Lawyer David Hodge learned the value of hard work on a cotton farm outside New Market, Ala., where he grew up, on a farm owned by his father and grandfather.
Hodge attended college at Samford University in Birmingham. Active on the university debate team, he discovered a talent for effective argument and decided to become a lawyer. He attended the University of Alabama School of Law where he was senior editor of the Law Review. He graduated with honors in 2000.
After clerking for U.S. District Court Judge Inge P. Johnson in the Northern District of Alabama, Hodge practiced law at a Birmingham law firm for a decade. He returned home to Madison County in 201 and joined Morris King & Hodge as a named partner.
Hodge focuses his practice on product liability cases and mass torts. He also has a thriving small business practice and has won several significant verdicts for his clients. Those courtroom victories include a $17.5 million verdict for a timber company in a case involving fraudulent representation of a faulty log skidder in 2009, and a $3.2 million verdict in DeKalb County in 2012 for a pig farmer against a livestock company that had sold him pigs suffering from pneumonia.
Hodge has obtained more than $30 million in verdicts and settlements for his clients in state and federal courts across the United States, including California, Oklahoma, Illinois, New York, Tennessee, Louisiana, Georgia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Despite his busy practice, Hodge shows his commitment to justice by giving back to the legal community. He is a frequent speaker at legal seminars and has created two litigation support groups for the American Association for Justice. One of these groups deals with lawnmower accidents. The other group supports those dealing with Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA) in building materials.
Hodge serves as co-chair of the Settlement Committee of Birmingham, which is part of Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation.
He is also a member of the Alabama State Bar Association’s Judicial Liaison Committee, and the Civil Rules Committee for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.
In 2013, SuperLawyers Magazine named Hodge one of the 50 top lawyers in Alabama, and National Trial Lawyers named him as one its Top 100.
Hodge finds motivation in every case he handles, especially those involving small businesses that must take on much larger corporations.
“I like helping people,” he says. “And I like helping small businesses.”
Practicing law is a family affair in the Hodge family. Hodge’s wife, Laura, is a prosecutor in the Northern Alabama U.S. District Attorney’s office. The couple enjoy spending as much time as possible with their two daughters and participating in activities at First United Methodist Church.