David E. McFarlane
David graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1976. Since then he has been a trial lawyer in Madison, emphasizing the defense of medical and other professional liability cases and commercial litigation in State courts throughout Wisconsin and in Federal court.
David is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the American Bar Association and the Defense Research Institute. He has an "AV-Preeminent" rating by Martindale-Hubbell; has been recognized as one of "The Best Lawyers in America" in the areas of Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Commercial Litigation and Mediation; is recognized as a Wisconsin "Super Lawyer" in Personal Injury Defense - Medical Malpractice; and is recognized as being among "America's Most Honored Professionals" (Top 1%) by the American Registry.
David was the original author of "On Being 18: Your Rights and Responsibilities," which continues to be published by the State Bar of Wisconsin as "What You Should Know About Wisconsin Law: Your Legal Rights and Responsibilities." He received a Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association for making an outstanding contribution to increasing public awareness of legal issues and received a Second Place National Law Day Speech Award from the American Bar Association.
David has tried well over 100 cases to verdict and has successfully defended physicians, hospitals, other health care providers and their insurers in trials involving neurosurgery, obstetrics, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, radiology, pathology, internal medicine, psychiatry and psychology, among others. He has also successfully represented lawyers in the defense of legal malpractice cases and represents businesses and municipalities involved in a wide range of commercial and employment disputes. David has represented the Sauk Prairie School District in his home town for many years and has been the lawyer-coach for the school's Mock Trial team.
David lives with his wife in Prairie du Sac near the Wisconsin River. During breaks from trial work, David enjoys spending time with his children and grandchildren, competing in AKC agility trials with his border collies, camping and listening to almost all types of music.
2018 Best Lawyers in America® Announced
Best Lawyers in America announces Bell, Moore & Richter, S.C. attorneys who have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2018 Best Lawyers in America® selection. David E. McFarlane has been named "Lawyer of the Year" in the area of Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants. Other attorneys recognized are by Best Lawyers in America for 2018 are: John M. Moore, Ward I. Richter, Ann Emmerich, Amy B.F. Tutwiler and David E. Joanis.
David McFarlane - Fellowship in the American College of Trial Attorneys
Bell, Moore & Richter is very pleased to announce that on September 16, 2016, David McFarlane was sworn in as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Attorneys at its annual meeting in Philadelphia.
2016 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
Bell, Moore & Richter, S.C. is pleased to announce their firm's Super Lawyers and Rising Stars of 2016. Super Lawyers: John Moore, Ward Richter, William Abbott, Ann Emmerich, David McFarlane, Patricia Epstein Putney, Sheila Sullivan and David Joanis. Rising Star: Laura Lyons (Read More.)
"Madison - Lawyer of the Year" Award Announced by Best Lawyers in America®
David E. McFarlane named Madison - "Lawyer of the Year" for 2017. (Read More)
2017 Edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers® Announce “Best Law Firm” Rankings
Bell, Moore & Richter is proud to announce it has once again been recognized by the U.S. News - Best Lawyers® as a 2017 "Best Law Firm" in the Madison Metropolitan area.
2017 Best Lawyers in America® Announced
Best Lawyers in America announces Bell, Moore & Richter, S.C. attorneys who have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2017 Best Lawyers in America® selection. "Lawyer of the Year" - David E. McFarlane in the area of Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants. Other attorneys recognized are: John M. Moore, Ward I. Richter, and David E. Joanis.
Bell, Moore & Richter, S.C. Celebrating 165 Years
Bell, Moore & Richter, S.C. is proud to announce that they have been providing 165 years of legal services to individuals and businesses.
Martindale-Hubbell AV rated Attorneys
Attorneys with a Martindale-Hubbell AV ® rating: John M. Moore, Ward I. Richter, William C. Williams, David E. McFarlane, Sheila M. Sullivan.