Robert J. David - Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, L.L.C.

Robert J. David

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995

Robert J. David was born in New Roads, Louisiana on August 10, 1943.  He graduated from St. Joseph's High School and attended LSU and SLU, earning a B.A. degree in 1966.  IN 1969 he received his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School, where he served on the Loyola Law Review.

Representing patients and their families in medical malpractice cases is the principal focus of Robert’s practice. He has been named to Woodward/White’s "The Best Lawyers in America," for twenty consecutive years. He has since 1989 been the editor of the continuing column on "Professional Liability" for the Louisiana Bar Journal, the official publication of the Louisiana State Bar Association.

He began working at the Gainsburgh, Benjamin law firm as a law clerk in 1968 and joined the firm as an associate in 1969.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow of the American Bar Endowment, a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys with Special Competence in Medical Professional Liability, and is one of a select number of lawyers from Louisiana who have qualified for Diplomate status.  He is a charter member of the Louisiana Bar Foundation, and is a member of the American Bar Association, the New Orleans Bar Association, the Louisiana Association for Justice, and the American Association for Justice.
Robert has served on the Adjunct faculty of the Loyola and Tulane Law Schools.  He has been a guest lecturer on behalf of the American Bar Association, American Law Institute, Louisiana State Bar Association, Louisiana Association for Justice, Federal Bar Association, New Orleans Bar Association, Louisiana State Medical Society, American Board of Professional Liability Lawyers, Lafayette Parish Medical Society, Orleans Parish Medical Society, American College of Cardiologists, West Jefferson Medical Center, Louisiana State University Medical School, and Louisiana Medical Mutual Insurance Company.

In 1989 he was appointed to the Medical/Legal Interprofessional Committee, a Joint Committee of the Louisiana State Medical Society and Louisiana State Bar Association, having served as Attorney Chairperson from 1991 - 1994.  He also served on the Louisiana Disciplinary Board from 2001 - 2004 as a Hearing Committee member and then as a Committee Chairperson from 2004 - 2007, as a bar exam grader for the Committee on Bar Admissions, on the Loyola Law School Alumni Board of Directors, Loyola Law School Visiting Committee, Louisiana State Bar Association Insurance Committee, and he has served on the Board of Governors, Executive Committee and Counsel of Directors for the Louisiana Association of Justice.  He currently serves as a member of the Attorney Disciplinary Committee for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

He was Chair of the Jurisprudence Committee of the New Orleans Bar Association and received its Outstanding Service Award in 1995.  Robert served on the Ad Hoc Committee on Breast Cancer for the New Orleans Bar Association and was Chairperson of the Medical Malpractice Section of Louisiana Association for Justice.  He was a member of the "Governor's Commission on Medical Professional Liability."  He is listed in "Louisiana Super Lawyers," published by "Law and Politics," in the specialty of medical malpractice and was named by Super Lawyers as one of the "Top Ten Attorneys in Louisiana."  He has, for many years, been listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Law.  The National Trial Lawyers listed Robert in its "Top 100 Trial Lawyers."

On November 19, 2009, Robert was bestowed with the New Orleans Bar Association's Arceneaux Professionalism Award and he was presented with the President's Award from the Louisiana Association for Justice.

Robert was a reader/recorder for the Louisiana Blind and Handicapped.  He has made guest appearances on television and radio regarding issues of medical malpractice and breast cancer.  From 1995-2000 he was on Holy Cross High School's Board of Directors, and he served as President of Arden Cahill Academy’s Parent Teacher League from 1978-1979.

Robert and Stella were married in January 1967, and they have two sons.  Robert, Jr. is an attorney practicing in the Juneau David firm, Lafayette, Louisiana, and Richard is a representative of the Structural Heart Division of Medtronics in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Southeastern Louisiana UniversityBA 1966Loyola University School of LawJ.D. 1969
Louisiana Bar Journal, Bi-Monthly Edition of 'Professional Liability', 1989 - Present Louisiana Advocates, 'Medical Malpractice Law' New Orleans Bar Association, Medical Jurisprudence Committee, 1995 - Present Medical Jurisprudence Committee, New Orleans Bar Association, 1998 - 2000American Board of Professional Liability AttorneysNew Orleans Bar Association, Ad Hoc Committee on Breast CancerLouisiana Trial Lawyers Association Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association Louisiana Trial Lawyers AssociationLouisiana Trial Lawyers Association

Client Comments

"I refer cases to Mr. David, worked on cases with him, and have been adverse to Mr. David's clients. On all occasions, he is well-prepared, cordial, professional, and honorable. He is a remarkable man and a credit to his profession."

-Dr. Richard A. Spector

"My siblings and I acquired Mr. Robert David as our lawyer through another attorney who recommended him because of his expertise in malpractice cases. His knowledge and utmost dedication to the field of law made a difference in the outcome of our case. He would gather all information and legal terms and report back to us in a simplified way. His mannerism and personality is a quality that very few share. I had all the confidence in his organizational and dedicational decisions throughout the handling of our case. Because of this, Mr. David is set apart from his peers in the legal world. Without hesitation I would wholeheartedly recommend him and his law firm to anyone in need of a true professional lawyer. "

-Eve Lauzon LeBlanc

"Mr. Robert David is a true professional and a credit to the legal world. My family and I felt as though we were his only client. His attention to detail and our feelings were so sincere and his dedication to proving our case was so strong that we never once doubted his findings and advice. In a world where life moves at such a fast pace, Mr. David takes time with each and every one of his cases and takes nothing for granted. It is that type of work discipline that makes him such an effective lawyer and an outstanding individual. Family and community are very important to him and my family and I are very proud to know this wonderful man. It's our privilege to call him a friend."

-Karen Bollich

"We were referred to Mr. David by a family friend. We were informed that he was the best in his field and we found this to be true. We also learned that aside from being an excellent attorney, he was amazingly compassionate and understanding to our needs. The personal service that he asserted to us was far beyond that of a lawyer/client relationship. He kept us informed of our case throughout its duration, and always responded to our calls and questions in a timely manner. The greif and sorrow our family endured from the unnecessary death of our mother was extremely difficult. However, Mr. David, in the utmost professional manner finally brought us closure. I have already referred Mr. David to several of my friends and would highly reccomend him and his firm to anyone. "

-Luling Lauzon

Office Location

Energy Centre, Suite 2800
1100 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70163
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs of the New Orleans Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs of the New Orleans Metro Area
Robert J. David has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!Robert J. David has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs