David Ayers was licensed to practice in 1983 and is admitted to all state and federal courts in Mississippi and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He has also handled cases in numerous other states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands under pro hac vice privileges.  David's experience includes commercial litigation, premises litigation, and general personal injury litigation, with an emphasis on automotive, heavy equipment, and recreational product litigation. His cases of note include Tanks v. Lockheed Martin Corp.; Shelter Insurance Co. v. Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC; and Palmer v. Volkswagen of America, Inc. (selected top 20 defense verdicts in 2001 by the National Law Journal); Clark v.  Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc.In Re Toyota Motor Corp. Unintended Acceleration Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Litigation; and Scholan v. Toyota Motor Corporation. David is a member of several professional organizations, listed below.

Honors & Recognitions

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chambers USA-America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2009-19, Litigation: General Commercial; 2019, Product Liability & Mass Torts)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers (2006-17, Personal Injury Defense: Products; Top 50 Mississippi)
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2009-20, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Jackson, Mississippi Lawyer of the Year (2016-17 and 2019, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants)
  • Who's Who Legal (Product Liability Defence, 2015-17)

Community & Professional

  • The Mississippi Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Product Liability Advisory Council
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Mississippi Automotive Manufacturers Association


Juris Doctor: University of Mississippi School of Law, 1983 (Articles Editor, Mississippi Law Journal)

Bachelor's Degree: Economics, Vanderbilt University, 1980