David M.Monde


Atlanta + 1.404.581.8206

David Monde has over 30 years of litigation experience involving products liability; aviation law; trade secrets, product labeling and unfair competition, and restrictive covenants; franchises; complex commercial disputes; and special education matters. Areas of recent focus include dealership, commercial airline, food service and concessions management, specialty chemicals, and wireless telecommunications. David also has led teams in multidistrict litigation and has argued before the MDL panel.

Since 2008, David has tried to judgment 15 cases (14 jury, one bench), coordinated the defense of 167 Georgia products cases for Yamaha, and argued in the Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, including securing the only Georgia appellate decision to ever reverse a plaintiff's verdict in a strict liability case on assumption of risk as a matter of law. He has previously represented GE in two dozen actions involving aviation contracts, maintenance services, and product claims.

David is the lawyer of choice in issues of integrity and process in government decision-making. He successfully challenged on a pro bono basis two of the largest school systems in cases of national significance representing dozens of children with disabilities in special education litigation. David served as special prosecutor successfully bringing impeachment proceedings against a city council member of Atlanta's most affluent suburb, who was represented by former Congressman Bob Barr, who led impeachment efforts against former President Bill Clinton. The case received national coverage and was only the second time in Georgia history that an elected municipal official was removed from office by his peers.

David serves on the Special Olympics Georgia board and previously served as the Atlanta Office Administrative Partner and head of the trial practice.


  • R. J. Reynolds obtains order dismissing 1,250 "Engle progeny" lawsuits and sanctioning plaintiffs' attorneysJones Day represents defendant R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in many "Engle progeny" cases, including all the ones pending in federal court."
  • Owens Corning wins partial summary judgment in putative consumer class action over brand of roofing shinglesJones Day client Owens Corning won partial summary judgment in a putative consumer class action concerning a brand of Owens Corning roofing shingles.
  • R.J. Reynolds wins jury verdict in federal Deshaies ''Engle progeny'' lawsuitOn February 3, 2014, following six days of trial and approximately 90 minutes of deliberation, a jury in Tampa, Florida returned a verdict in favor of Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in a personal injury action finding that the smoker was not an Engle class member.
  • R.J. Reynolds wins jury verdict in Chamberlain ''Engle progeny'' trialOn November 15, 2013, following nine days of trial and less than two hours of deliberation, a jury in Fort Myers, Florida returned a verdict in favor of Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds in a personal injury action finding that the smoker was not an Engle class member.
  • R.J. Reynolds wins jury verdict in federal Fazekas ''Engle progeny'' lawsuitOn March 29, 2013, following five days of trial and approximately four hours of deliberation, a jury in Jacksonville, Florida returned a verdict in favor of R.J. Reynolds and Liggett Group LLC in a wrongful death action, assigning 100% of the fault to the smoker.
  • R.J. Reynolds wins jury verdict in latest federal "Engle progeny" lawsuitJones Day successfully represented R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in the latest "Engle progeny" lawsuit tried to verdict in Florida federal court.
  • Yamaha prevails in Georgia Supreme Court after certiorari is denied and Yamaha's reversal of adverse jury verdict standsOn April 24, 2012, the Georgia Supreme Court denied the plaintiff's petition for certiorari and let stand the Georgia Court of Appeals' unanimous decision reversing a jury verdict against Yamaha Motor Co. in a products liability suit involving the Rhino, an off road vehicle, and directing the trial court to enter judgment in Yamaha's favor.
  • R.J. Reynolds wins jury verdict in first federal "Engle progeny" lawsuitJones Day successfully represented R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in the first "Engle progeny" lawsuit tried to verdict in federal court.
  • Mesa prevails in action seeking to recover improperly retained jet aircraft enginesJones Day represented Mesa Air Group, Inc. in an action to recover seven of Mesa's jet aircraft engines that had been improperly retained by Delta Air Lines, Inc.'s engine maintenance division.
  • Jones Day develops a pro bono practice in the Eleventh Circuit Court of AppealsAtlanta partners David Monde, Rick Deane and Ken Smith, along with Pittsburgh partner Tom Jones and Columbus partner Chad Readler supervise teams of Jones Day associates in appellate case work.
  • Misdiagnosed student won $156,000 in private school tuition from Atlanta Public Schools in 2007 and graduates high school in May 2010In 2007, Jones Day successfully represented Jarron, a special education student, and now a recent high school graduate, against the Atlanta Public Schools (APS) in an appeal of an order from U.S. District Court Judge Shoob that APS pay up to $156,000 in future private school tuition, plus transportation costs, because of APS' multiple violations of federal law.
  • Yamaha successfully defends nationwide litigation of product liability cases and claims involving the Rhino side-by-side ("SxS") vehicleJones Day leads Yamaha's defense of Rhino cases and claims pending in the United States.
  • Mesa Air Group obtains Eleventh Circuit affirmance of preliminary injunction to stop contract terminationBeginning in April 2008, Jones Day represented Mesa Air Group, Inc. in a "bet-the-company" case to enjoin Delta Air Lines, Inc. from terminating a critical long-term contract under which Mesa's subsidiary Freedom Airlines, Inc. operated regional jet aircraft for Delta.
  • Atlanta Bread successfully resolves dispute with former franchisee following Georgia Supreme Court decisionJones Day represented Atlanta Bread Company International, Inc. against a claim of wrongful termination by a former franchisee who sought $20 million in damages.
  • Atlanta School District agrees to pay autistic child's tuition for Marcus InstituteThe award-winning pro bono special education project at Jones Day's Atlanta Office has earned two more wins on behalf of students.
  • BP defends against dozens of eminent domain actions involving Georgia service stations and convenience storesJones Day served as lead counsel for BP in over one dozen eminent domain matters brought by the Georgia Department of Transportation involving condemnation of fee, leasehold, easement and other real property interests held by BP impacting BP service stations and convenience stores.
  • GE obtains settlement in case brought by Honeywell to recoup Illinois sales and use taxesJones Day represented General Electric Company in an action against Honeywell to recoup Illinois sales and use taxes paid to Illinois Dept. of Revenue.
  • Hunting prevails in action involving airport access to restaurantsJones Day represented Hunting Aircraft, Inc. and Chick-fil-A, Inc. in successful action to compel airport authority to approve assignment of airport access agreement.
  • The Southern Company wins summary judgment in $1 billion ERISA stock drop class actionSummary judgment was granted to Jones Day client The Southern Company in a lawsuit that was completely dismissed because the plaintiff failed to exhaust the 401(k) plan's claim review procedure before filing suit.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • October 13, 2003
      Introduction to Georgia Restrictive Covenant Law, National Business Institute
    • October 13, 2003
      Corporate Raiding Seminar, National Business Institute
    • January 28, 2002
      Enforceability of Restrictive Covenants, Jones Day
    • January 22, 2002
      Restrictive Covenants & Trade Secrets, National Business Institute
    • January 1998
      Safeguarding Trade Secrets and Other Confidential Corporate Information, Jones Day