David Durkee is a Florida born and Miami raised litigator who has over 25 years of experience. He has successfully tried cases to verdict for both the plaintiff and the defense. He has obtained several million dollar verdicts for individual clients he represented in the past ten (10) years. In addition to obtaining successful verdicts, C. David Durkee has also been an advocate for individual rights. Through his efforts with the legislator and in the Court system, he has helped to change the law so that individuals are better protected.
Mr. Durkee began his law career in 1991 as a law clerk with Angones, Hunter, McClure, Lynch and Williams. Frank Angones, a founding member of the firm, eventually became the first Cuban American President of the Florida Bar. After graduating from law school from the University of Miami, Mr. Durkee was honored by the State of Florida for achieving the highest score on the Florida Bar exam. In 1994, he became licensed in Florida as an attorney and accepted an associate position with Angones, Hunter, et al, and later was named as a partner. After working for several years on both plaintiff and defense cases with this firm, C. David Durkee in 2001 opened his own law firm known as Roberts & Durkee.
As a founding partner with Roberts & Durkee, Mr. Durkee worked primarily on complicated civil matters for individual clients. These cases typically were in the areas of medical malpractice, personal injury, trucking accidents, first party insurance cases, Bad Faith cases, product liability cases, negligent security cases and class actions. One of the most important cases Mr. Durkee handled was known as “Chinese Drywall”. In this case, Mr. Durkee was the lead litigator who represented hundreds of individual who suffered severe damage as a result of a defective product in a Federal Multi District litigation that ended with an over 1 Billion dollar settlement. In 2017, Mr. Durkee left Roberts & Durkee to practice in Orlando with Gobel & Flakes, a boutique civil defense firm. With Gobel & Flakes, Mr. Durkee primarily defended individuals and insurance companies in serious auto accident cases. In 2019, Mr. Durkee moved back to South Florida and joined the Downs Law Group in order to join the litigation team and to primarily prosecute individual claims for injured “clean-up workers” against BP as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Mr. Durkee is a Florida Bar licensed attorney who is also certified to practice in Federal Court and, specifically, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Durkee has two children, Charlie and Natasha. His daughter Natasha has followed in his footsteps and has also become an attorney. Mr. Durkee’s hobbies include fishing, scuba diving, surfing, and camping. Mr. Durkee is also a publish author.
Mr. Durkee is a leading advocate for consumers and has been featured and quoted in several worthy news outlets, such as CNN, the New York Times, the Miami Herald, and Good Morning America.