AREAS OF PRACTICE
Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida, 1971 J.D.
University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 1966; B.S..
DAVID PAUL HORAN believes that a true Patriot must always be ready to defend his country against its government. David Paul’s innovative use of Constitutional Law and the Civil Rights Act has earned him a national and international reputation in admiralty, maritime law and environmental law.
Born to a U.S. Air Force family in Rome Georgia, he lost his father to a mid-air collision at the age of 15. Graduating with a degree in science (Marine Biology, Chemistry and Physics), he had a short work history as a Naval Aviation Cadet (NAVCAD), teacher, personnel manager and skin and scuba diving instructor. He remains an avid diver (spearfishing) and pilot, having logged over 3,500 hours of flight time.
Representing most of the modern-day salvors, he fought the seven (7) year claim for Mel Fisher/Treasure Salvors that culminated in his successful oral argument before the United States Supreme Court. His salvage cases include wrecksites of Spanish galleons the 1857 SS Central America, the RMS Titanic and World War II vessels and aircraft. His modern maritime cases include deaths, injuries, collisions and vessel claims. Mr. Horan represents Florida Recreational and Commercial Fishermen and fishing interests. Many of his most noteworthy cases are environmental law and land use.
Mr. Horan is licensed to practice in Florida State Courts, Florida Southern and Middle District courts, four (4) United States Courts of Appeal, and United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Horan’s community involvement includes serving as a Director of the Greater Key West Chamber of Commerce since 1973 (President in 1998), Member of the Key West Military Affairs Committee (Chairman in 1991), Member of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Counsel (1997/2000), Mote Marine Keys Advisory Board (2000 to Present) and numerous other Boards and Commissions. In 2001 Mr. Horan was inducted into the Key West Chamber of Commerce “Hall of Fame”, Key West’s highest community service award.
In 1979, Mr. Horan hired a great legal secretary and by 1981, she had become his best friend and in 1982, his wife. Karen Horan continues to work as his secretary. Mr. Horan is the proud father of five (5) children. His youngest, Darren, is an associate in the firm.