David C. Hanson

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David C. Hanson

Professional Profile

David Hanson is a Partner in the Medical Malpractice Defense and Appellate Practices at Weathington, LLC.

David Hanson is a Partner at Weathington, LLC and head of the firm’s appellate practice group. David has significant experience representing clients in trial and appellate courts throughout Georgia. David has served as lead appellate counsel for various hospital systems and medical care providers throughout Georgia. David has successfully defended verdicts on behalf of healthcare providers at the Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals as well as the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He is also regularly retained to challenge adverse verdicts and currently represents healthcare providers in challenges to adverse verdicts totaling over $100 million.

Representative Cases

Resurgens, P.C., v. Elliott, 301 Ga. 589 (2017). David was retained as lead counsel following an adverse Court of Appeals decision reversing a defense verdict at trial. David successfully petitioned for certiorari, presented argument to the Supreme Court, and obtained a unanimous Supreme Court opinion reversing the Court of Appeals and reinstating the trial verdict. The case involved a “surprise” witness first disclosed on the third day of trial and is currently the leading case on remedies for discovery abuses in Georgia.

OB-GYN Assocs., P.A. v. Brown, 357 Ga. App. 655 (2020). David was retained following a denial of summary judgment for an interlocutory appeal arguing that Georgia’s “gross negligence” statute for emergency medical care applied to medical care provided in a hospital obstetrical unit. In an issue of first impression, the Court of Appeals reversed the trial court and held that a shoulder dystocia case presented in a hospital obstetrical unit was governed by a gross negligence standard. Brown is a landmark decision for the defense of obstetrical negligence cases in Georgia and has significantly reduced the amount of frivolous litigation facing obstetricians.

Smith v. Crisp Reg’l Hosp., 985 F.3d 1306 (11th Cir. 2021). David represented a regional hospital system in an EMTALA case presenting an issue of first impression in the Eleventh Circuit. Following oral argument, the Eleventh Circuit joined several sister circuits in agreeing that the EMTALA “transfer rule” was not intended to create “federal malpractice remedies” and upheld the district court’s dismissal of the plaintiff’s complaint.

Prior to joining Weathington, LLC,  Mr. Hanson was an associate at Kilpatrick Townsend, where he represented numerous software and technology companies in litigation disputes. Mr. Hanson has significant experience representing clients in emergency proceedings involving trade secret misappropriation, cases involving breaches of restrictive covenants, and state and federal cases involving unfair and deceptive trade practices.

After law school, Mr. Hanson worked pro bono for one year at the Southern Environmental Law Center, representing environmental non-profit organizations in litigation arising under the Clean Water Act. While at SELC, Mr. Hanson gained significant trial and deposition experience, including managing fact witness presentations and expert witness cross-examination in a week-long bench trial.

Mr. Hanson is a skilled advocate, earning best advocate and best oralist awards at national trial advocacy and moot court competitions during law school.  Mr. Hanson was named a 2017 Rising Star as ranked by Georgia Super Lawyer Magazine. David was selected for his excellence in Business Litigation.

 

Practice Areas

  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Appellate
  • Trade Secret Disputes
  • Restrictive Covenant Disputes
  • Privacy and Data Security
  • Commercial and Business Related Litigation

Bar & court admissions

  • Georgia, 2009

Education

  • University of Alabama, J.D., 2009
  • Rhodes College, B.A., 2006
  • Georgia Bar Association, Member
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Member
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association (GDLA), Member
  • Super Lawyers®, Georgia Rising Star (2017 – 2022)
  • Best Lawyers® Best Lawyer Award – Appellate Practice (2022)
  • Best Lawyers®Best Lawyer Award – Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants (2022)
  • The Daily Report, July 7, 2020 “Georgia Senate Bill 359 Heightened Liability Protections for Georgia Health Care Providers”, Author
  • Georgia General Assembly, Speaker (Click here to watch Mr. Hanson’s testimony beginning at minute 12.)
  • National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses 37th Annual Congress, 2017,  Featured Speaker
  • ICLE, Medical Malpractice Conference, 2017, Featured Speaker