About Us


Dave Place, Esq.

Dave grew up in rural Virginia, and now once again lives in his childhood hometown at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains.   After earning his Bachelor of Science degree from Longwood University, Dave married the love of his life, Jodi, and they both moved to Kentucky to attend the University of Louisville. 

 Upon earning his Juris Doctorate, Dave began his career as a medical malpractice and products liability defense attorney at O'Bryan, Brown & Toner in downtown Louisville.  During that time, Dave traversed Kentucky appearing before courts across the Commonwealth.  In 1998, Dave joined the ERISA subrogation firm Sharps & Associates (later to be known as Gibson & Sharps) and began his decades-long career practicing in the subrogation/reimbursement space.    For nearly 15 years Dave practiced in this law firm, recognized as a national leader in healthcare subrogation, as a "Litigation Specialist."   In that role, he represented large private group health insurance plans, self-funded ERISA groups, Medicare Advantage plans, state Medicaid plans, Stop-Loss plans and disability plans in all fifty states.  

After becoming increasingly unhappy with the manner in which ERISA plans, and their recovery vendors,  treated their members when asserting subrogation or reimbursement rights, Dave decided to switch  sides.   Dave founded The Place Firm with one passionate belief:  The injury victim is more in need of the settlement funds created by their trial attorney than any other party. 

While exclusively serving injury victims and the plaintiff's bar, Dave has saved his clients millions by reducing or eliminating the repayment demands asserted by ERISA, FEHBA, Medicare and private insurance plans across the country.

When not passionately advocating on behalf of his clients, Dave spends his time with his amazing and beautiful wife Jodi and their three fantastic children, Abigail, Jackson and Emerson. 

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Published Articles

  • “ERISA Subrogation/Reimbursement Claims"
  • “Medicare Refund – How Can My Client Get One?”
  • “Trial by Jury, Effective Application of Alternative Dispute Resolution” 
  • “New Ammunition to Eliminate or Reduce FEHBA Subrogation"
  • “Damages “Shall” Be In An Amount Double … Medicare Advantage Plans” 
  • “ERISA: Subrogation; Tips and Tactics.” 


Admitted to Practice

  • Supreme Court of Kentucky
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. Federal District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America