David Langham

Sedgwick Institute visiting fellow Judge David Langham is Deputy Chief Judge of Compensation Claims for Florida.

David was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1991. He graduated with distinction from Mississippi College School of Law, and Ball State University. In 2001 he was appointed Judge of Compensation Claims in Pensacola by Governor Bush. In 2005, he was re-appointed as JCC in Pensacola, and in May 2006 Governor Bush appointed David Deputy Chief Judge of Compensation Claims. In that position he manages 30 judges, 29 mediators, and 15 clerks in 18 offices throughout Florida. Governor Crist reappointed him to that position in May 2010, and Governor Scott reappointed him in May 2014 and 2018. Before his appointment in 2001 he practiced statewide in Florida in the areas of workers compensation, employment litigation, and medical malpractice.

David has delivered in excess of one thousand professional lectures for organizations such as The National Council on Compensation Insurance, The Workers’ Compensation Research Institute, The Florida Bar, The Florida Workers’ Advocates, The Florida Insurance Summit, the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, The Florida Association of Self-Insureds, The Workers’ Compensation Institute, The American Bar Association, The Southern Association of Workers’ Compensation Administrators, The International Association of Industrial Boards and Commissions, The National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary, The American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, and the Comp Laude. He has been an instructor at the University of North Florida, University of West Florida, and Pensacola State College (formerly Pensacola Junior College), teaching torts, workers’ compensation, administrative law, business law, legal writing, and constitutional law. He has been a periodic lecturer at the Florida State University Extension Education Program and University of North Florida’s Extension Program, and has delivered guest lectures on workers’ compensation at the Florida State University Law School and Barry School of Law. David has published in such periodicals as The Florida Bar Journal, The News and Four-Forty Report, the Trial Advocate Quarterly, Florida Comp, Florida Medical Magazine, The Florida Workers’ Compensation Institute News, The National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary Lex and Verum, Florida Medical Magazine, The Professional Mediator, The Summation, Claims Litigation Management, and various local bar association publications throughout Florida. He has written analysis papers published by the National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary and the Sedgwick Institute. His thoughts are periodically documented on his blog, which has been republished by WorkCompCentral, the workers-compensation.blogspot.com, workerscompensation.com, and others. The blog has been recognized as a “best blog” four years 2016-2019.

David is a member of the Workers’ Compensation Institute (WCI) Steering Committee and the WCI Board of Advisors. He is a founding Board member of the Professional Mediation Institute (PMI) and a founding Board member of the National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary (NAWCJ). He is the only person to ever serve as Vice President of the NAWCJ. David has served as editor of the NAWCJ monthly newsletter, the Lex and Verum, and as editor of the bimonthly PMI newsletter. He is a former President of the Southern Association of Workers’ Compensation Administrators (SAWCA), and served on the Bylaws Committee of the International Association of Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC). In January 2012, David was inducted in the inaugural class to the Workers’ Compensation Institute Hall of Fame, “in appreciation for devoting his distinguished career to the betterment of the workers compensation system in the state of Florida and for providing leadership, dedication and service to advance the highest philosophy and practice of workers compensation.” He is a fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers (CWCL), and a former member of the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI). In 2017 he was presented the Magna Comp Laude award by WorkCompCentral.com. He has also served as an advisor to the American Medical Association regarding the Guides to Permanent Impairment. David has served The Florida Bar as Chair of the Judicial Administration and Evaluation Committee and Vice Chair of the Student Education and Admission to the Bar Committee. He has been active in the Jacksonville Bar, the Escambia Santa-Rosa Bar Association and the American Inns of Court. David lives in Pensacola, Florida with his wife Pamela Langham, Esq.