David Pitre joined the firm in 1992 where he practiced law for several years in New Orleans before moving to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 1999. He is a partner and resident attorney for the firm’s Gulfport office. Throughout his career he has practiced exclusively in the area of personal injury and wrongful death, and has fought for and obtained compensation for innocent accident victims and their families throughout the United States. David is an experienced litigator in both state and federal courts, and is quite often associated by attorneys from across the nation to litigate cases throughout the State of Mississippi.
David was elected President of the Mississippi Association for Justice (MAJ) at the age of 39, and completed his tenure as MAJ President in the Summer of 2009. He is active within the Mississippi State Bar Association, having served on various committees (Technology, Unauthorized Practice of Law, Summer School CLE, Professionalism). He continues his service on the MAJ Board of Governors and has chaired or participated in numerous committees. In 2009 he was appointed by Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice William Waller to serve on the Mississippi Code of Judicial Conduct Study Committee.
David obtained some of the largest jury verdicts in several counties throughout the State of Mississippi. He is a board certified civil trial law specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He has served as lead counsel in numerous civil jury trials, and has obtained notable verdicts in various Counties across the State. He is a frequent lecturer, and has been a guest CLE speaker before the American Association for Justice (AAJ), Mississippi Association for Justice (MAJ), Louisiana Association for Justice (LAJ), Mississippi Bar Association, Mississippi College of Law and Ole Miss Law School. He has also published several articles in the area of trial practice in various publications, including with AAJ’s Trial, Mississippi Bar Association’s Lawyer, MAJ’s Voir Dire, LAJ’s Louisiana Advocates, and Colorado Trial Lawyer’s Association’s Trial Talk.
Born and raised in southeast Louisiana, David graduated with honors from Nicholls State University and thereafter moved to Washington, D.C. in 1990 where he spent two years involved in legislative and legal affairs in Congress and while working for a prominent Washington, D.C. lobbying firm. During his tenure at Loyola Law School where he studied both civil and common law, David worked for two years with the Public Law Center, a nonprofit legal clinic focused on legislative and regulatory initiatives for the elderly, disabled and impoverished.
David is married to Dr. Laurie Aycock Pitre. They have two daughters. He is active within his community, especially involving children’s causes. He has worked for many years as a volunteer reading tutor in an alternative school, at a summer camp for child cancer survivors, he has guest lectured and judged high school mock trial teams, and served as a member of various charitable organizations and boards.
Birth Date: May 2, 1968; Larose, Louisiana
- Loyola University School of Law, Juris Doctorate, 1994
- Nicholls State University, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, 1990
- Personal Injury
- Auto & Trucking Collisions
- Wrongful Death
- Bad Faith Insurance Claims
- Industrial Plant & Other Workplace Injuries
- Premises Liability
- Dram Shop Claims (Bar & Restaurant Liability for Overserving Alcohol to Minors & Visibly Intoxicated Patrons)
- Medical & Hospital Negligence
- Defective Products
- Admiralty – Injuries to Seamen, Offshore Workers & Longshoremen
- Highway Defects
- Legal Malpractice
- Louisiana State Courts, 1994
- Louisiana Federal District Courts (Eastern, Western & Middle), 1994
- Mississippi State Courts, 1999
- Mississippi Federal District Courts (Southern & Northern), 1999
- U.S. Federal Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1994
- Mississippi Association for Justice (President, 2008-’09)
- American Association for Justice
- Louisiana Association for Justice
- Mississippi Bar Association
- Louisiana Bar Association
- Harrison County Bar Association