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Fellow Spotlight: Valerie David

The Business Law Section Diversity Fellowship Program is designed to assist a diverse and inclusive group of lawyers in becoming better leaders within our profession and the Business Law Section, while enhancing their leadership skills, as an encouragement and commitment to attract young and diverse lawyers to join, participate and ultimately serve in leadership positions of the Business Law Section. The Business Law Section will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Fellowship Program with the incoming 2024 class. Applications are being accepted until April 1st. The Inclusion/Mentorship/Fellowship Committee will be sharing Fellow Spotlights to allow the Section to get to know our outstanding current fellows on a weekly basis leading up to the application deadline.

If you know a dynamic business law attorney, encourage them to apply here.

Valerie David serves as an attorney with Morgan & Morgan, P.A.’s Business Trial Group, renowned for its commitment to representing plaintiffs “for the people” on a pure-contingency basis. In her role she assists with managing a diverse portfolio of commercial and complex business litigation cases, including cases involving legal malpractice.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received? 

The best piece of advice I have received is “to buy the ticket, take the ride.”  “To buy the ticket, take the ride,” resonates deeply with me. Embracing opportunities and exploring uncharted paths aligns with my philosophy that not doing so is a missed opportunity in life. This perspective motivates me to take risks and seize chances, ensuring a rich and fulfilling journey.

Do you have any pets?

I have one dog, Waylon (yes, as in Waylon Jennings).  He is a blue tick hound / black mouth cur mix.  Despite being the “worst behaved” dog, Waylon brings immeasurable joy to my kids, making his antics more than tolerable. Waylon’s ability to open doors, sit at the table, and share affection makes him an integral part of the family.

What has been your best experience from your time as a Fellow?

Reflecting on my experiences so far as a fellow, presenting a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) session at the Florida Bar Annual convention, that I am slated to do again this year, and my recent publication concerning ChatGPT were some of my best experiences as a fellow. Connecting with esteemed attorneys and judges, including my fellow-paired mentor Kacy Donlon, adds to the wealth of positive experiences that being a fellow offers.


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