David is a principal with Manier & Herod. He graduated summa cum laude from Mississippi College in 1998. In 2001, he received his Juris Doctor from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he was a member of the Tennessee Law Review. David is a member of the Tennessee Self-Insurers’ Association, Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association, Tennessee and Nashville Bar Associations, as well as the Mid-South Workers’ Compensation Association.
Since 2003, David’s practice has exclusively involved the defense of employers and insurers in workers’ compensation claims. He has resolved hundreds of cases, influenced important legislation, tried countless contested cases, and argued appeals at the Tennessee Supreme Court and the Tennessee Court of Appeals.
David routinely conducts seminars for clients all over the southeast and has spoken at educational conferences in Tennessee and Mississippi. He also edited and contributed to the firm’s hardcover book Tennessee Workers’ Compensation, third and fourth editions.
David is also involved in his community. He’s active with the Williamson County Soccer Association, where he serves on its Board of Directors. He has coached or is currently coaching his kids’ baseball and/or soccer teams. He is also a volunteer for the National Weather Service in Nashville. In 2016, he was a recipient of the Walter J. Bennett Public Service Award given by National Weather Association.
Principal Author, Tennessee Workers’ Compensations (4th ed., 2012).
Principal Author, Tennessee Workers’ Compensations (3rd ed., 2007).
Past Speaking Engagements & Seminars:
Speaker, 2016, Basic Settlement Strategies and Other Important Things Every Adjuster Must Know About the 2013 Reform Act, Charlotte, NC
Speaker, 2015, Comparing and Contrasting the “Old” and “New” Workers’ Compensation Law in Tennessee, St. Louis, MO
Speaker, 2013 Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Educational Association Annual Conference (Biloxi, MS).
News & Upcoming Speaking Engagements:
- Sarah H. Reisner and David M. Drobny Teach "Lunch & Learn" for Brentwood Services
Sarah H. Reisner and David M. Drobny taught a “Lunch & Learn” on August 23, 2018, with an update on Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Law to claims handlers at Brentwood Services in Brentwood, Tennessee....continue reading
- David M. Drobny Secures Defense Verdict During Expedited Hearing and on Appeal Based on the “Safety” Defense
In Sevilla-Palma, Norvin v. Wauford Air Conditioning, Inc., Manier & Herod Attorney David M. Drobny secured a defense verdict at an Expedited Hearing and on appeal to the Workers Compensation Appeals Board. Following an expedited hearing, the trial ...continue reading
- David M. Drobny Obtains Defense Verdict in Rutherford County Circuit Court
Manier & Herod attorney David Drobny recently won a workers’ compensation trial in Rutherford County Circuit Court in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The case, which was heard by the Honorable Royce Taylor, involved an over-the-road truck driver who sough...continue reading
- David M. Drobny Lectures on Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Law at Southern Association of Workers’ Compensation Administrators Convention
David M. Drobny was chosen to speak at the 64th Annual Southern Association of Workers’ Compensation Administrators (SAWCA) convention, which was held in Hot Springs, Virginia, July 9-13, 2012. Mr. Drobny spoke to the attendees about the legal issues i...continue reading
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