Yarborough Applegate Law Firm, LLC

Yarborough Applegate Law Firm, LLC

The attorneys of Yarborough Applegate have a history of obtaining quality results for their clients in complex cases involving serious injury, motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), product liability, and more.

Firm Overview

We do this because this is your life. Not just our case.

We think you have a right to live your life to the fullest potential. If something happens to get in the way of that, we're there. We are driven and determined in pursuit of a remedy for your loss. When it comes to your life, there's simply no other way we can be.

Main Office

Main Office
291 East Bay Street, Floor 2
Charleston SC 29401


(843) 972-0150


(843) 277-6691


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Office Information

Office Manager

Laura Peirano

Emergency After Hours


Languages Spoken

English, Spanish

Personal Injury

The attorneys of Yarborough Applegate have a history of obtaining quality results for their clients in complex cases involving serious injury, motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), product liability, and more.

Serious injuries. Motor vehicle accidents. Slip and fall injuries. Medical malpractice injuries. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Product liability injuries. Injuries due to the neglect of others. Any of these can change the course of your or a loved one's life forever. Our experienced team of South Carolina personal injury lawyers is on-call to fight on your behalf and secure real results.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Successful litigation of jury, non-jury, state, and federal cases.
Attorneys with knowledge in a variety of legal areas.

We've left the 'big firm' culture so that we can focus on our client relationships.
We've studied in SC & we practice in SC - we know the state and its laws.
We're responsive and always have an immediate plan of action.
We handle limited number of serious injury cases so that our resources are reserved for cases like yours.

We've recovered millions on behalf of clients.
We've been appointed to The Top Trial Lawyers in America, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum & Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers and our partners have been given the highest ethical and legal ability ratings (AV) by their peers.

Yarborough Applegate represent most clients with personal injury claims on a contingency fee basis. In these cases, we will not charge you a fee unless we successfully recover for you. If any recovery is made, the contingency fee is calculated before our expenses are deducted. If you have questions about your rights or believe you have a claim, call us. We offer free case evaluations. Evening and weekend appointments are available. Please call 843.407.0962 now, or complete our consultation form.

David Yarborough

Yarborough Applegate Law Firm, LLC

David has obtained verdicts and settlements totaling more than $100 Million for his catastrophically injured clients over the past 15 years in cases involving bad faith against insurance companies; product liability from rollovers, defective seatbelts and industrial machine injuries; toxic chemical spills by railroad companies; medical, dental and hospital malpractice; trucking and auto accidents; nursing home and daycare negligence; air and water borne bacteria exposure causing Legionnaire's Disease; dram shop negligence by bars and restaurants for violating alcohol liability laws; and negligence by retail stores, energy companies, apartment complexes, hotels, and construction contractors for jobsite, balcony collapse and premises injuries. Yarborough Applegate was recently recognized by VerdictSearch for achieving one of the top 100 verdicts in the United States in 2014 stemming from their $35.9 Million Dollar verdict against PEPCO in Montgomery Co., Maryland. His practice today focuses on representing people who have suffered catastrophic injuries or death.

Prior to founding Yarborough Applegate, David was a Partner at another Charleston-based law firm where he practiced for 9 years handling cases for both Plaintiffs and Defendants. Early in his career, David had the opportunity to work as a defense trial lawyer in cases involving products liability, construction defects, employment, and personal injury issues. He represented several companies routinely sued in the asbestos litigation and was part of a national trial team for these clients, involving him in numerous trials across the U.S. His experience of having represented both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts provides him a varied perspective in discovery strategy, negotiations, and trial.

David has received the highest available peer review rating (AV) through Martindale-Hubbell and has been rated Preeminent for Legal Ability and for Ethical Standards by his peers. Every year since 2012, David has been named by his peers as a "South Carolina Super Lawyer," placing him in a listing of the top five percent of lawyers in the state who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Additionally, David was nominated and chosen to serve on the South Carolina Bar's Judicial Qualification Committee which screens candidates for judicial vacancies. He is also a member of the South Carolina Association of Justice and the American Association for Justice, serves on the Board of Trustees for Trident Technical College's Foundation and is on the Board of Directors of TriCounty Family Ministries. David and his law firm place a large emphasis on giving back to the local community both by doing free legal work and through generous financial and service contributions to local charities each year. He and his wife Jessica have four children.


