David J. Glatthorn, P.A.

David J. Glatthorn, P.A.

Firm Overview

We are dedicated to obtaining maximum compensation for personal injury victims, consistent with ethical guidelines.

I have practiced in the field of personal injury since 1980 in Palm Beach County. In 1988, I started my own firm. I have been continuously certified as a civil trial specialist for over 20 years.

Example cases

I represented a man confined to a wheelchair. His case was turned down by two other law firms because of difficult liability issues. After four years of litigation, we obtained a settlement of $3.4 million and lifetime medical care.

I represented the widow of three children of a man shot dead in a convenience store. We proved the death was a result of negligent security practice and obtained a settlement of $2.3 million, the full insurance limits.

Main Office

506A Datura Street

West Palm Beach FL 33401


(561) 659-1999


(561) 659-9075


Free Initial Consultation?

Yes. The consultation can last as long as necessary.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

My fee is set by the Florida Supreme Court as a percentage of money recovered. The fee is 33 1/3% of a pre-suit settlement; generally 40% once case is filed.

Hourly Rates

I have few hourly cases but depending on case $400 to $500 an hour.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Office Manager

Joanne Doherty

Emergency After Hours


How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

One of my jobs was with the post office where I was a shop steward. I liked representing people and trying to come to fair resolutions. Out of that experience, I thought trial work would be exciting, interesting and provide opportunities to help people.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

We support and encourage clients to be completely familiar with all legal issues important to their cases. It is important for the client to have the knowledge to make the right decisions.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am always open to reviewing anything provided by my client.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

In cases involving just property damage or non-permanent injuries, we will provide assistance to help a client represent themselves. With rare exceptions, I don't believe most people with permanent injuries should represent themselves.

David J. Glatthorn

David J. Glatthorn, P.A.

• From 1980 to 1984, I was an associate at a personal injury defense firm.
• From 1984 to 1988, I was an associate at a firm that represented one insurance company and also the victims of negligence.

I was the sixth of eight children. We never lacked for anything but I know the daily struggles of working and middle class people to provide for their families. I worked a lot of jobs to put myself through undergraduate and law school. It left me with the philosophy that all honest labor should be respected and each individual has rights and worth as a human being.

I prepare all cases thoroughly, am comfortable in public speaking without notes, have excellent knowledge of medical issues, and 30 years' experience with the court system in Florida.

Personal interests:

I love outdoor activities such as scuba diving, hiking, kayaking, rafting (perhaps because I spend so much time inside). I am a jazz fan (swing, bebop and post bop). I am involved in promoting literacy, especially among the young.


Bar Number: 307416
Florida, 1980


Florida State University College of Law
Juris Doctorate, 1980

University of South Florida
Bachelor of Science, 1977

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