Dr. David K. Sarver, Esq. 

THEY BACK THE PLAINTIFFS: Med mal lawyer McDaniel and his M.D. / lawyer partner David Sarver.
  • THEY BACK THE PLAINTIFFS: Med mal lawyer McDaniel and his M.D. / lawyer partner David Sarver.

David K. Sarver practiced medicine for 29 years and now he sues people who practice medicine. One would imagine that former colleagues do not regard him fondly.

But Sarver, who practices law in Jonesboro after practicing medicine in Memphis, says he occasionally sees some of his former medical colleagues, and, “The ones that were pretty much my friends still are. They still speak, they don't seem to hold any animosity. I don't know about the others.” He adds, “Of course, I don't practice law in Tennessee.” If he did, he might find the doctors less forgiving.

Sarver, 61, said he left medicine after he found himself spending much of his time arguing with medical directors of insurance companies about whether patients should be admitted to the hospital, when they should be sent home, and what procedures should be used in treating them. “I decided that I was not going to spend hours arguing with people who knew less than I did.”

An infectious-disease specialist as a doctor, he's a medical-malpractice specialist as a lawyer — “That's all I do.” He enrolled in law school as a part-time student in 1998 while still practicing medicine, stopped practicing and became a full-time law student in 2001, got his law license in 2003. He's worked full time at the McDaniel & Wells law firm since April 2006. He said he still has his medical license and his Drug Enforcement Administration  registration, and could resume practice if he chose.

His medical knowledge is helpful in his new field, but as the attorney for the plaintiff, he can't testify too, so he has to hire expert medical witnesses just as the other lawyers do. And all plaintiff's lawyers complain of the difficulty in finding doctors to testify against other doctors. (Lawyers are eager to turn on each other.) “I can probably get an expert witness easier than other lawyers, because I talk the language,” he said.

Speaking of language, what do people call David Sarver now? Some people call him “Dr.,” some call him “Mr.,” some alternate the terms, he says. “People who know me well call me David.” On the letterhead of the McDaniel firm, he's listed as “David Sarver, M.D., J.D.”

He's aware of a few other doctors turned lawyer. James Keever of Texarkana, Texas, a former orthopedic surgeon, practices considerably on the Arkansas side of the line, Sarver said.




Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Arkansas Times Staff

  • New episode of Rock the Culture: "Juice In Your Own Life"

    In this week’s episode, Charles and Antwan provide perspective and conversation on the Little Rock Mayoral Election and State Board of Education’s consideration of the anticipated request to waive the Fair Teacher Dismissal Act. In addition, Charles and Antwan discuss all things happening in the Little Rock School District with Superintendent Michael Poore.
    • Dec 11, 2018
  • End of the week headlines and your open line

    Alderman candidate misses chance to cast deciding vote for himself in runoff election; Dem-Gaz to phase out print delivery in El Dorado, Camden and Magnolia; Rapert threatens UA Fort Smith over 'Drag Queen Story Time' event; The Van seeks to raise $35,000 in three weeks for new warehouse facility in South Little Rock.
    • Dec 7, 2018
  • New episode of Out in Arkansas: "Boy Erased"

    Out in Arkansas’s hosts Traci Berry and Angie Bowen talk about all the things because all the things are LGBTQ things. This week T & A talk about “Boy Erased” and their own emotions during and after the movie. Thank you for listening! #outinarkansas #beinggayinthesouth #dontbeadouche #beadecentperson
    • Dec 7, 2018
  • More »

Latest in Top Stories

  • Good for the soul

    The return of Say McIntosh, restaurateur
    • Jun 1, 2010
  • Robocalls are illegal

    Robocalls -- recorded messages sent to thousands of phone numbers -- are a fact of life in political campaigns. The public doesn't like them much, judging by the gripes about them, but campaign managers and politicians still believe in their utility.
    • May 31, 2010
  • Riverfest winds down

    With Cedric Burnside and Lightnin' Malcolm, Steve Miller Band, Robert Cray, Ludacris and more performing.
    • May 30, 2010
  • More »

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation