David M. Duke

Managing Partner

David has over 30 years of trial and litigation experience trying cases throughout the North Carolina state and federal courts. He focuses his practice on complex civil litigation, with special emphasis on the defense and representation of clients in trucking and transportation, product liability and business litigation. David represents numerous national clients across North Carolina. He has also successfully represented his clients at the appellate level before the North Carolina Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of North Carolina and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

David joined Young Moore after graduating from law school in 1984. He now serves as the firm’s Managing Partner and as leader of the firm’s Trucking and Transportation Practice Group. In addition, David is an active member of ALFA International, an established global network of independent law firms whose mission is to provide high quality, cost-efficient legal services wherever clients need them. He is a past member of ALFA’s board of directors and a past chair of its Transportation Practice Group. David is also active in various legal associations including the American College of Transportation Attorneys, the Propane Gas Defense Association, and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) where he is a past president of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Southeast Region (SEABOTA) and the Eastern North Carolina Chapter.

David holds an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He earned his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary and received his JD from Wake Forest University School of Law.

Education & Bar Admissions

  • J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law, 1984
  • B.A., The College of William and Mary, 1981

Admitted in

  • North Carolina, 1984
  • U.S. District Courts for North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit



Publications & Presentations

  • “What Plaintiff’s Lawyers Do Wrong in Depositions,” Deposition Skills Training, November 2011
  • “Legislative Change Allows Expert Testimony Regarding Vehicle Speed,” with Shannon Frankel, 16 The Defender, No. 1, 33-34, Summer 2007
  • Contributing Author, “Can You Protect the Investigation?” with Matthew J. Gray, Truck Accident Litigation (2nd ed., 2006)
  • “Managing Your U.S. Exposure,” Ontario Trucking Association, November 15, 2002
  • Course Planner and Program Chair, ALFA International Transportation Practice Group Seminar, “Honk If You’re Asleep,” New Orleans (2000)


  • Summary judgment in favor of volunteer first responder was affirmed by the North Carolina Court of Appeals where plaintiff was erroneously identified as fatally injured and later determined to be alive.
  • Successfully defended Canadian-based trucking company in a wrongful death action in North Carolina Federal Court prosecuted by a nationally recognized attorney. Claim involved the death of an eighteen-year-old child survived by both parents. Following dismissal of the punitive damage claim on summary judgment, case was tried to verdict based on admitted liability. Ultimate verdict was within the range suggested to jury and less than five percent of the amount requested by plaintiff in closing argument.
  • Recently obtained summary judgment in favor of tire manufacturer based on application of North Carolina statute of repose where plaintiff’s demand exceeded $53 million.  Summary judgment was affirmed by the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
  • Represented national motor carrier involved in interstate motor vehicle accident where plaintiff alleged injuries and damages exceeding $2 million. Verdict rendered in the amount of $60,000 based on admitted liability.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of golf car servicer based on lack of duty to repair gasoline powered utility vehicle. Plaintiff’s injuries involved substantial burns.

Disclaimer: The above information may not necessarily reflect the attorney’s entire record, and the outcome of any particular future matter cannot be predicated on the attorney’s or law firm’s past results.

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