David Acosta concentrates his practice in the defense of employment, casualty and insurance coverage cases. He defends colleges and other employers against claims of discrimination under Title VII, ADA, FCRA, retaliation, whistleblower violations, and other employment law related claims. In 2018, David was second-chair counsel in a 7-day trial involving claims of discrimination and retaliation, under Title VII and the FCRA, that resulted in a defense verdict. David also represents trucking companies and other businesses for various tort claims, and defends insurance companies against first-party and third-party coverage claims.
David is also a former Assistant Village Attorney for North Bay Village, Florida, where he advised the municipality and its public officials on local government matters (sunshine law, public records law, code of ethics, planning and zoning, civil forfeiture, etc.). David has also defended high-profile lawsuits against municipalities (e.g., employment discrimination) and police officers (e.g. excessive force, false arrest, malicious prosecution).
He served as an intern at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and with two federal judges in New Jersey – U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton and U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael A. Shipp.
The Plaintiff was terminated as the head coach for the women’s basketball team on June 20, 2017. Her lawsuit followed alleging that the College terminated her from her position as head coach because she engaged in statutorily protected expression in violation of the Florida Public Whistleblower Act. The Court disagreed. After litigating the case for close to two years, the Court entered an eight page Order on 11/5/2019 finding the Plaintiff did not engage in statutory protected expression and failed to demonstrate a causal connection between the protected activity and her termination. Therefore, the College is entitled to summary judgment as a matter of law. Plaintiff’s counsel did not appeal so the Order is final. Defense is moving to tax costs of approximately $8,000.
- Dade County Bar Association
- Hispanic National Bar Association
Rutgers University — J.D., 2012
- Rutgers Race and the Law Review, Managing Articles Editor
- Association of Latin American Law Students, President
- Phi Alpha Delta, Vice-Justice
- Student Bar Association, Class Representative
Florida International University — B.A., Accounting, 2009
- Florida — 2014
- New Jersey — 2013
- U. S. District Courts of Florida (Southern)