David S. Dunkle - Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O

David S. Dunkle

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1987
Phone: 205-716-5395

David Dunkle is listed in The Best Lawyers In AmericaSuper Lawyers magazine, and has the highest rating assigned by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. He served two years as a Legal Officer in the United States Army and held the rank of Captain.

He has practiced in the tax and related areas of employee benefits and ERISA since 1972. He now focuses his practice on employee benefits and estate planning.

He advises private and public employers, fiduciaries, and third-party administrators regarding all legal and tax aspects of employee benefits. This includes their pension, multi-employer pension, 401(k)/profit sharing, tax-sheltered annuity, Section 457, non-qualified deferred compensation, ESOP, cafeteria, and health care plans. He assists fiduciaries in correcting plan defects and resolving issues with the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor. He provides technical advice to employers on employee pension and welfare benefit issues in connection with mergers and acquisitions. He has also testified in court as an expert on ERISA related matters.

Due to the substantial wealth that executives have accumulated under their employee benefit plans, David also provides estate planning services for executives. This includes integrating their various employee benefits into their Wills and Living Trusts.

David has been in the forefront of self-funded employee benefits since the 1970’s. As a Special Tax Advisor to Tax Management, Inc., he authored VEBAs and Other Self-Insured Arrangements, 395-2nd. He is also the author of the Shepard’s/McGraw-Hill treatise on employee benefit planning entitled Guide to Pension and Profit Sharing Plans. He has written numerous articles for such tax publications as The Journal of Taxation and Taxes, and he speaks frequently in the area of employee benefits. He also taught the Pension, Profit Sharing and Compliance Course to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and has taught income, gift and estate tax in the Accounting Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He attended the course given at the Center for Fiduciary Studies (associated with the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business) regarding fiduciary/investment reviews and audits of ERISA plans and private and public trusts.

David is a member of the Section of Taxation and the Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law of the American Bar Association.

Virginia Military InstituteBA 1966University of North CarolinaJ.D. 1969Georgetown UniversityLL.M 1970
Birmingham Estate Planning CouncilBirmingham Tax ForumBirmingham 401(k) Profit Sharing CouncilAmerican Bar Association Tax Section

Client Comments

"David Dunkle is a highly respected attorney in the field of ERISA law. He has served our company well over many years and gives his time as a speaker and leader in many industry organizations. We trust his expertise and value his many contributions to our organization."

-Jackie Karabasz
O'Neal Steel, Inc.

Office Location

2001 Park Place North, Suite 700
P.O. Box 830612
Birmingham, AL 35283-0612
United States

Practice Areas

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law (ERISA, ESOPS, Executive Compensation, Exempt Organizations, Fiduciary Responsibility, Government Plans, Pension, Health and Welfare, Trusts and Estates)