American Society of Highway Engineers – Traffic Engineer Liability
Georgia Institute of Transportation Engineers – Traffic Engineer Liability
Yates Insurance Agency – Construction Risk Transfer
Business and Commercial Litigation
Wrongful Death and Catastrophic Injury Litigation
David C. Sawyer is a partner at Gray, Rust, St. Amand, Moffett & Brieske. His practice primarily focuses on defending companies and individuals in construction, wrongful death, and personal injury litigation. David also frequently advises on questions related to insurance coverage. He has been successful as solo or lead counsel in trials leading to defense verdicts and has obtained dismissals through motions practice in multiple cases.
David is admitted to practice in both state and federal courts across Georgia, including to the Court of Appeals of Georgia, the Supreme Court of Georgia, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
David has served as a speaker at continuing education courses and seminars for insurance professionals and engineers. He has been rated as a Super Lawyer since 2014, selected in Georgia Trend magazine’s Legal Elite, and was given an AV rating from his peers, which means that he was deemed to have very high professional ethics and preeminent legal ability.
David graduated from Florida State University in 2005 and Cumberland School of Law in 2008 where he served as a Caruthers Fellow in the school’s legal writing program and as an Executive of the Henry Upson Sims Moot Court Board. He was a recipient of the Scholar of Merit award and participated in numerous arbitration, mediation, and moot court competitions.
Education & Bar Admissions
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University Birmingham, Alabama
Scholar of Merit
Henry Upson Sims Moot Court Board
Florida State University Tallahassee, Florida
Double Major:Criminology and Religion
2008 | Georgia
2008 | Georgia Court of Appeals
2008 | Supreme Court of Georgia
2008 | U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
2008 | U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia
2019 | U.S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia
2008 | 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
2008 | Supreme Court of the United States
Memberships & Associations
Memberships & Associations
Atlanta Bar Association
Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
Defense Research Institute
State Bar of Georgia – Young Lawyers Division
Lawyers Club of Atlanta
Honors and Awards
Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite
Super Lawyers, 2014-2019
“Just a quick update on a fine job done by David Sawyer in Atlanta, one of our newer teammates. We had a catastrophic injury case involving a low personal limits driver who arguably was using a car for our insured (who has big limits). This was thus a major coverage case in a dangerous venue for insurers. We also had to open two defense files, as the named insured (a commercial entity) was sued also.
David kept things running smoothly and kept a good rapport with the plaintiff attorney, who was in a tough spot. Thanks in large part to David’s finesse, we were able to resolve this for all our parties, including the driver! This resolves a potentially very expensive and dangerous case for a very, very reasonable amount. Again, I put David’s communication skills as the key factor here. Way to go, David!”