David L. Ayers


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 also has handled cases in numerous 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; Shelter Ins. v. Mercedes; and Palmer v. Volkswagen (selected top 20 defense verdicts in 2001 by the National Law Journal); Clark v.  Toyota; and In Re Toyota Motor Corp. Unintended Acceleration Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Litigation. David is a member of several professional organizations, listed below.

Contact Information:

Telephone number: 601.965.1981
Email: dayers@watkinseager.com
Practice Areas

Automotive Industrial Heavy Equipment and Recreational Vehicles
Product Liability
Tort and General Litigation

Bachelor's Degree: Economics, Vanderbilt University, 1980
Juris Doctor: University of Mississippi School of Law, 1983 (Articles Editor, Mississippi Law Journal)

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  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chambers USA-America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2009-2017, Litigation: General Commercial)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers® (2006-2017, Personal Injury Defense: Products; Top 50 Mississippi)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®  (2009-2018, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Jackson, Mississippi Lawyer of the Year (2016-2017 Product Liability Litigation - Defendants)
  • Who's Who Legal, Product Liability Defence, 2015-2017

Professional And Community Involvement:

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