David Lail

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Charleston, South Carolina

Yarborough Applegate
David Lail
Yarborough Applegate

Practice Areas: Personal Injury; view more

Licensed in South Carolina since: 2011

Education: Charleston School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2016 - 2021
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Yarborough Applegate

291 East Bay Street
Floor 2
Charleston, SC 29401 Visit website

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David Lail is a tenacious personal injury litigator and partner at the law firm of Yarborough Applegate Law Firm, LLC, based in Charleston, South Carolina. With over two decades of legal experience, he dedicates his practice exclusively to protecting the rights of victims of motor vehicle accidents, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), drunk driving, workplace injuries, insurance bad faith, police and medical negligence, unsafe premises, wrongful death and more.

Recognized as among the top trial attorneys in the state, Mr. Lail is not just knowledgeable and hardworking, but also a passionate advocate for his clients. He takes his responsibilities seriously and works closely with his clients dealing with the aftermath of serious trauma like the loss of a loved one or life-altering injuries. He has snagged millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for his clients, even breaking some records along the way:

  • He secured a $13.1 million verdict for a student who suffered a TBI.
  • He obtained a $21 million settlement for the wrongful death of a worker.
  • He, along with his team, procured a jury verdict of $35.9 million for a paralyzed construction worker.

A dean’s list graduate of the University of Kentucky, Mr. Lail earned his BBA in finance in 2001. He then graduated with high honors from The Citadel with an MBA in finance in 2007. Three years later, he received his Juris Doctor cum laude from Charleston School of Law, where he was a part of the Charleston Law Review; a member of the Moot Court Board; a recipient of the CALI Excellence for the Future Award. He also served as the vice president of the Public Interest Law Society – Pro Bono Board. He was authorized to practice law in South Carolina in 2011.

Born and brought up in Charleston, South Carolina, Mr. Lail is keen on giving back to his community. He serves on the board of the Historic Charleston Foundation and actively supports numerous charitable organizations, including One80 Place, Communities In Schools, the Coastal Conservation League and the Southern Environmental Law Center.

Furthermore, Mr. Lail regularly presents at several legal seminars. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Charleston County Bar Association and the South Carolina Association for Justice.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Animal Bites, Assault, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Dram Shop Laws, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 100% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 2011, South Carolina

Professional Webpage: https://www.yarboroughapplegate.com/team/david-lail/

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Author, South Carolina Damages, Second Edition, Dram Shop Liability, South Carolina Bar
  • Best practices in Dram Shop Discovery., Author, Dram Shop Discovery, American Association for Justice, 2021
  • The first South Carolina Bar publication of its kind, South Carolina Dram Shop Litigation: A Practice Guide, is a tool designed for the practitioner handling cases that are as unique as they are challenging. This book contains a concise discussion of dram shop law in South Carolina followed by a comprehensive guide to litigating these one-of-a-kind cases. With practical application as the guiding theme of the book, this valuable resource discusses the intricacies of all major components of a dram shop lawsuit as well as the strategies for handling the common, and not so common, issues along the way. This book examines dram shop litigation from both counsel tables and provides technical insight from authors that practice in this niche area on a regular basis. In addition, this book delivers analysis from experts in alcohol beverage industry standards and training practices as well as the toxicology of ethanol. Finally, this book contains a host of sample pleadings and discovery materials making it a must-have for any lawyer interested in this specific area of tort law in South Carolina, Author, South Carolina Dram Shop Litigation: A Practice Guide, South Carolina Bar, 2016
Honors/Awards:
  • Recipient, South Carolina Super Lawyers
  • Top 100, The National Trial Lawyers
  • David Lail is a member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100.
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • MADD South Carolina, Board Member
  • American Association for Justice
  • South Carolina Association for Justice, Board Member
  • The National Alliance of Victims' Rights Attorneys & Advocates, Member
  • The National Organization for Victim Assistance, Member
  • The National Crime Victim Bar Association, Member
  • David Lail serves on the Board of Governors of the South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ), formerly known as the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, 2017
Educational Background:
  • M.B.A. from The Citadel, 2007
  • B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Kentucky, 2001
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia, 2012
  • Licensed to practice law in South Carolina, 2011
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • $550,000 Settlement - Victim of Drunk Driving (DUI) Crash, 2019
  • $200,000 Settlement - Victim of Drunk Driving (DUI) Crash, 2019
  • $225,000 Settlement - Victim of Drunk Driving (DUI) Crash, 2019
  • $1,850,000 Settlement - Dram Shop, 2018
  • $587,500 Settlement - Injury from Falling Merchandise, 2018
  • $1,790,000 Settlement - Tractor Trailer Crash, 2018
  • $2,000,000 Settlement - DUI Crash, 2018
  • $700,000 Settlement - Medical Malpractice, 2018
  • $207,500 Settlement – Trip & Fall at Government Building, 2015
  • $1,250,000 Verdict - Tree Fall Injury, 2018
  • $1,6250,000 Settlement - Dram Shop, 2018
  • $4,000,000 Settlement - Car Crash , 2018
  • $175,000 - Settlement – Motor Vehicle Collision, 2017
  • $450,000 Settlement – Slip & Fall, 2013
  • $175,000 Settlement – Motorcycle crash, 2014
  • $275,000 Settlement – Nursing Home Neglect, 2017
  • $650,000 Settlement – Burn Injuries, 2015
  • $130,000 Settlement – Slip & Fall, 2013
  • $475,000 Settlement – Slip & Fall, 2014
  • $100,000 Settlement – Tattoo Injury, 2013
  • $305,000 Settlement – Highway Road Defect, 2016
  • $575,000 Settlement – Child Injury at Summer Camp, 2016
  • $275,000 Settlement – Ladder Collapse, 2014
  • $550,000 - Settlement - Slip and Fall at Hotel, 2017
  • $175,000 Settlement – Car Crash, 2014
  • $125,000 - Settlement – Car crash involving drunk driver, 2017
  • $535,000 Verdict – Condemnation and Inverse Condemnation, 2013
  • $150,000 Settlement – Child Injury at School, 2013
  • $500,000 Settlement – DUI Crash , 2014
  • $100,000 Settlement – Restaurant Injury, 2013
  • $1,000,000 Settlement – Civil Rights Violation (§1983), 2016
  • $1,000,000 Settlement – Traumatic Brain Injury, 2016
  • $185,000 Settlement – Trip & Fall, 2012
  • $4,250,000 Settlement – Workplace TBI & Spinal Cord Injury, 2017
  • $200,000 Settlement – Child Abuse at School, 2013
  • $300,000 - Settlement – Fall from ladder, 2017
  • $35,940,756 Verdict – Spinal Cord Injury, 2014
  • $150,000 Settlement – Trip & Fall, 2014
  • $500,000 Settlement – Boating injury, 2015
  • $125,000 Settlement – Excessive Police Force, 2014
  • $325,000 Settlement – Patio Umbrella Injury at Restaurant, 2015
  • $60,000 Settlement – Dog Bite, 2015
  • $290,000 Settlement – Car Crash, 2012
  • $1,000,000 Settlement – Child Strangulation Injury at Daycare, 2016

Office location for David Lail

291 East Bay Street
Floor 2
Charleston, SC 29401

Phone: 843-972-0150

Selections

3 Years Super Lawyers
6 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2016 - 2021

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