W. David Maxwell

W. David Maxwell

Senior Associate
Washington, D.C.

Email [email protected]​hoganlovells.com

Phone +1 202 637 3218

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

A resourceful litigator, David Maxwell helps clients navigate complex commercial disputes in state and federal courts across the country, with a focus on class actions. He has particular experience with antitrust, data privacy, and false advertising claims.

David has represented clients at all stages of civil litigation. He has helped them extinguish cases early through motions to dismiss and motions to compel arbitration, briefed summary judgment and class certification motions, taken and defended numerous fact and expert witness depositions, crafted settlement strategies, led trial teams, and briefed appeals. He has defended Fortune 500 clients in a variety of industries, including health care, life sciences, and technology companies.

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. Focusing on injustices in our criminal legal system, David has represented people who were wrongfully convicted or sentenced to death, exonerees seeking compensation for civil rights abuses, and a class of indigent defendants deprived of their Sixth Amendment right to counsel. He was also a key member of a team that successfully challenged Virginia's practice of automatically and permanently housing people sentenced to death in solitary confinement, obtaining a landmark ruling that solitary confinement violates the Eighth Amendment.

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.

Awards and recognitions


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

Education and admissions


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


Court admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

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.

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