David R. Heffernan
For over 20 years, David R. Heffernan, has been an advocate for those injured due to negligence including medical malpractice, wrongful death, personal injury, automobile and trucking accidents, pharmaceutical and products liability and premises liability. He has obtained numerous seven-figure settlements and verdicts for his clients. Most recently, he worked with his partner Mark Kaire on behalf of a young man who was shot during a robbery at a fast food restaurant. One of the bullets severed the young man’s spinal cord. Together, they obtained a high seven figure settlement which will ensure their clients’ medical and financial needs are met.
Before beginning his career as an attorney, David R. Heffernan was a starting offensive tackle for the University of Miami Hurricanes 1983 National Championship Team. Shortly thereafter he was drafted to the NFL and played for various teams over four year period. He then returned to his alma matter, the University of Miami, to attend law school where he graduated with honors. He is a member or the Iron Arrow Society, the highest honor obtained at the University of Miami. His ties with the University remain strong where he is an adjunct professor in the trial program at the University of Miami, School of Law. In the early part of his legal career he was also a football analyst and talk show host for WIOD, 610AM and WQAM, 560AM. He was also a color commentator for the Hurricane football games on Fox Sport Net. The drive, passion and desire to win which helped him excel in athletics also fuel his litigation practice as he recognizes his clients are often playing in the biggest game of their life.
He is actively involved with the Florida Bar and has served as a member and Board Chair for the Florida Bar Committee of Professional Ethics. He is frequently appointed by Judges to serve as a Guardian Ad Litem to protect the interest of minors involved in the litigation process. He often lectures to legal professionals as well as those in the healthcare industry including doctors and nurses on the anatomy and physiology of medical malpractice litigation.
He is also very active in the community. He is as a member in the Orange Bowl Committee; Past Member & Chairman of the Board of the South Dade YMCA as well as serving on the board of the Greater Miami YMCA. He has been actively involved and has coached numerous youth sports program and donates his time as legal counsel The Palmetto Bay Broncos Football Organization.
Reviews of Attorney David Heffernan
I am very grateful for the excellent service you and your staff provided my father. Not only did you keep everything so hassle free but you exceeded all of our expectations. The most rewarding part of this was to know that my father was in great hands, and thanks to that, he now feels no pain.
I am very grateful for the services of the Kaire & Heffernan for [their] excellent work and kindness.
- J.D., University of Miami School of Law with honors
- B.A., University of Miami
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for Middle District of Florida
Professional & Bar Association Memberships
- American Bar Association
- The Florida Justice Association
- Miami Dade Justice Association
- Miami Dade County Bar Association
- Cuban American Bar Association
Awards & Honors
- Florida Super Lawyers Personal Injury Plaintiff
- Florida Trend Legal Elite, Civil Trial Law
- AV Prominent Martindale Hubbell