Bar Number: SC: 15515 Federal: 7
South Carolina, 1998


University of South Carolina School of Law
Juris Doctorate, 1998

William Applegate

Yarborough Applegate Law Firm, LLC

William is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law. As a law student, he received the Public Interest Law Society Grant to work in Washington, D.C., served as vice-president of the Pro Bono Board, and was a student member of the John Belton O'Neal Inn of Court. Following law school, he served as law clerk to the Honorable James R. Barber, III, of the Fifth Judicial Circuit of the State of South Carolina, before starting private practice with Motley Rice, one of the largest plaintiff's firms in the country.

William has represented individuals and companies as plaintiffs throughout South Carolina and the U.S. and has achieved significant recoveries on their behalf. He has experience in a variety of different legal areas and has litigated cases covering a broad spectrum, ranging from Federal Employer's Liability Act relating to occupational disease and catastrophic injuries; Jones Act personal injury; Oil Pollution Act cases relating to oil spills from container ships and oil refineries; products liability relating to unsafe products and unsafe drugs; toxic spills from railroad companies; consumer fraud class actions; commercial litigation, as well as securities fraud, derivative, deal, and misrepresentation cases under the Securities and Exchange Act.

While the majority of William's practice has focused on representing plaintiffs and prosecuting cases, he has been retained as settlement counsel to represent defendants in the consumer class action arena. In addition, he has represented multiple individual defendants in criminal matters.

During William's tenure at Motley Rice, he became a part of Motley Rice's Securities and Consumer Fraud practice group where he focused on litigating securities derivative and shareholder cases. He represented public pension funds and other institutional investors in litigation matters involving shareholder value, legal aspects of fiduciary responsibilities of corporate executives, and mergers and acquisitions such as deal cases. He was involved with In re Dell, Inc., Sec. Litig., No. A-06-CA726-SS (W.D. Tex.); In re Witness Systems Inc. Sec. Litig., No. 1:06-CV-1894 (N.D. Ga.); Baker v. MBNA Corp., No. 05-272 (D. Del.); and South Ferry LP #2 v. Killinger, No. C04-1599C (W.D. Wash.).

As a former small business owner, William gained firsthand experience with the issues that face small businesses and individuals in the Charleston area. William has spoken at various legal conferences regarding environmental torts and securities litigation. He is a member of the American Bar Association and Charleston County Bar Association, and serves as the Environmental Law Section Chair and on the Legislative Steering Committee for the South Carolina Association for Justice. He is fluent in Spanish and is an active participant in various local community organizations. William and his wife Lydia live in Charleston with their two young children.


Bar Number: SC: 70544 Federal:
South Carolina, 2002


University of South Carolina School of Law
Juris Doctorate, 2002

David Lail

Yarborough Applegate Law Firm, LLC

Lail's practice focuses on helping people that have experienced a life-changing event or crisis and found themselves with a real fight on their hands - a fight that many times involves powerful and connected interests on the other side. As a plaintiffs' lawyer, Lail has litigated against companies and interests such as Wal-Mart, Bankers Life, US Airways, CVS, Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO), and various other car manufacturers, insurance companies, governmental entities, and school districts. Regardless of who is on the other side, his approach remains the same - build the strongest case possible for trial and let the results speak for themselves.

For example, Yarborough, Applegate, and Lail tried a case representing a 28 year old undocumented immigrant construction worker who was electrocuted at a PEPCO facility which caused him to fall 8 feet from scaffolding and suffer a high spinal cord injury. The Maryland jury returned a $35.9 million verdict for the young man who was permanently paralyzed from the neck down. Post-trial, the verdict was reduced to $21.7 million due to Maryland's $770,000 statutory cap on non-economic damages. Hugo Hernandez Palomino v. Potomac Electric Power Company was reported as one of the Top 100 Verdicts of 2014 by the National Law Journal and is believed to be the largest jury verdict for an undocumented worker in United States history.

In 2013, Applegate and Lail tried a case representing a landowner whose commercial property was impacted by two road-widening projects in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. The Town of Mt. Pleasant initially offered their client $700 as "just compensation" for the condemned land - the offer was rejected and litigation proceeded. During discovery in the condemnation case with the Town, Lail and Applegate learned of the County of Charleston's involvement in the road projects which prompted them to file an inverse condemnation lawsuit against the County. The two cases were consolidated for trial and a Charleston jury returned a verdict totaling nearly $500,000 in favor of the landowner - a far cry from the initial $700 offer.

