Meet Columbia Injury Lawyer R. David Proffitt

Photo of Columbia injury attorney David ProffittDavid Proffitt is a trial lawyer who enjoys helping people who have been hurt by the negligent or wrongful acts of another person or company. He believes the civil justice system works as it should only when both parties – not just the one with more money – are represented by a determined, knowledgeable lawyer.

David’s practice focuses on the handling of personal injury and wrongful death cases, including those related to defective products, trucking accidents, prescription drugs, medical malpractice, automobile collisions and on-the-job injuries. David also handles other complex litigation, including class action cases and business litigation.

David grew up in the mountains of western North Carolina, where the individual values of hard work, fair play and justice are still honored and taught. David soon learned those same values are shared by his fellow residents of the Palmetto State, where he has lived in the Greenville-Spartanburg, Charleston and Columbia areas since moving to South Carolina in 1988.

In private practice, David has worked at a small law firm and in a solo practice, where he represented individual plaintiffs in a wide variety of cases, including cases involving all types of personal injury, catastrophic injury, medical malpractice, product liability and workers compensation. David has helped injured persons win multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements.

If David represents you, he will get to know you personally, give you advice that you can trust, treat you with respect, and keep you informed about the progress of your case. In short, he will treat you the way he would want to be treated if he was the client, and he will give your case his very best effort.

David also has worked at one of the premier defense law firms in South Carolina. He represented Fortune 500 companies and Columbia area businesses – including financial institutions, hospital systems and insurance companies – in class action lawsuits, complex civil litigation and appeals. David gained firsthand experience about the strategies the legal teams at these companies will attempt to use when defending against class action lawsuits, mass tort litigation and other disputes. This experience aids his work protecting the rights of individuals living in the Carolinas whose cases involve these same types of businesses.

David graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1996. Following graduation, he served as a law clerk at the South Carolina Supreme Court, where he clerked for the Honorable John H. Waller, Jr., and the Honorable E.C. Burnett, III. David also worked as a staff attorney at the Supreme Court. At the University of South Carolina School of Law, David taught legal writing, analysis and research to first-year law students.

Before attending law school, David worked several years as a newspaper reporter, writing about all types of people and events. David was a reporter for the Spartanburg Herald-Journal (SC), the Summerville Journal Scene (SC) and the Morganton News Herald (NC). David wrote about crime stories, trials, local government, hospitals and healthcare issues and environmental issues, to name only a few. As a reporter, David had the privilege of meeting people from all walks of life, and writing about the events affecting their lives on a daily basis.

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David Proffitt understands how devastating car accidents, negligent medical care, or the wrongful death of a family member can be. We understand that when an injury occurs, people are concerned about medical expenses, lost income, and compensation for their pain and suffering and what they should do to protect their interests. If you choose him as your advocate, David will answer your questions and put his experience to work immediately toward helping you obtain prompt and appropriate compensation. David Proffitt and the law firm of Proffitt & Cox, LLP strive to give all those suffering because of someone else’s negligence help when they need it most. Contact experienced South Carolina injury lawyers by calling (803) 834-7097 or toll free at (877) 276-0533 to learn how we can help.

Areas of Practice

Litigation Percentage

  • 90 Percent of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Representative Appellate Cases

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. District Court of South Carolina, 2000
  • North Carolina, 1997
  • South Carolina, 1996


University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina

J.D. cum laude, 1996
Honors: Order of the Coif, Order of the Wig & Robe and Dean’s List
Law Review: South Carolina Law Review, 1994-1996

University of North Carolina, Asheville, North Carolina

B.A., 1986
Honors: Campus newspaper Editor
Major: Communications

Published Works

  • Should I Stay or Should I Go: Deciding Whether to Appeal or File a Motion to Reconsider, South Carolina Lawyer, July 2007

Classes and Seminars

  • Legal Writing Instructor, University of South Carolina School of Law, 1998-2002

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Richland County Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., Associate Lawyer, 2006-2009
  • Supreme Court of South Carolina, Law Clerk, 2003-2006
  • Law Office of David Proffitt, Sole Practitioner, 2002-2003
  • Massey Fedor & Eaton, Associate Lawyer, 2000-2002
  • Supreme Court of South Carolina, Law Clerk, 1998-2000
  • Supreme Court of South Carolina, Staff Attorney, 1996-1998