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David M. Hawthorne

David Hawthorne

David M. Hawthorne is a partner at the Miami-based law firm Pathman Law, LLC. Mr. Hawthorne’s practice is 100% litigation with a special focus on construction, commercial real estate, and landlord/tenant. He also has extensive experience with insurance defense including mass tort and products liability involving pharmaceutical and Class I, II, and III medical devices. Additionally, Mr. Hawthorne has handled TCPA class actions, and  cases involving aviation, probate litigation and eminent domain defense.

Prior to joining Pathman Law, LLC, Mr. Hawthorne worked at Am Law 100 law firms for over 20 years, and he has been practicing for almost 30 years. He provides litigation representation to both plaintiffs and defendants, and has first chair trial and arbitration experience representing Fortune 500 companies, as well as sole proprietorships and individuals. He has also taught numerous seminars on landlord/tenant and construction litigation.

Mr. Hawthorne’s approach to litigation is a balance between aggressive and pragmatic, always focusing on obtaining the best result in an efficient manner. And no matter who the client, big or small, Mr. Hawthorne responds timely and makes it a priority to keep the client appropriately updated and involved.

Practice Areas

  • Construction Litigation
  • Commercial Real Estate Litigation
  • Landlord/Tenant Litigation
  • Insurance Defense Litigation including Mass Tort
  • Products Liability Defense involving Pharmaceutical and Class I, II, and III Medical Devices
  • TCPA Class Actions Litigation
  • Aviation Litigation
  • Probate Litigation
  • Eminent Domain Defense Litigation

Professional Memberships

  • The Florida Bar
  • United States District Court of the Southern District of Florida


  • FIP Commercial – Florida Commercial Landlord/Tenant, 2019
  • Sterling Educational Services – Problem Tenants
  • Sterling Educational Services – Bankruptcy Issues in Landlord – Tenant Cases
  • Sterling Educational Services – Landlord/Tenant Case law and Legislative Update, 2015
  • Sterling Educational Services – Legislative Updates Regarding Landlord/Tenant Law, 2016
  • Sterling Educational Services – What is Happening Now Regarding Landlord/Tenant law in Florida, 2017
  • Sterling Educational Services – Landlord/Tenant Law in Florida, 2012
  • Florida Construction Lien Law
  • Treasure Coast Builders Association
  • Keller Williams Realty – Florida Landlord/Tenant Law (Ft. Lauderdale office)
  • Keller Williams Realty – Florida Landlord/Tenant Law (South Miami Office)


  • Bachelor of Arts, Emory University 1988
  • University of Miami School of Law 1991