David Dugan grew up in a working-class family, where his father was a machinist for Owens-Illinois Glass Mfg. and his mother a homemaker. He is a life-long resident of Southern Illinois having graduated from Southwestern High School in 1978. He was the first in his family to have the privilege of attending college, and graduated from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois in 1982. David went on to graduate from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1985.
He is licensed to practice law in Illinois, Missouri, and the Federal District Courts of Southern, Central, and Northern Illinois, as well as the Central District of Florida and Colorado District Courts. David is also licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court. David is a member of the Illinois Bar Association, National Board of Trial Advocacy and the Southern Illinois Federal Bar Association.
David Dugan has concentrated his practice in litigation with emphasis in the areas of insurance disputes, commercial litigation and personal injury including automobile and aircraft accidents, work accidents and injuries resulting from dangerous products.
David Dugan has earned a “AV Preeminent ”® rating on recommendation of Judges and attorneys according to Martindale-Hubble Ratings. Only a fraction of attorneys achieve that rating. An attorney is awarded such a rating only if his reputation among judges and his peers is exemplary. Additionally, that attorney must show an adherence to professional standards of conduct and ethics, reliability, diligence and other criteria relevant to the discharge of professional responsibility.
David has been a pilot since he was in High School and has been flying for over 35 years. In that time, he has acquired numerous ratings, including Flight Instructor (CFI & CFII) and Airline Transport Rating. He has as Captain in numerous turbo-prop and turbo-jet aircraft, and is type rated in all Sabreliner aircraft. He has flown as an air-ambulance pilot, corporate pilot and as a test pilot on Navy aircraft.
His experience in the cockpit has translated to a unique viewpoint when representing pilots who face FAA charges and even criminal charges arising out of aircraft operations or accidents. He currently practices before the National Transportation and Safety Board on behalf of private and professional pilots. David is a designated counsel for the AOPA.
David Dugan has been married to his wife, Susan, for 30 years. They have a daughter, Sarah, who is a graduate of the United State Air Force Academy and serving as a Captain with the United States Air Force.