David Long joined MGC in May of 2017 to open the firm’s Knoxville, Tennessee office. His practice focuses on premises liability, personal injury/automobile and trucking defense, products liability and construction law defense. David has practiced law for over 25 years and strives to provide his clients with strategies to achieve the most successful outcome possible. David also serves on MGC’s Trucking: Rapid Response Team.

David is involved in various charities, as well as issues related to autism in both adults and children. He is the current secretary of the Knoxville Federal Bar Association. He writes legal articles and has been published in various legal publications. He is also involved in writing and presenting legal seminars to the insurance defense profession. He currently authors a column in DICTA, 3-4 times per year called “Legal Myth Breakers.” David also enjoys playing guitar and singing in local bands when time allows. He is married to Mary D. Long and has two daughters and a son.

Practice Areas

  • Construction
  • Employment
  • Litigation
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Transportation
  • Trucking


  • Harvard Law School (JD, cum laude)
  • University of Tennessee (BA, summa cum laude)

Professional Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association (Secretary)
  • Defense Research Institute (Construction & Employment Committee)
  • DICTA (Monthly Publication of the Knoxville Bar Association; Editorial Board)
  • Society of HR Managers (SHRM)
  • Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association

Bar Admissions

  • 1992 Tennessee
  • 1992 US District Court of Eastern, Middle and Western Tennessee
  • 1992 US Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit



  • Editor-in-Chief of “The Best Defense,” a labor and employment publication (2007-2008)
  • “Electronic Discovery: What You Don’t Know Will Hurt You,” The Best Defense (May 2007)
  • “Employee Free Choice Act: The Proposal to Change the National Labor Relations Act,” The Best Defense (May 2007)
  • “Liberty, Equality and the Employee Free Choice Act,” The Best Defense (May 2007)
  • “Red-Flagging the FMLA and ADA Issues in Workers’ Compensation Cases,” The Best Defense (Nov. 2007)
  • “The Family and Medical Leave Act Catches Up with Uncle Sam: Amendments Designed for Military Families Pursuant to the National Defense Act Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, Section 585,” The Best Defense (February 2008)
  • “Congress Moves to Expand the Scope of the Americans with Disabilities Act,” The Best Defense (September 2008)
  • “Editor’s Corner,” The Best Defense (2007-2008)
  • “Mythbusters: Late-Filed Exhibits,” DICTA (February 2009)
  • “Legal Mythbreakers,” a continuing column in DICTA (2009-2017).

Community Involvement

  • Harvard Alumni Association
  • Volunteer Musician for Charitable Events