W. David Maxwell | Washington, D.C. | Hogan Lovells

W. David Maxwell

Counsel Litigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Maxwell W David

W. David Maxwell
Maxwell W David
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An experienced litigator, David Maxwell helps clients navigate high-stakes disputes in courts across the country, with a focus on class actions and multidistrict litigation. He advises Fortune 500 clients in a variety of industries, including health care, life sciences, and technology companies.

David has a track record of success at all stages of civil litigation. He has served as trial counsel in both bench and jury trials. He also has deep experience briefing dispositive motions, class certification motions, and appeals. David has frequently led expert strategy, developing persuasive economics and other expert testimony. He has leveraged technology to manage discovery efficiently and has extensive experience taking and defending depositions.  And when litigating is not the best path forward, he has crafted favorable settlements. He has particular experience with antitrust, health insurance, and consumer protection disputes.

David is committed to pro bono. For nearly two years (2018-2020), he served as the firm's senior associate in charge of U.S. Pro Bono, litigating high-profile civil rights cases and managing the firm's Pro Bono practice. Recently, David won the largest jury verdict in a wrongful conviction case in U.S. history (US$75m) as co-lead trial counsel, for which he was named a “Litigator of the Week” by the American Lawyer.  He also received national recognition for his work to exonerate Curtis Flowers, who was wrongfully convicted and spent over 23 years on death row in Mississippi. He was a key member of a team that successfully challenged the use of solitary confinement on death row in Virginia, resulting in a landmark federal court decision. And he represents a class of indigent defendants in Idaho deprived of their Sixth Amendment right to counsel.        

Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, David served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Todd M. Hughes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Representative experience

Won largest jury verdict in a wrongful conviction case in U.S. history (US$75m) as co-lead trial counsel.

Defended hospital system at trial in antitrust case brought by the Federal Trade Commission to block merger with competing hospital system.

Represent health insurance companies in high-profile antitrust multidistrict litigation.

Won dismissals and motions to compel arbitration for leading technology company in multidistrict class-action litigation arising out of a cyberattack.

Defended health insurance company in multidistrict class-action litigation and regulatory investigations arising from the largest health-related cyberattack in U.S. history.

Represented individuals serving death or life sentences in postconviction proceedings and prison conditions cases in Texas, Virginia, Maryland, and Mississippi.


  • J.D., Duke University School of Law, magna cum laude, 2014
  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with highest distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, 2010
Bar admissions and qualifications
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
Court admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado


Litigator of the Week

The American Lawyer

Frederick Douglass Human Rights Award

Southern Center for Human Rights

Champions of Justice Honoree

Mississippi Center for Justice