David Bryce Barber

David Bryce Barber

Louisville, Kentucky

David Barber's practice is devoted to holding people and corporations accountable when they have violated safety rules and harmed people in the community throughout Kentucky. David's experience includes over one-hundred jury trials as a prosecutor and as a private lawyer. David has also successfully resolved thousands of cases for his clients through the pre-lawsuit or claims stage, alternative dispute resolution, mediation, and arbitration.

David's involvement in the profession has also included service in the Kentucky Bar Association (on the Board of Governors and the charitable Kentucky Bar Foundation), the American Bar Association (including chairing the Solo and Small Firm Committee of the Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section), the Kentucky Justice Association (presenting programs and writing articles for other attorneys), the Brandeis chapter of the American Inns of Court, and as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. The ABF is a global honorary society of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and to the welfare of their communities. Membership in the Fellows is limited to 1/3 of one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Members are nominated by their peers and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation.

David has published over forty articles in state and national legal publications on topics including attorney ethics, public service, and representing people harmed by violation of safety rules. In addition to speaking to lawyer groups, David has been invited to speak to community groups and other professional groups such as the Independent Insurance Agents of Kentucky.

In the community, David has helped to found charitable groups such as the Gravy Cup, benefitting Boys and Girls Haven, and coached many baseball teams which have produced over fifty players who have or now play at the college level.

Areas of Practice

  • 35% Motor vehicle wrecks that result from violation of safety rules
  • 15% Nursing home neglect and abuse resulting from violation of patient safety rules
  • 10% Negligent hiring, supervision, and training that results in injury or death
  • 10% Violations of rules for maintaining a business or property that result in injury
  • 10% Injuries or death resulting from violating safety rules related to alcohol sales
  • 10% Employment discrimination or termination for reporting safety violations
  • 10% Injuries or death that result from unsafe products or equipment

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, pro hac vice


  • University of Louisville School of Law, Louisville, Kentucky
    • J.D. - 1994
  • University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
    • B.A.
  • University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois
    • M.A. - 1993
    • Major: Speech Communication

Published Works

  • Litigation News, Editor, Litigation Section of the ABA
  • Screening Medical Negligence Cases, The Advocate, 44:4, 2016
  • Professional Service as an Antidote for Malpractice Claims, The Brief, 34:1, 2013


  • What people don't know about their auto insurance, Independent Insurance Agents of Kentucky, 2017
  • Screening Medical Negligence Cases, Kentucky Justice Association, 2016
  • Preparing an expert for cross-examination, Kentucky Justice Association, 2010
  • One Child, One Lawyer, Nebraska State Bar, 2004

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, 2009 - Present
  • Louis D. Brandeis American Inn of Court, 2006 - 2009
  • Distinguished Service Award, Kentucky Bar Association, 2005
  • Law Related Education Award of Achievement, Kentucky Supreme Ct., 2002
  • Pro Bono Award, Kentucky Bar Association, 1998 - 2002

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Kentucky Justice Association, Member, 1994 - Present
  • American Association for Justice, Member, 1994 - Present
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Member, 1994 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Solo and Small Firm Committee of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Chair

Past Employment Positions

  • Mussler & Associates, Attorney, 2006 - 2011
  • Celebrezze & Associates, Attorney, 1997 - 2006

Pro Bono Activities

  • Director, Gravy Train LLC, 2013 - Present


  • English (Primary)