David Younker is a partner in the Atlanta office of Hall Booth Smith. David specializes in civil litigation matters and possesses extensive trial experience. David regularly handles various types of civil matters including medical malpractice, retail liability, business litigation, premises liability, environmental, general liability, appellate, and coverage matters.
David handles cases throughout the State of Georgia.Before moving into civil practice, David served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Griffin Judicial Circuit (Fayette, Spalding, Pike, and Upson Counties) where he successfully prosecuted hundreds of felony criminal cases, won many jury trials, and handled multiple appellate matters. David was privileged to work with victims of crimes against women and children.
David grew up in Marietta, Georgia attended high school in Powder Springs, and graduated with three degrees from the University of Georgia. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia Law School after receiving both a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and a Master's Degree in Education focused on Social Sciences. While at Georgia, David was a member of Moot Court and Mock Trial. David married his college sweetheart, Kathryn, in 2010. They welcomed a daughter in 2014 and a son in 2016.
David has extensive experience handling interlocutory and post-verdict appellate matters. David has handled over fifteen appeals in Georgia appellate courts and is admitted to both the Georgia Supreme Court and Georgia Court of Appeals. In successfully handling civil and criminal appeals, David brings both a procedural and substantive approach to handling appellate issues. David also assists other attorneys prepare for oral arguments before the Court of Appeals and focuses on tailoring successful argument strategies to the specific judicial officers to whom an appeal is assigned.
University of Georgia, 2005-Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
University of Georgia, 2006-Masters in Education in Social Science Education
University of Georgia, 2009-Juris Doctor
Bar of Georgia, 2009
Georgia Court of Appeals, 2010
Georgia Supreme Court, 2010
Speaker/Presenter (2017) - Gwinnett Medical Center - teaching doctors about the litigation process and medical malpractice cases
Speaker/Presenter (2016) – American Dental Association Annual Meeting – speaking about dental malpractice cases and presenting mock trial and examinations
Speaker/Presenter (2015) – Georgia Continuing Legal Education – presenting on criminal law for the civil attorney
Speaker (2015) – Realization of Education, Allatoona High School – speaking on the intersection of law and economics as well as the law and history
Speaker/Presenter (2014) – Insurance underwriters – speaking on statutes of limitation and repose and how it affects potential and pending claims
Speaker/Presenter (2013) – Georgia Association of Paralegals – presenting on developments in the law related to HIPAA
Speaker (2012) – Fayette County Bar Association – speaking on the Revised Georgia Evidence Code and providing legislative updates
Speaker (2011-2012) – Law Enforcement Training on Domestic Violence (various presentations) for the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office , Griffin Police Department, Peachtree City Police Department, Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, Upson County Sheriff’s Office, Zebulon Police Department – speaking on law enforcement investigations of crimes against women
Panelist (2011) – Fayette County community forum – discussing youth dating violence and other youth issues