David Hughes has obtained numerous summary judgments through appeal in favor of health care providers and he has secured several DOH licensure investigation closures, often before the probable cause stage.

David’s practice focuses on the defense of medical malpractice, hospital liability, nursing home and long-term care facilities, professional liability, and premises liability. He also handles a diverse array of personal injury claims. He has successfully defended hospitals, physicians, nursing homes, pharmaceutical companies, and individual physicians and nurses in Department of Health licensure investigations.

David has been active in professional activities, including an invited speaker for The Florida Society for Health Care Risk Management and Patient Safety (FSHRMPS). Locally, he was appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to serve for four years on the Hillsborough County Health Care Advisory Board. David was a 2016 New Leaders Council (NLC) Tampa Bay fellow and served on the board of NLC Tampa Bay from 2017 to 2019. He has served as a board member for a number of local charities, including Men of Vision. He is a graduate of the Leadership Florida Connect (Class IX) program, and a lifetime Leadership Florida member. He is also active in the Cheatwood Inn of Court.

Outside the office, David enjoys spending time with his family, travelling, cooking, watching Tampa Bay Lightning hockey, and participating in several sports, including skiing and tennis.


  • Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star (2017-2021)
  • The Best Lawyers in America® : Ones to Watch (2021-2024)

Credentials & Experience


Haverford College, B.A., 2004, Honors

University of Florida College of Law, J.D., 2011, cum laude

Bar Admissions

American Bar Association

The Florida Bar

Hillsborough County Bar Association

Professional & Civic

Community & Professional

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Leadership Florida Connect
  • Florida Society for Healthcare Risk Management
  • Hillsborough County Health Care Advisory Board
  • Leadership Florida Connect Class IX
  • Men of Vision, Inc. 


Published Decisions

  • Savelli v. Dr. Hayes
    310 So. 3d 38
    Fla 5th DCA 2021 (Final Summary Judgement for Client/Surgeon).
  • Sammon v. Target Corp.
    Slip Copy 2012 WL 3984728 8:11-CV-1258-T-30EAJ
    United States District Court, M.D. Florida. September 11, 2012
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