David M. Zagoria

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Atlanta, Georgia

The Zagoria Law Firm, LLC
David M. Zagoria
The Zagoria Law Firm, LLC

Practice Areas: Personal Injury; view more

Licensed in Georgia since: 1996

Education: South Texas College of Law Houston

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2006, 2009 - 2010

The Zagoria Law Firm, LLC

5180 Roswell Road
South Building, Suite S100
Atlanta, GA 30342 Visit website


Attorney David M. Zagoria is the founder of The Zagoria Law Firm, LLC. From his Atlanta law office, he works to protect the rights of victims of negligence living throughout the state of Georgia by representing them and their families as they pursue compensation. Thanks to his excellent reputation, clients know to turn to him for assistance in the aftermath of the following:

• Car, truck and motorcycle accidents
• Pedestrian accidents
• Wrongful deaths
• Dog bites
• Slips/trips and falls

Mr. Zagoria began his legal career in 1996 after earning a law degree from South Texas College of Law and his admission to the State Bar of Georgia. At the beginning of his career, he practiced criminal law, serving as assistant solicitor at the DeKalb County Solicitor-General's Office, as assistant district attorney at the Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office and as chief senior assistant district attorney at The Fulton County District Attorney's Office.

When attorney Zagoria decided to leave the public sector and go into private practice, he chose to focus his efforts on personal injury law. Since changing his area of practice, he has built a reputation as an effective, professional and dedicated personal injury attorney, and his reputation for delivering high-quality legal services has led to a number of honors, including a "Superb" rating from AVVO and inclusion in The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers' list and AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell.  In 2018, Mr. Zagoria graduated for Gerry Spence Trail Lawyer's College in Dubois, Wyoming.  

Mr. Zagoria is an active member of the legal community. He is a member of a number of organizations, including the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, and Past Chair of the Animal Law Section of the Atlanta Bar Association.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Animal Bites, Brain Injury, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 100% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1996, Georgia

