctor, 2009
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Master of Bioethics, summa cum laude, 2006
University of Alabama at Birmingham
B.A., Philosophy (with honors), and B.A., Sociology, 2005
- U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
- Columbus Bar Association
- Columbus Inns of Court
- Columbus Trial Lawyers Association (Treasurer)
- Georgia Bar Association
- Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
- Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
- Georgia Trial Lawyers Association’s Leadership Education & Advanced Direction Program, Class of 2017
- Research Fellowship: Cumberland School of Law, Center for Biotechnology, Law and Ethics
- Research Fellowship: University of Pennsylvania, Ethics of Vaccines Project
Seminars and Speaking Engagements
- Symposium Panel Member, Corn-Based Ethanol: A Cautionary Tale for United States Transportation Energy Policy, February 2007. Symposium sponsored by Cumberland School of Law, Center for Biotechnology, Law and Ethics.