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David Koehler

David Koehler


David Koehler practices product liability, mass tort, and commercial litigation with focus in the areas of pharmaceutical, medical device, and consumer products.

David advises and defends clients in all phases of products, commercial, and personal injury litigation. He serves on teams responsible for the work-up and trial of multidistrict and coordinated proceeding litigation. He collaborates with attorneys across law firms on discovery and trial-related projects to achieve client goals. David regularly prepares witnesses for and takes depositions and has experience as trial counsel in jury and bench trials.

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  • Served as trial counsel and obtained verdicts in clients’ favor in jury and bench trials in commercial disputes and suits alleging negligence, breach of contract, malicious prosecution, abuse of process and excessive force
  • Defended and successfully resolved suits against numerous corporations, retailers, hospitals, and pharmacies alleging personal injury, negligence, breach of contract and intentional tort
  • Served as member of trial preparation team in consolidated proceedings involving claims against a manufacturer of Class III contraceptive device, including preparation of witnesses, exhibits and pre-trial motion practice
  • Served as member of work-up counsel team in multidistrict litigation involving claims against manufacturer of an anticoagulant medication, including depositions of plaintiffs, case evaluation and selection
  • Served on defense team for multinational energy and industrial contractor in lawsuit alleging catastrophic accident, wrongful death and personal injury arising from incident at Arkansas nuclear power plant
  • Represented individuals and small businesses in suits alleging professional malpractice, negligence, and breach of contract, including claims against physicians, hospitals, insurance agents, and forestry and agricultural consultants
  • Coordinated large-scale discovery and e-discovery projects in trademark infringement litigation
  • Represented multiple national insurance carriers in class action and complex declaratory judgment litigation, including suit seeking coverage of US$25M oil refinery fire and class action related to insurer’s handling of med pay and PIP subrogation under the Arkansas made whole doctrine
  • Defended state officers and quasi-public hospitals and other entities in defense of Freedom of Information Act litigation
  • J.D., University of Arkansas, William H. Bowen School of Law
  • B.A., University of Arkansas


  • The Best Lawyers in America: "Ones to Watch" Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants (2019-2023)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyer Rising Star: Civil Litigation Defense (2017-2020)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Trial Academy (2018)
  • Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXXII (2017)

Pro Bono

David has actively participated in a variety of pro bono initiatives throughout his career.  David has represented multiple Arkansas prisoners in civil rights actions in federal court.  In 2017, he successfully tried a multi-day federal jury trial on behalf of a prisoner asserting claims of excessive force. David has investigated the constitutionality of the fines and fees practices of county district court judges in conjunction with the Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights Under Law and participates in the National Veterans Legal Services Program discharge upgrade initiative, advocating for veterans seeking a military discharge upgrade or correction. As a member of the Volunteers’ Organization, Center for Arkansas Legal Services (VOCALS), David regularly assists clients in obtaining needed guardianships and sealing criminal records.  David serves on the Board of Directors of the Wolfe Street Foundation, which provides a home for drug and alcohol abuse recovery meetings in Central Arkansas and offers support services for individuals and families seeking a way out of the cycle of drug and alcohol addiction.

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Member, International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
  • Board of Directors, Wolfe Street Foundation
  • Board of Directors, Friends of KUAR/KLRE Public Radio
  • Board of Directors, University of Arkansas Lambda Chi Alpha Housing Corporation
  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • Pulaski County Bar Association
  • William R. Overton Inn of Court
  • VOCALS (Volunteer Organization, Center for Arkansas Legal Services)