David Hoyle works to change corporate conduct through the civil justice system, representing victims of corporate wrongdoing and negligence in litigation ranging from catastrophic incidents to toxic torts and environmental contamination.
David plays a leading role in litigation involving per- and poly-fluroalkyl substances or PFAS. These man-made chemicals are “forever chemicals” which do not biodegrade and are extremely persistent in the environment. David is litigating cases involving people in the Grand Rapids, Mich., area whose private wells and drinking water are contaminated with PFAS. He also represents governmental entities litigating PFAS claims against multiple manufacturing defendants who allegedly caused widespread contamination. He is a member of the Discovery Subcommittee of the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in MDL 2873 involving aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) products which contained PFAS.
David also focuses on complex personal injury cases involving catastrophic burns, brain injury, loss of limb and paralysis, as well as wrongful death cases resulting from negligence, fires, industrial accidents and defective products. Additionally, he represents victims suffering from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases as well as Canadian provincial workers’ compensation boards bringing U.S. civil actions.
David previously represented people and businesses affected by the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. His toxic tort practice also includes representing people diagnosed with irreversible lung disease as a result of occupational exposures to toxic flavoring and other chemicals, people diagnosed with certain blood cancers as a result of occupational exposures to diesel exhaust, and people who have developed non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma as a result of exposure to glyphosate contained within the weed killer Roundup.
An AV® rated attorney in Martindale-Hubbell®, David has handled all aspects of litigation, from initial client meetings to jury trials and appellate oral arguments. He has also negotiated the resolution of numerous cases with a focus on the clients’ goals. Following the conviction of a South Carolina child predator, David litigated the claims of victims against the predator’s former employer, Pinewood Preparatory School, negotiating a resolution that includes the implementation of a new Child Protection Policy that includes the enforcement of stricter procedures and a decade of outside monitoring. David also litigated the claims of a rape victim against the owner of a self storage facility and negotiated a resolution that included the business changing its security practices.
David has presented at seminars on a diverse range of topics, such as NFL concussion litigation, the economic loss rule in environmental cases, trends in federal practice, ethical issues involving social media and asbestos disease awareness. He is the author of "Seal of Disapproval: International Implications of South Carolina's Notary Statute," 3 S.C.J.Int'l. L. & Bus. 1 (2006).
David is active in his community, having served on the Board of Directors for the Lowcountry Autism Foundation and volunteering for more than 10 years with the Lowcountry AIDS Legal Clinic. He is a former member of the Ecclesiastical Court of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, and is an appointed member of The Episcopal Church Province IV Court of Review. David helped lead efforts to establish the Elizabeth B. and Larry T. McGehee Endowed Scholarship Fund at Wofford College in 2007.
J.D. cum laude, University of South Carolina School of Law, 2005
B.A., Wofford College, 2002
American Association for Justice
South Carolina Association for Justice
- District Of Columbia
- South Carolina
Admitted to Practice Before
Georgia Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits
Georgia Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court for the Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Florida, Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, Western District of Michigan, District of Nebraska, District of South Carolina, and Western District of Wisconsin
Litigation AreasAsbestos Exposure Human Rights Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Toxic Exposure Transportation
Awards and Accolades
2012–2019 South Carolina Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list
Personal injury – general: plaintiff; Civil rights; Environmental litigation
2017 “Legal Elite of the Lowcountry”
2012 Top 100 Trial Lawyers™ – South Carolina