He has been an officer or advisor to 12 industry trade organizations and professional societies involved in the fabricated structural steel industry. Since 1989, he has served as Secretary and General Counsel of the American Institute of Steel Construction and also serves on that body's "Code of Standard Practice" Committee and as counsel to its National Steel Bridge Alliance.
David has been lead trial counsel for numerous contractors, design professionals, material suppliers and construction owners involved in complex matters in litigation, arbitration and construction mediation. Formally trained as a construction arbitrator and mediator and listed on several national construction neutral panels, David has participated as an ADR neutral or advocate in resolution of construction disputes totaling well in excess of a half billion dollars.
Mr. Ratterman was also an advisor to FEMA Task Forces that investigated structural damage caused by the 1994 Northridge, California, earthquake and the September 11, 2001, collapse of the World Trade Center towers.
He is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is a Fellow and has served on the Board of Governors of the American College of Construction Lawyers, and in 2014 was awarded the Past Presidents' Award for exemplary service to the College over a period spanning nearly the entire 25-year history of the College's existence. David was the Founder and first Chair of the Kentucky Bar Association Section on Construction and Public Contract Law. In March 2012, The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) named a new college scholarship after Mr. Ratterman called the "David B. Ratterman Fast Start AISC Scholarship Program." The scholarship provides special consideration to the college age children of the steel industry's blue and white-collar families. On June 15, 2012, David received the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the UK Alumni Association which recognizes those who have provided extraordinary service to the university and the association. He is President of the UK Alumni Association and a former Treasurer (2013-14).
A prolific author and speaker on a wide variety of construction law topics, David has presented or published in excess of 50 research papers, technical papers and articles. He has participated in or moderated numerous panel discussions on construction law topics at a wide variety of domestic and international academic symposia.