David M. Layton Senior Partner
David Layton has been with Ashcraft & Gerel since 1995. He has a thorough understanding of the medical components of asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma, having litigated these types of cases for over 28 years. Additionally, he has many years of civil litigation experience including representation of victims of tractor-trailer and large truck accidents.
Before entering private practice, Mr. Layton was an attorney with the Interstate Commerce Commission in Washington, D.C. He is known for being a compassionate advocate for each of his clients, as well as for his thorough and forward-thinking approach.
For Mr. Layton, every case serves as a critical reminder of the severity of asbestos-related illness. Mesothelioma, a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, is a devastating and invariably fatal disease. Helping sick clients make sense of our complex legal system, while pursuing the compensation they need to rebuild their lives and to obtain financial relief for their family members—these are the goals that drive Mr. Layton through some of Ashcraft & Gerel’s most difficult cases.
His casework has included clients who worked in the shipyards, steel plants, power plants, and construction trades, including dedicated Navy veterans exposed to asbestos on the job, as well as young children and family members exposed to asbestos dust that workers unknowingly carried home. Each of these innocent victims was stricken with mesothelioma many years later. In one particular instance, Mr. Layton litigated on behalf of the survivors of a woman named Marie. As a young girl, Marie had been exposed to asbestos dust carried home from the shipyard on her father’s work clothes, which led to her suffering and death many years later at the age of 48.
Mr. Layton leads each of these cases through the rigors of the legal system with great dedication and intensive preparation.
Before joining Ashcraft & Gerel, Mr. Layton served as an attorney with the Interstate Commerce Commission in Washington, D.C., where he focused on regulating large trucking companies. After gaining nearly fifteen years of litigation experience in private practice, Mr. Layton was recruited by Ashcraft & Gerel to work in the firm’s asbestos practice. Since then, he has expanded the firm’s asbestos practice by concentrating on mesothelioma cases.
Outside the Courtroom
Mr. Layton resides in the Baltimore area with his wife and their sheepdog. He enjoys golfing in his spare time.