David M. Zevan
Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice Attorney
Licensed in Missouri & Illinois
Ask David M. Zevan what he finds most rewarding about his practice, and he responds:
I know I’ve made a difference. I know I’ve effected change.
Zevan goes to extraordinary lengths to fight for his clients. Paired with his legal skills, his own health battles — which have given him compassion for the difficulties his clients face — have helped him achieve multimillion-dollar results for his clients.
Zevan, who has been a lawyer for more than 20 years, received his undergraduate degree in political science and history from the University of Scranton in 1987 and his law degree from the Saint Louis University School of Law in 1991.
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After law school David joined the St. Louis City Counselor’s Office, home of the chief civil attorneys for the city. There he was responsible for defending medical malpractice cases for Regional Hospital and defending civil rights claims brought against the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
“In the city counselor’s office you were handed a file and expected to appear in court almost from day one. Handling the defense of doctors and healthcare providers also proved to be valuable on-the-job training once I decided to represent patients who have been hurt as a result of medical negligence.
Just three short years later, Zevan learned that he had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer originating in the lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell. The diagnosis forced Zevan to balance a rigorous chemotherapy schedule with the demands of an active trial practice.
I’m able to listen to what my clients are saying and understand what they are going through on a very personal level. Not every attorney can say that. As a result, I’m not only a zealous advocate but also appreciate my role as legal counselor.
With his partner, Kevin J. Davidson, he obtained a $6 million verdict for a couple whose son died as a result of medical malpractice. In another record verdict, the firm won a $3 million case against a doctor who botched a gallbladder removal, in Macoupin County, Ill.
In 2009, the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys bestowed one of its top honors — the Thomas Strong Trial Award, given annually to an attorney whose advocacy skills in difficult cases demonstrate great skill and passion for the injured — on Zevan. The award recognizes attorneys who have handle complex cases and have a reputation for professionalism, ethics and integrity.
Outside the daily practice of law, Zevan is a frequent legal seminar speaker on a variety of trial skills. A native of Endicott, N.Y., he lives in the St. Louis area with his wife and three children and owns a farm in rural Missouri where he raises cattle.