David O. Batista is a Partner in the Fort Lauderdale office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is a member of the litigation department.

David is an accomplished trial lawyer with more than 20 years of experience in complex commercial litigation, including insurance, business torts, class actions, construction, financial services, corporate, shareholder and partnership disputes, and products liability cases. He has served as lead trial counsel in high-damage federal and state jury trials and arbitrations. David is well regarded for implementing winning strategies that are both cost-effective and aligned with his client’s business interests.



  • Michigan State University College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1997
    • Harold H. & Marion T. Gordon Scholarship Award
    • Dean’s List (1995-1997)
    • Moot Court Board Member
  • Florida International University, B.B.A., Finance, 1993

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan


  • Spanish

Professional and Civic

  • Member, Leadership Broward, Class XXVI
  • Member, Emerge Broward
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Broward County Bar Association

News & Insights


  • Speaker, “Best Practices for Good Claims Handling,” Ascendant Insurance Solutions, Coral Gables, FL (October 19, 2016)
  • Speaker, “2010, An Opinion Odyssey: The Year In Title Insurance Case Law,” Florida Land Title Association Claims Avoidance Roundtable, St. Petersburg, FL (April 14, 2010)
  • Speaker, “An Approach To Title Insurance Claims,” Fidelity Financial Group, Omaha, Nebraska (July 28, 2009)
  • Speaker, “Bad Faith Preventative Measures,” Assurant Solutions, Miami, FL (June 18, 2009)
  • Speaker, “Don’t These Judges Ever Stop Writing? This Year’s Case Update,” Florida Land Title Association, Orlando, FL (April 22, 2009)


  • Co-Author, “2010 – An Opinion Odyssey: The Year in Title Insurance Case Law,” paper presented to Florida Land Title Association (April 14, 2010)
  • Co-Author, “Don’t These Judges Ever Stop Writing? This Year’s Case Update on Title Insurance, Real Property and Commercial Cases,” paper presented to Florida Land Title Association (April 22, 2009)

Industry Focus


  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2013-2018, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024
  • Listed, Fort Lauderdale Illustrated, "Top Lawyer," 2022
  • Team Member, The American Lawyer’s “Products Liability Litigation Department of the Year,” 2018
  • Team Member, S. News – Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms Edition, “Law Firm of the Year,” Real Estate – Litigation, 2017
  • Team Member, Law360 “Product Liability Practice Group of the Year,” 2011
  • Listed, Super Lawyer Magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, “Rising Star,” 2009, 2011

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