David has learned that individuals who have been injured or harmed often feel powerless and faced with problems that seem insurmountable. In response, he works to solve those problems and provide the counsel needed to help his clients get their lives back on track with the remedy they deserve. David has recovered significant compensation for clients in a variety of cases including: bad faith insurance practices, product defects, child abuse at school, motor vehicle collisions caused by drunk drivers, nursing home negligence and abuse, dog bites, and negligence by retail stores, hotels, homeowners, and school districts for premises injuries, among others. In addition to his personal injury practice, David handles cases for plaintiffs in business disputes in both state and federal court.

David is a member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 which recognizes, by invitation only, the nation's top Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers under 40 years of age. Also, David is a member of the American Association for Justice, the South Carolina Association for Justice and is licensed to practice law in South Carolina and the District of Columbia.

A Kentucky native, David received a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Kentucky in 2001 and then moved to Charleston in 2006 after a career in marketing with a Fortune 500 company. Next, David received an M.B.A. from The Citadel and a J.D., cum laude, from the Charleston School of Law where he was an Associate Articles Editor of the Charleston Law Review, a member of the Charleston School of Law Moot Court Board, and a Teaching Fellow in the Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing Department. During his legal study, David received CALI Awards for the highest law school grade in: Torts, Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing I & II, and Pleadings & Practice.

David lives in Charleston with his wife, Lauren, and their two young children, Evie and Hugh.


Charleston School of Law
J.D., cum laude,

Douglas Jennings

Yarborough Applegate Law Firm, LLC

Douglas grew up in the Pee Dee Region of South Carolina in the city of Bennettsville. After graduating with honors and receiving a B.A. in Political Science from Clemson University, Douglas attended law school at the Charleston School of Law.

While a law student, Douglas served as Vice-President of the Student Trial Lawyers Organization and gained a wide range of legal experiences. He worked for the First Circuit Solicitor's Office where he was able to gain valuable experience in both Family and General Sessions Court.

Prior to joining Yarborough Applegate, Douglas worked with his father at the Douglas Jennings Law Firm, LLC in Bennettsville, SC. Working in a small firm environment with his father allowed him to gain a broad range of legal experience in both criminal and civil litigation.

While at Yarborough Applegate, Douglas has helped clients achieve successful results in trucking cases, bad faith (insurance) litigation, motor vehicle accidents, products liability, wrongful death lawsuits, medical malpractice, commercial/business litigation, premises liability, DUI, and jail/prison guard misconduct cases. During this time, Douglas has litigated numerous complex civil cases which have resulted in multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements in both state and federal courts.

He enjoys being based out of Charleston but still maintains strong ties to his local community in the Pee Dee where he currently serves as co-counsel in many cases. He represents a diverse group of South Carolinians in venues throughout the state and seeks justice relentlessly on their behalf.

Prior to attending law school, Douglas worked on Capitol Hill for a short time and then with South Carolina's largest full-service marketing/advertising firm, Erwin-Penland, Inc., in Greenville. Douglas is a member of the South Carolina Association for Justice, formerly known as South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, the Charleston County Bar Association, and the James L. Petigru Inn of Court.


Charleston School of Law
Juris Doctorate,

Lydia Applegate

Yarborough Applegate Law Firm, LLC

Prior to joining Yarborough Applegate, Lydia was a shareholder in one of South Carolina's largest law firms, where her practice consisted primarily of commercial litigation, including class action litigation involving allegations of unfair pricing and unjust enrichment, commercial lease disputes and general commercial disputes involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and unfair trade practices. In addition, Lydia's practice included a significant amount of admiralty and appellate work.

Lydia is a cum laude graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennesee and the University of South Carolina School of Law. After graduating from law school, for two years, Lydia served as a law clerk for Chief Justice Jean Toal on the South Carolina Supreme Court. During her tenure as a law clerk, Lydia also worked as a legal writing instructor at the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Lydia is active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for Communities in Schools as well as on the Supreme Court's Character and Fitness Committee. Lydia is also an active member of the James L. Petigru Inn of Court and is a member of the Charleston County and South Carolina Bar Associations.


University of South Carolina School of Law
Juris Doctorate,

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