David Koehler

David F. Koehler

Phone:(501) 688.8876
Location: Little Rock
Bar Admissions: Arkansas

David Koehler defends complex tort, personal injury and products liability matters, assisting clients in all phases — in the immediate aftermath of an incident, in litigation, through trial and appeal. He represents a wide spectrum of businesses and industries, from Fortune 100 companies to privately owned businesses and individuals. David has extensive experience litigating insurance breach of contract, bad faith and coverage actions, as well as ERISA benefits matters. He represents corporate clients and business owners in commercial disputes, including contract, property and construction cases.


  • Served as trial counsel and obtained verdicts in clients’ favor in multi-day and multi-week jury and bench trials involving claims of alleged negligence, breach of contract, malicious prosecution, abuse of process and excessive force.
  • Represented multiple national insurance carriers in class action and complex declaratory judgment litigation, including suit seeking coverage of $25M oil refinery fire and class action related to insurer’s handling of med pay and PIP subrogation under the Arkansas made whole doctrine.
  • Defended and successfully resolved suits against numerous corporations, small businesses, retailers, hospitals and pharmacies alleging personal injury, negligence, breach of contract and intentional tort.
  • Represented individuals and small businesses in suits alleging professional malpractice, negligence and breach of contract, including claims against physicians, hospitals, insurance agents, and forestry consultants.
  • Defended clients, including hospitals and state officers, in defense of Freedom of Information Act litigation.
  • Served as member of work-up counsel team in multi-district litigation involving claims against manufacturer of an anticoagulant medication, including depositions of plaintiffs, case evaluation and selection.
  • Served as member of trial preparation team in consolidated proceedings involving claims against manufacturer of Class III contraceptive device, including preparation of witnesses, exhibits and pre-trial motion practice.
  • Coordinated large-scale discovery and e-discovery projects in national litigation over trademark infringement.
  • Served on defense team for multinational energy and industrial contractor in lawsuit alleging catastrophic accident, wrongful death and personal injury arising from incident at nuclear power plant.

Representative Experience

  • Hall v. Immanuel Baptist Church, Carlisle, 2020 Ark. App. 301, 602 S.W.3d 132 (2020), reh'g denied (July 15, 2020)
  • Murphy Oil Corp. v. Liberty Mut. Fire Ins. Co., 955 F.3d 1110 (8th Cir. 2020)
  • Blakely v. Arkansas Children's Hosp., 2019 Ark. App. 568, 590 S.W.3d 199 (2019)
  • Arkansas Children's Hosp. v. Blakely, 2019 Ark. App. 565 (2019)
  • Williams v. Baptist Health, 770 F. App'x 781 (8th Cir. 2019), cert. denied, 140 S. Ct. 906, 205 L. Ed. 2d 461 (2020)
  • Jackson v. Smiley Sawmill, LLC, 2019 Ark. App. 235, 576 S.W.3d 43 (2019)
  • Watkins v. Perkins, 618 F. App'x 299 (8th Cir. 2015)


  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law J.D., cum laude (2014)
  • University of Arkansas B.A., English Literature and Anthropology (2011)

Professional Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America©: "Ones to Watch" Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (2021)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyer Rising Star: Civil Litigation Defense (2017-2020)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Trial Academy (2018)
  • Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXXII (2017)


  • Vice-President, Board of Directors, Wolfe Street Foundation 
  • Board of Directors, Friends of KLRE/KUAR Public Radio
  • Board of Directors, Leaping Beyond Adaptive Sports Camps
  • Board of Directors, U of A Lambda Chi Alpha Housing Corporation
  • Past President, Catholic High School Young Alumni Board
  • Past Assistant Coach, Catholic High School Mock Trial
  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • Pulaski County Bar Association
  • William R. Overton Inn of Court
  • VOCALS (Volunteer Organization, Center for Arkansas Legal Services)