Professional Webpage: http://www.lawzagoria.com/About/David-Zagoria.shtml

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • A Plaintiff Attorney's Guide to Winning Dog Bite Cases, Author
  • Speaker, Animal Law Lunch and Learn, “Dog Bite CLE”, 2020
  • Speaker, Fried, Rogers, & Goldberg Breakfast Workshop, “Embracing the Perceived Bad Juror on Your Panel”, 2019
  • Speaker, GTLA Annual Convention, “Landlords and Dog Bite Liability”, 2019
  • Speaker, Strafford CLE Webinar, “Dog Bite Claims on the Rise: Pursuing Personal Injury Cases Against Dog Owners”, 2017
  • Speaker, 2016 GTLA Annual Convention, “Setting Up Dog Bite Cases for Success”, 2016
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Georgia Bar Association
  • Past Chair, Animal Law Section, Atlanta Bar Association
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Membership Committee
  • Member, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, 1997
  • American Association for Justice
  • Georgia Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Member, State Bar of Georgia, 1996
  • American Bar Association
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Georgia, 1996
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
Educational Background:
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer's College, 2018
  • The University of The South, Sewanee, B.A., Bachelor of Arts, 1992
  • Listen to a father share how the Zagoria Law firm helped him obtain compensation for his son after they had signed a waiver of liability. The facility did not want to take responsibility for any of the medical bills but the Zagoria Law did not take no for an answer. They argued that because the accident was avoidable, the facility should take responsibility event though the child's parents had waived their rights., Signing a waiver does not strip you of your rights, 2019
  • How to Avoid Being Bitten by a Dog | Zagoria Law, 2019
  • David Marple is a Partner at Marple Rubin Family Law, LLC and he refers cases to The Zagoria Law firm. He trusts the founding partner, David Zagoria and recommends him to others because of his honesty and legal expertise, Attorney David Marple Endorses David Zagoria and his firm, 2019
  • , Summer Dog Bites, 2020
  • It has been a long road for Katrina Bebee, a postal worker, who was bitten by a dog as she delivered a package to a home on her route. Attorneys David Zagoria and Jeff Klein tried the case in front of a jury in March 2018 and the jury awarded Bebee a judgment of $75,000 compensatory damages and $50,000 in punitive damages for a total of $125,000 in damages., Dog Bite Survivor Describes The Emotional Distress, 2020
  • Attorneys David Zagoria and Jeff Klein tried the case in front of a jury in March 2018 and the jury awarded Bebee a judgment of $75,000 compensatory damages and $50,000 in punitive damages for a total of $125,000 in damages., Katrina Bebee Case Testimonial, 2019
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Ogunfowokan v. Mercury Transportation - $500,000.00 pre-trial settlement, Rear-end Collision Case Settled for $500,000.00 Pre-trial, 2022
  • Austin Wells v. Norman W. Fries Inc., State Court of Evans County, CAFN: STSV2019000024, Austin was a third-party contractor who was seriously injured while performing maintenance at the plant.  Case settled for $525,000.00, 2022
  • Mahamet v. John Doe Apartments.  Client was visiting a friend at the apartment complex.  As he was leaving, he was assaulted and shot in his left leg.  Our investigation revealed a history of violent crime at the apartments and no security to address the issue.  Case settled pre-suit for $1,000,000.00., 2022
  • Widener v. Napoles, Superior Court of Columbia County, CAFN: 2021ECV0012.  Our adolescent client and his parents were visiting a friend for dinner.  The child went into the backyard and was bitten by the family’s Akita canine. Case settled for policy limits of $300,000.00., 2022
  • Mistretta v. Nelson.  Gwinnett County State Court, CAFN: 20-C-05720-S5.  Client was attacked in his front yard by his neighbor’s Rottweiler dog, resulting in deep lacerations and a broken bone in his foot.  The attack was captured on Ring video.  Case settled for $350,000.00., 2022
  • Lively-Arnold v. Everard.  Fulton County State Court, CAFN:20-EV-003152.  Client asked permission to pet a leashed dog in the Serenbe community.  Permission was granted and the dog bite the client in the mouth.  Liability was denied, but we found a prior victim of the dog. Case settled for policy limits of $300,000.00 five days prior to trial., 2022
  • Walton vs. Cook County Land Ventures. The client sought damages for medical expenses incurred in the treatment and care of Kymaria Walton after a vicious dog attack. The negligence suit against Cook County Land Ventures, d/b/a Sunshine Acres, LLC, also seeks justice for Kymaria Walton for the severe permanent facial scarring she has suffered because of this horrific attack, Dog Bite Prompts Negligence Suit
  • Hendricks v. King and Espinosa. Suit filed in State Court of Hall County after Anthony “AJ” Hendricks, Jr. was injured while swimming behind a pontoon boat owned by King (Negligent Entrustment) and operated by Espinosa (Negligence). The suit alleges that Espinosa was consuming alcohol while driving the boat owned by King and that after stopping so guests on the boat could swim, Espinosa suddenly engaged the engine, causing the propeller to hit Hendricks’ legs. Client suffered deep lacerations that required surgical repair
  • Richison-Thomas v. Joyce. State Court of Rockdale County. CAFN: 2008-SV-2825. Joyce was driving his car while under the influence of alcohol when he slammed into the car our client was driving. Client was diagnosed with a cervical and thoracic sprain/strain and headaches. Medical bills totaled $11,406. We made a pre-suit demand pursuant to Holt for $25,000. The insurance company failed to respond within the required time. Therefore, we filed suit in State Court of Rockdale County. The day before trial, the case settled for $75,000, DUI Crash in Conyers, Georgia Settles for $75,000
  • Ortega v. John Doe. Confidential Settlement. U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia. The client was in a large department store when she slipped on hair cream on the floor. Case resolved during discovery for $90,000, Slip and Fall in Department Store Settles for $90,000 in United States Federal Court
  • Davis v. Aspen Woods Apartment Complex. The client was a victim of a home invasion while staying at his girlfriend’s apartment. He broke his tibia jumping out of the window of the apartment. We discovered a significant history of crime on the property that the apartment complex did nothing to curtail. Case settled for $125,000, Negligent Security Case in DeKalb County Settles for $125,000
  • Williams v. Walton House. State Court of Fulton County. The client was assaulted in a hotel in downtown Atlanta by three men. Inadequate security lawsuit filed. The case settled for $150,000 at mediation with Gino Brogdon, Inadequate Security in an Atlanta, Georgia Hotel Settles for $150,000
  • Josh v. John Doe. Confidential Settlement. The client was shot at an apartment complex in DeKalb County. Inadequate security lawsuit filed. The case settled at mediation for $185,000.00, Apartment Shooting Settles for $185,000
  • Rice v. Premier Waste Services, LLC. State Court of Fulton County. CAFN: 06VS095900-E. Motorcycle versus truck incident resulting in two fractured vertebrae in client’s back and a broken left ankle. The top offer at mediation was $150,000.00. The jury returned a verdict of $230,000.00, Jury Verdict of $230,000 for Motorcycle Hit by Commercial Truck
  • Makarewicz v. Alzado. The client was walking her dog when her neighbor’s pit bull broke free from its leash. The client was bit viciously her on the hand resulting in a scar. Client treated conservatively with Bronier Costas, MD. Case settled pre-suit for $47,950.44, Dog Bite In John’s Creek Settles for $47,950
