David Shroyer was born on June 2, 1955 in Middletown Ohio. He attended the Ohio State University and graduated in 1977. He attended Capital University Law School and graduated cum laude in 1980. He grew up in Troy Ohio and graduated from Troy High School in 1973.
''Assistant Franklin County Prosecutor''
He was an Assistant Franklin Prosecutor from 1980 until April 1982. In 1981 he was assigned to assist Senior Assistant Prosecutor Tom Beal to investigate and prosecute Dr. Donald Plotnick. Dr Plotnick, a podiatrist, with a past record of gun charges was indicted on arson charges relating to lighting a drug dealer on fire in the attempt to collect a drug debt. The prosecution resulted in a guilty verdict in spite of the victim developing sudden amnesia at trial. In 1982 David was hired as an Assistant United States Attorney assigned to the Southern District of Ohio.
''Assistant United States Attorney''
He served as an Assistant United States Attorney from 1982 to 1989. He prosecuted federal crimes involving drug conspiracies, organized crime, counterfeiting activity, white collar crime and political corruption. He prosecuted major drug conspiracy cases under the RICO statute that resulted in substantial prison sentences and forfeitures of property and money to the government. His political corruption prosecutions included: the city manager of Upper Arlington Ohio and associated contractors, the city law director and fire chief of Steubenville Ohio, and police narcotic detectives in Dayton Ohio. His organized crime prosecutions included a bombing over a gambling territorial dispute. As an AUSA he tried over 50 criminal prosecutions to verdict.
During his tenor as an the Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Ohio he often taught at the Attorney General's Advocacy Institute in Washington DC instructing other AUSA's on trial advocacy techniques. He also taught FBI agents on how to survive cross examination at the FBI's Quantico, Virginia training facility. He received the Attorney of the Year Award in the Southern District of Ohio in 1988.
Trial Attorney with Colley Shroyer Abraham
David joined Michael F Colley as a trial lawyer in 1989. Michael F Colley is the Past President of the American Trial Lawyers of America and ABOTA. Mr Colley also served as Chairman of the State Republican Party and long time Franklin County Chairman. The firm was renamed Colley Shroyer Abraham in 1998. As a trial lawyer David Shroyer has tried over 75 civil jury trials to verdict. He primarily limits his practice to medical negligence prosecutions. He has argued three cases before the Ohio Supreme Court involving issue of immunity and trial procedures.
He has obtained numerous medical negligence jury verdicts in excess of $1,000,000. His jury verdicts include: an $8,600,000 jury award in a medical negligence case for a woman who lost partial vision from pseudotumor cerebri; a $3,200,000 jury in a medical negligence case resulting in an award for a woman you lost part of her arm due to a blood clot; a $1,800,000 jury verdict for the wrongful death of a 32 year old mother of two who was killed in an auto accident; a $1,600,000 jury verdict for the wrongful death of a grandmother in a head on collision; a $1,800,000 jury verdict n a medical negligence case for involving the death of a young man relating to a subdural hematoma, a $2,700,000 bench verdict in a medical negligence case for a young child who suffered loss of limbs from untreated meningitis, an $828,000 jury verdict in a medical negligence case for injury to the median nerve, a $374,000 jury verdict for an arm injury due to failure to properly interpret an x ray, a $506,000 jury verdict in a medical negligence case for a 60 year old man for failure to diagnosis a bladder obstruction, a $500,000 jury verdict for a woman who suffered an injury from an intubation.
Mr Shroyer has also settled numerous substantial medical malpractice claims including a $9,700,000 settlement against Ohio State University and it's physician for negligence that caused a brain injury and persistent vegetative state of young girl who was recovering from Guillain Barre Syndrome. Other significant settlements include $2,000,000 for a patient who contracted undiagnosed Wernicke's encephalopathy, $1,200,000 legionella case against Ohio State University, $975,000 wrongful death settlement due to respiratory arrest from indiscriminate use of dilaudid by nurses, $1,200,000 in prejudgment interest against a medical malpractice insurer who failed to negotiate in good faith, $1,000,000 for a woman who suffered partial paralysis from a nerve ablation, $950,000 for the 18 month wrongful imprisonment of a teenager wrongfully accused of murdering his twin, $1,500,000 settlement against city for failing to properly respond to a 911 call resulting in the death of a 10 year old girl suffering an allergy attack, $1,200,000 settlement for loss of vision in an infant due to failure to monitor retinopathy of prematurity, $1,000,000 settlement for failure to do genetic testing of leukemia patient, $1,700,000 wrongful death due failure to diagnosis leukemia, $2,250,000 form loss of vision, $2,000,000 for wrongful death of a mother after an outpatient plastic surgery and hysterectomy, $1,000,000 for a wrongful death after breast augmentation and plastic surgery.
