David Lail

Yarborough Applegate
291 E Bay St Fl 2
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 972-0150

David Lail’s practice focuses on helping people that have experienced a life-changing event or crisis and found themselves with a real fight on their hands – a fight that many times involves powerful and connected interests on the other side.  Regardless of who is on the other side, his approach remains the same – build the strongest case possible for trial and let the results speak for themselves.

In addition to his personal injury practice, Lail represents victims of bad faith insurance practices and landowners in condemnation actions.  Since he began practicing law in 2011, Lail has helped achieve over $104 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of injured clients, including a $35.9 million dollar jury verdict in 2014 and a $1.25 million dollar jury verdict in 2018.

Lail is a member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 and the South Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star list.  Lail is a Board Member and Chair of the Torts & Negligence Section of the South Carolina Association for Justice, a member of the American Association for Justice, and he is also licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia.  In 2016, Lail co-authored the book, South Carolina Dram Shop Litigation:  A Practice Guide, and devotes much of his practice representing victims of drunk driving.

David has learned that individuals who have been injured or harmed often feel powerless and faced with problems that seem insurmountable.  In response, he works to solve those problems and provide the counsel needed to help his clients get their lives back on track with the remedy they deserve.  David has recovered significant compensation for clients in a variety of cases including: dram shop actions, motor vehicle collisions caused by drunk drivers, bad faith insurance practices, product defects, child abuse at school, nursing home negligence and abuse, dog bites, and negligence by retail stores, hotels, homeowners, and school districts for premises injuries, among others.

David received a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Kentucky in 2001 and then moved to Charleston in 2006 after a career with a Fortune 500 company.  Next, David received an M.B.A. from The Citadel, highest honors, and a J.D., cum laude, from the Charleston School of Law where he was an Associate Articles Editor of the Charleston Law Review, a member of the Charleston School of Law Moot Court Board, and a Teaching Fellow in the Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing Department.  During his legal study, David received CALI Awards for the highest law school grade in: Torts, Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing I & II, and Pleadings & Practice.

David lives in Charleston with his wife, Lauren, and their two children, Evie and Hugh.