David R. Helmick
David Helmick is a partner in Waldrep, Mullin & Callahan, LLC. He concentrates his practice in civil litigation across business disputes, personal injury matters, government defense, insurance and employment disputes. His experience ranges from representing plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death claims, intellectual property disputes and Title IX athletic gender equity cases, to defending elected officials and large corporations.
David is a former prosecutor and an experienced criminal law practitioner, and his practice involves matters with a criminal element such as claims against businesses for false imprisonment and wrongful prosecution. In addition to his experience before Georgia and federal courts, David has also handled matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
David joined Waldrep, Mullin & Callahan, LLC as an associate in 2012 and became a partner in 2015. In the past several years David has:
- Obtained a defense verdict as lead counsel for two law enforcement officials sued for excessive force;
- Obtained full dismissal in favor of several law enforcement clients sued over plaintiff's search and prosecution;
- Secured summary judgment for elected official in action claiming retaliation, discrimination and harassment;
- Secured recovery for murder victim’s family in federal lawsuit over victim’s life insurance policies;
- Overturned an insurance company’s denial of benefits to the family of an individual killed in a car wreck;
- Secured confidential settlement of clients’ false imprisonment claims to their satisfaction and secured multiple settlements of $200,000.00 or more for clients injured in motor vehicle collisions.
Prior to joining Waldrep, Mullin & Callahan, David was an Assistant District Attorney in the Muscogee County D.A.'s Office for eight years where he prosecuted major felonies including murders, armed robberies, and complex thefts. As a felony prosecutor he successfully prosecuted a large number of jury trials as lead counsel, argued twice successfully in the Georgia Supreme Court, and represented the prosecution in several capital appears and eleven appellate opinions.
David is married to Amy, currently an Assistant U.S. Attorney, who previously served both as a U.S. District Court law clerk and U.S. Magistrate Judge staff attorney. They have a son and a daughter. David is an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church which he has served in many different ways including as an elected vestry member, usher, and chair of the parish retreat committee. David also enjoys being a part of Columbus' excellent active community. In the past several years, he has completed several triathlons including a full Ironman, and many running races from a marathon to 5ks.
Sewanee: University of the South – (2000) – B.A., Member of Swimming & Diving Team
Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University – (2003) – J.D., CALI Awards for Excellence in Real Estate Transactions and Domestic Relations
Professional and Community Affiliations
Columbus American Inn of Court (Barrister)
Columbus Bar Association
Columbus Trial Lawyers Association
Lawyers Club of Atlanta
Georgia State Bar Attorney Wellness Committee (2019–Present)
Enrichment Services Program, Inc. (Board Member, 2019–Present)
Columbus Aquatics Commission (Board Member, 2017–Present)
Commission on Columbus, Georgia New Government and Judicial Building (2017)
Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce Inter-City Leadership Conference (2017)
Georgia Legal Food Frenzy Competition (City Co-Chair, 2016)
American Red Cross of West Central Georgia (Board Member, 2014–2016)
Northside High School Mock Trial Program (Attorney Coach, 2011–2015)
Columbus–Muscogee County Charter Review Commission (2011-2012)
Chattahoochee Bar Association (President, 2011)
Trinity Episcopal Church (Vestry Member, 2010–2012)
Georgia Supreme Court (2004)
Georgia Court of Appeals (2004)
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia (2012), U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama (2018), U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia (2018)
Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals (2016)