David Zeitlin is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight's Nashville office. Mr. Zeitlin assists clients across a range of industries, including insurance, healthcare, hospitality and financial services. Mr. Zeitlin's practice primarily concerns assisting insurance policyholders and insurance companies in coverage disputes. His representative experience also includes the enforcement of employee restrictive covenants, trademark and trade secret disputes, and complex contract disputes.

Mr. Zeitlin also handles insurance coverage matters involving commercial property insurance builders risk insurance, commercial general liability insurance, and representations and warranties insurance (RWI). 

Previously, Mr. Zeitlin served as a law clerk to the Honorable Gloria M. Navarro of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada.

Representative Experience

  • Represented a large agricultural equipment retailer bringing insurance coverage and indemnity claims against one of its vendors, the vendor's commercial general liability insurance carrier and the carrier's third-party representative; successfully surviving dismissal of claims brought against the three defendants
  • Represented a municipal corporation bringing commercial general liability insurance and property insurance claims against two insurers, arising from several million dollars of damages sustained from a petroleum leak; successfully resolved the claims before summary judgment

  • Represented a mortgage company successfully enforcing its confidentiality and non-solicitation agreements through a temporary restraining order against former employees who left to work for a competitor
  • Represented a well-known publisher against claims that a novel that was later turned into a movie copied another person's published work and life story; successfully obtaining dismissal, which was affirmed on appeal.
  • Represented a medical device manufacturer whose competitor had filed claims against it in JAMS arbitration, federal district court and the Court of International Trade (ITC); successfully resolving all claims

  • Represented a private equity company in a dispute with a former physician-owner of a management services organization (MSO) in which the company had acquired a minority interest; successfully obtaining summary judgment that the physician was entitled to payment from a promissory note financing the purchase of the interest the company's interest in the MSO

  • Defended a former executive of a Big Four accounting firm against a motion for temporary restraining order alleging breach of his non-competition agreement and trade secret misappropriation
  • Defended a restaurant against claims that it misappropriated another restaurant’s trade-secret recipes
  • Advised a renewable energy company regarding its non-solicitation and trade-secret obligations after hiring away a competitor’s executive
  • Represented a medical device company bringing claims against a former distributor for breach of its confidentiality and non-solicitation obligations


  • The University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • University of Wisconsin, B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Tennessee
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association