How to Make Partner at GrayRobinson


Robbie Li
May 26, 2020
Legal Career

David Oliver is a partner at GrayRobinson with 35 years of litigation experience. David is a preeminent business trial lawyer in the State of Florida. Rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell® since 1986, the premier independent rating guide to lawyers in the United States, he has additionally been named by his peers and the judiciary to Best Lawyers in America every year since 2006. In 2014, Orlando Magazine recognized David as one of the "Best Lawyers" in Orlando in 2006-2020, and honored him as “Lawyer of the Year”, citing his recognition for “Bet the Company Litigation.” Beginning in the last decade, David became one of the leaders in pushing for mainstream law firms to handle commercial litigation matters on modified or contingent fee agreements. Today, while he maintains a traditional business litigation practice, David also serves as Chair of GrayRobinson’s Business Contingency Litigation practice.

David advises young lawyers to be forthright, honest, and straightforward, and encourages them to be strategic about how they develop business.

Listen to the episode to learn:

  • How client relationships might differ depending on whether the case is structured in a contingency fee agreement or an hourly billing model
  • What David sees as an emerging trend in construction litigation, in the context of a cooling economy 
  • How David has developed an excellent reputation within the legal industry, and why he believes it is key to be “forthright, honest, and straightforward”
  • Why David believes a satisfied former client is the best avenue to bring in more business
  • How litigation funding has been used both by Fortune 100 companies and small business claimants in David’s practice 

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