David Shroyer has served as an adjunct professor of law teaching trial advocacy at Capital University Law School since 1986. He has taught nearly 1000 students how to try lawsuits. His students have gone to become trial lawyers and state court judges and many have been involved important litigation in Ohio and across the United States. David regularly lectures on the subject of trial advocacy. In December 2009 he presented a seven hour legal education seminar on "Cross Examination". In 2012 he presented a four hour presentation on the "Principles of Cross Examination" to 100 lawyers at the Franklin County Courthouse. In 2013 he lectured at the Ohio State Bar Association to attorneys on the "Anatomy of a Medical Malpractice Case" From 1989 to present he has routinely demonstrated trial advocacy skill in the "Master in Trial" CLE sponsored by the American Board of Trial Advocates.
He is the author of "Mastering the Principles of Trial Advocacy". This is a 360 page book dealing with all aspects of trial advocacy.
Memberships and Legal Service
David Shroyer served as President of the Ohio Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates. He was also elected twice to serve on the board of commissions for the Columbus Bar Association. In addition Mr Shroyer belongs to the American Association for Justice, the Ohio Association for Justice and the Central Ohio Association for Justice. Appointed by Senator Brown to serve on the screening and recommendation committee for federal judicial nominees for the Northern District of Ohio. He served on the Ohio Supreme Court Rules Committee for two terms.
He is married to Judge Susan Brown, a Court of Appeals Judge in the 10th District of Ohio. They enjoy traveling the world including recent trips to Myanmar, China, Cambodia, India, Dubai and Egypt. In 2001 he and his wife traveled to China on a Capital University Judicial delegation to meet with and teach principles of American law to Chinese judicial officers in Shanghai and Beijing. In 2015, they traveled to the Hague to attend a CLE conference on the inner workings of the United Nation's War Crimes Tribunal. They have one son, Tyler, who is an attorney at the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office.
Areas of Practice
- Medical Malpractice
- Personal Injury
- Ohio, 1982
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1994
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1991
- U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1991
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1995
- Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio
- J.D. - 1980
- Honors: cum laude
- Ohio State University
- B.S. - 1977
- Troy High School
- Author, "Mastering the Principles of Trial Advocacy"
- Adjunct Professor of Law, Capital University Law School, teaching trial advocacy , 1986
- Seminar, “Cross Examination”, 2009
- Seminar, “Principles of Cross Examination” to 100 lawyers at the Franklin County Courthouse, 2012
- Lectured, Ohio State Bar Association to attorneys on the “Anatomy of a Medical Malpractice Case”, 2013
- “Master in Trial” CLE sponsored by the American Board of Trial Advocates, 1989
- Taught, Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute in Washington DC
- Taught, How to survive cross examination at FBI's Quantico, Virginia training facility
Honors and Awards
- Attorney of the Year Award in the Southern District of Ohio
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Bar Association
- Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Member, Negligence Law Subcommittee, 1989
- Franklin County Trial Lawyers Association, Member
- Ohio Chapter of American Board of trial Advocates, President
- Columbus Bar Association, Member
- American Association for Justice, Member
- Ohio Association for Justice, Member
- Central Ohio Association for Justice, Member
- The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
- Columbus Bar Association, Board of commissions
- Ohio Supreme Court Rules Committee
Past Employment Positions
- Assistant United States Attorney, Southern District of Ohio, 1982 to 1989
- Assistant Franklin Prosecutor, 1980 to 1982
- Assigned to assist Senior Assistant Prosecutor Tom Beal to investigate and prosecute Dr. Donald Plotnick, 1981