  • S. Thomas, as Parent and Natural Guardian and J.W. a minor v. Munch. The client was bitten at a Halloween party in Phenix City, Alabama by a dog named “Munchie”. He had extensive scarring to his wrist. Case settled pre-suit for $60,000, Dog Bite in Lee County, Alabama Settles for $60,000
  • Fagan v. Walden. The client was walking down the road when she was attacked by a pit bull canine, resulting in a fracture to her right ankle. Case settled pre-suit for $75,000, Dog Bite in Thomaston, Georgia Settles for $75,000
  • B. Williams v. Catalan. The client was driving her car and was hit head-on by Catalan. She suffered a tibia fracture, knee laceration, and ankle fracture. The case settled pre-suit for policy limits of $100,000, Car Wreck in Henry County, Georgia Settles for Policy Limits
  • Wacaster v. Gilreath. Amanda Wacaster was viciously bitten on her right arm by Gilreath’s St. Bernard, named “Hoss.” The incident occurred at the Defendant’s Pickens County, Georgia residence. This case presented significant challenges because the attack occurred in the Defendant’s home. However, we proved that Hoss had aggressive tendencies through our discovery of a previous bite. The case settled for policy limits of $100,000, Dog Bite at Relative’s Home Settles for $100,000
  • Newton v. White. The client was T-boned and the Defendant was given a ticket. Client suffered a herniated disc and underwent a discectomy by Lee Kelly, M.D. We made a pre-suit demand under O.C.G.A. 9-11-67.1 for the Defendant’s policy limits of $100,000.00. The policy limits of $100,000 were tendered, Car Wreck with Discectomy Settles for Policy Limits of $100,000
  • Birdwell v. Hetzer. Superior Court of Greene County. CAFN: 2008-CV-177360. Sandy Birdwell suffered a fractured tibia and a torn Achilles tendon as a result of a fall down a camouflaged “one-step riser” at the defendant’s home in the Reynolds Plantation community in Greensboro, Georgia. Liability was denied and the case went into litigation. Case settled the week before the trial for $155,000, Trip and Fall in Greene County, Georgia Settles for $155,000
  • Arafa v. Twumasi. Superior Court of Paulding County. CAFN: 10-CV-424-TB. Child was playing in her yard when she was attacked by the neighbor’s dog. She was bitten by the dog causing scarring to her ear. Suit was filed and the case settled for $185,000, Child Bitten by Dog in Paulding County, Georgia Settles for $185,000
  • Adewuyi v. B & B Trucking. The client was traveling eastbound on I-285 and was rear-ended by a B & B Trucking freight truck. Client suffered a right shoulder rotator cuff tear requiring surgery. Case settled pre-suit for $275,000, Car Rear-Ended by “Big Rig” Settles for $275,000
  • Conaway v. Weidner. State Court of Fulton County, CAFN: 15EV001734. The client was in a “dog run” with her canine. She was attacked by a dog that bit her arm, causing a fracture and torn flesh. State Farm denied liability since the attack occurred in a no leash required area. We were able to prove liability through the canine’s veterinary records procured during litigation. The case settled for policy limits of $300,000, Vicious Dog Bite in Brookhaven, Georgia Results in Policy Limits Payout of $300,000
  • Donald v. Yazaki International Corp. State Court of Fulton County. Client hit by drunk driver employee of Yazaki International, causing cervical and lumbar sprain/strain injuries. A thorough investigation revealed several prior drunk driving convictions for the driver that struck client. The case was settled for $399,990 on the eve of trial, Drunk Driving Crash in East Point, Georgia Settles for $399,990
  • Wortman v. Gerrick. State Court of Cobb County. CAFN:2010A41487. The client was a passenger in a car that was T boned. She suffered a right scapula fracture, multiple rib fractures, a liver laceration, a spleen laceration and a fracture of the right C7 transverse process. The case settled for $600,000 at mediation on the eve of trial, Car Crash in Acworth, Georgia Settles for $600,000
  • Milton v. Grimes Trucking. The client was driving her car to work when a commercial vehicle failed to yield while turning left, causing a vehicle collision. Client suffered a fractured hip requiring surgical care. Case settled for $650,000 pre-suit, Car Hit by Commercial Dump Truck in DeKalb County, Settles for $650,000
  • O’Bryant vs. Davis. Client fell and fractured her humerus while running to escape a pit-bull type dog owned by Davis. The client engaged Bell Law to handle the case and David Bell approached dog-bite expert David Zagoria to serve as co-counsel and initiate the suit. The defendant’s insurance company settled during discovery for the policy limits of $100,000, $100,000 Dog Attack Settlement Negotiated During Discovery
  • Humble vs. EPPS 57th Restaurant. Client tripped and fell on the dance floor at the 57th Fighter Group Restaurant due to the clear tape being used to repair a defect in the flooring. Client suffered a fractured distal radius and ulnar styloid because of the fall, which was surgically repaired. Defendant denied liability from the outset. Defendant’s motions for summary judgment in the case were denied, leading to the $400,000 settlement one month before trial, Settlement of $400,000 Reached in Dance Club Fall Case
  • Naghise v. Lee, Landair Transport, Inc. The client was driving his vehicle with a trailer when the defendant’s freight truck overturned and skidded through the rear of his trailer. He suffered meniscus tears in both knees, which had to be surgically repaired. The case was settled for $202,500, Zagoria Law Settles Big Rig Crash Case for $202,500
  • Costello v. Roto-Rooter Services Company, John Southerland and John Doe. Client was a passenger in a vehicle that collided with a Roto-Rooter truck and trailer as its driver attempted to make a left turn. Roto-Rooter denied the claim stating that the driver was off duty. A thorough investigation revealed that the driver was in the “course and scope” of his employment at the time of the accident. Zagoria Law negotiated a pre-trial settlement for $450,000, Zagoria Law Settles Car Wreck for $450,000
  • Mao V. Garcia. Client was walking on the sidewalk in his neighborhood when he was attacked by two unrestrained Pit Bulls. Client suffered severe wounds on his left arm and leg requiring immediate surgery. The case settled for policy limits of $300,000, Zagoria Law Settles Dog Bite Case for $300,000 Policy Limit
  • Bebee V. Jones. Client was walking back to her work truck when boxer dog escapes from behind an invisible fence. Client suffered wounds on her right forearm and leg, she also endured severe emotional distress. The case won a verdict of $75,000 in pain and suffering and $50,000 in punitive damages, Zagoria Law Jury Trial in Favor of Postal Worker Attacked by Dog
  • Agustin Rojo V. Joseph Hillery. Client was working as part of a landscaping crew at a client’s home when the canine attacked him and bit him on the back of his knee causing injury. The jury awarded Agustin $100,000.00 after the insurance initially offered $6,000.00, Zagoria Law Wins Jury Trial in Favor of Landscaper Attacked by Dog
  • Sherry Whitfield v. Veronica Hernandez and Gerson Ventura. The client was attacked by a dog that was loose and outside the home. She suffered bites in her leg. The jury awarded Whitfield $218,868.24 after the insurance initially offered only $40,000.00, Zagoria Law Wins Jury Trial for Dog Bite Victim in Dekalb County
  • Conger v. Nadler, State Court of Dekalb County, Civil Action file Number 20A79305, Case Settled for $150,000.00
  • Dudley v. Holiday Marine Group, State Court of Cobb County, Civil Action File Number 18A267, Case Settled for $300,000.00
  • On July 1, 2019, our client Kate Zhu was at Ronald Regan Park with her friend Xinni Ren. Ms. Ren took her Husky-Australian Shephard mix dog, “Ranger”, Case settled for policy limit - $300,000.00
  • Smith v. Columbia Hospitality Management and PSROME1, LLC, d/b/a Studio 6 Skytop Rome, State Court of Fulton County, Civil Action File Number 18EV004034, Dog Bite Case Settled for $100,000.00
  • Estes v. McKinnon, Superior Court of Oconee County, Civil Action Filer Number SUCV2020000134, Zagoria Law Settles Car Wreck for $300,000.00 - Exceeding Policy Limit

