David J. Elk
David is the Senior Partner of Elk & Elk in Cleveland, Ohio. As an Ohio personal injury lawyer, he has represented thousands of medical malpractice and wrongful death victims throughout the state for nearly 50 years. Dave believes that quality legal representation allows all people to level the playing field against the big insurance companies. He has devoted his entire professional life of almost five decades to helping injured people receive the compensation they deserve.
Dave began his professional career with one of the largest and most prestigious personal injury law firms in Ohio and spent his first seven years under the wing of Ohio's best. After practicing on his own for several years, his entrepreneurial spirit got the better of him and he ventured into a practice with his brother Art, whom together built geographically one of the largest injury practices in the state of Ohio.
When Dave isn't representing the rights of injury victims, he spends his time being an active husband, father and grandfather to his wife Marilyn, three children, granddaughters Meredith, Madison and Celia, and grandson Dylan. Dave is also a lifelong Cleveland Indians fan, and frequently attends games with family and friends.
Settlements and Verdicts
$1 Million Settlement - Motor vehicle accident results in multiple fractures (October 2007)
The Defendant went left-of-center and struck Plaintiff. The Plaintiff suffered a fractured left hip and knee.
$690,000 Settlement – Motor vehicle accident results in serious injury, subsequent surgery (February 2010)
The 72-year-old Plaintiff’s vehicle was struck by the Defendant’s pick-up truck. The Plaintiff’s ankle had crushing injuries, requiring surgery.
$500,000 Settlement - Slip and fall results in broken hip, subsequent surgery (April 2011)
The Plaintiff fell on a step at a restaurant and suffered a broken hip, requiring multiple surgeries.
$300,000 Settlement – Motorcycle collision results in head injury, fractures, subsequent surgery (2007)
The Plaintiff was riding a motorcycle when the Defendant traveled left in front of him. The Plaintiff suffered a closed head injury and two broken wrists, requiring surgery.
$50,000 Settlement – Motorcycle collision results in multiple fractures (February 2009)
The Plaintiff, who was riding his motorcycle, was rear-ended by the Defendant. He sustained bruised eyes, a fractured nose, right knee injury, sprained right ankle, fractured right toe and needed 12 stitches to the forehead.
Areas of Practice
- Personal Injury
- Ohio, 1965
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1972
- Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland, Ohio
- J.D. - 1964
- Case Western Reserve University
- B.A. - 1961
Honors and Awards
- Million Dollar Advocate
- Multi-Million Dollar Advocate
- Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating - 4.9/5.0 AV/ Preeminent
- Who's Who Top 10 Members in Law
Professional Associations and Memberships
- The Ohio, Summit, Lake and Cuyahoga County Trial Lawyers Associations, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
- Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
- The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA)
- The Ohio State Bar Association
- American Association for Justice (AAJ)