David R. Elder

Top rated Construction Litigation attorney in Miami, Florida

Elder & Lewis PA
David R. Elder
Elder & Lewis PA

Practice Areas: Construction Litigation; view more

Licensed in Florida since: 1979

Education: University of Miami School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2018, 2021 - 2024

Elder & Lewis PA

9155 S Dadeland Blvd
Suite 1110
Miami, FL 33156 Visit website


Attorney David R. Elder is a shareholder with Elder & Lewis PA law firm in Miami, Florida. A nationally ranked trial attorney with more than 40 years of legal experience, Mr. Elder focuses his practice almost exclusively on construction law, and he provides invaluable counsel and support to clients throughout Miami and all across South Florida who have legal disputes involving contested change orders, bond and lien claims, construction defects, extended general conditions, and more.

Along with his extensive trial experience in state and federal courts, Mr. Elder has conducted numerous arbitrations before various panels, and he has negotiated favorable settlements for his clients without the need for expensive and time-consuming court battles. Whether inside or outside the courtroom, he maintains a dedicated focus on protecting his clients' rights and interests at all turns while helping them achieve the positive results they seek as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

Drawing upon his in-depth knowledge of construction law, Mr. Elder has spoken before general contractors and other construction professionals throughout the state, and he has conducted many lectures and continuing legal education seminars for other attorneys.

In honor of his outstanding professionalism and superior client service, Mr. Elder has earned an AV-Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell and a listing in the Bar Register of Preeminent lawyers as well as many other top rankings and endorsement from his peers, and he has received numerous testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.

A 1972 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, Mr. Elder obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law in 1978. The Florida Bar admitted him to practice the following year, and he is also admitted to practice before all state and appeals courts in Florida as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

Mr. Elder is an active member of The Florida Bar's Construction Law Committee, the American Arbitration Association, the Dade County Bar Association and the South Florida Chapter of the Associated General Contractors organization.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Construction Litigation: Business

Focus areas

Construction Defects

  • 100% Construction Litigation: Business

First Admitted: 1979, Florida

Professional Webpage: https://www.elderlewislaw.com/david-elder

  • AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent lawyers
  • Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine in construction law
Educational Background:
  • Ohio Wesleyan University, B.A., 1972
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1981
  • Dade County Bar Association, Member
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1979
  • The Florida Bar Association, Construction Law Committee, Member, 1981
  • American Arbitration Association, Member
  • Florida, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • AGC South Florida Chapter, Member

Office location for David R. Elder

9155 S Dadeland Blvd
Suite 1110
Miami, FL 33156

Phone: 786-598-0775


8 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2018, 2021 - 2024

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