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“Talented and passionate. Very knowledgeable and trustworthy.”

“Hardworking and extremely knowledgeable about personal injury law. Dedicated to his clients.”

“David is an excellent Plaintiff's attorney, specializing in dog bite cases, who represents his clients earnestly and with excellent results.”

“David Zagoria is a tremendously skilled attorney that achieves unparalleled results for his clients!”

“One of the most caring attorneys I know. Any clients that I refer to him are always so grateful. He is the guy that comes in and fixes the mess of other less-skilled attorneys.”

“I am always happy to refer personal injury cases to David Zagoria, because the clients are always so pleased with the results. David brings years of litigation experience and a genuine interest and concern for his clients to each case. Absolutely one of the best in the field!”

“David is a dedicated, intelligent attorney who truly cares about the welfare of his clients. As an ADA in Fulton county he fought hard to see that justice was done. As an attorney in private practice he is still fighting for the little guy and helping those people who cannot afford a large firm, ensuring that EVERYONE is given the opportunity to be heard and made whole.”

“David is an amazing lawyer. He is well respected in the area of personal injury and he is one of the leading dog bite lawyer. in the state. I enthusiastically recommend him.”

“David Zagoria is a dedicated lawyer who has developed quite an area of specialty in dog bites. I have referred clients to him and he has done an outstanding job of obtaining recovery for them.”

“I have associated with David on several cases. I have found him to be professional, aggressive and keenly aware of his client's interests.”

“Exceptionally skilled and diligent!”

“One of the finest lawyers I know. Zealously and vigorously represents his client's interests”

Office location for David M. Zagoria

5180 Roswell Road
South Building, Suite S100
Atlanta, GA 30342

Phone: 404-653-0023


9 Years Super Lawyers
3 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2006, 2009 - 2010

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