David F. Sipple

Retired Partner

200 East Saint Julian Street
PO Box 9848
Savannah, GA 31412-0048

Tel 912.236.0261
Fax 912.236.4936

David Sipple is a partner in the Savannah office and practices in the areas of admiralty law and insurance law.

David is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Georgia. He is a member of the Savannah Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the State Bar of Georgia. David also belongs to the Maritime Law Association of the United States, in which he serves on the Committee on Marine Ecology and Criminal Law and the Committee on Marine Torts and Casualties; the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, in which he is a past chairman of the Institute; and the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, in which he serves on the Maritime Law Committee. David has been an associate editor of the publication American Maritime Cases since 1997.

He is the author of several articles on admiralty law published in the Mercer Law Review and was a speaker on the topic of Eleventh Circuit, Sixth Circuit, and Eighth Circuit Review at the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute’s 1995 and 2004 Continuing Legal Education seminars. David also spoke at the 2009 annual meeting of the Maritime Law Association of the United States on the topic of Legal Professionalism.

David is a past member of the board of directors of the International Seamen’s House and is a past president of the Port of Savannah Propeller Club. He is also a past president of the Hibernian Society of Savannah and a past chairman of the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute.

David graduated with a B.A. in 1966 and a master’s in Public Administration in 1969 from the University of Georgia. He received a J.D., cum laude, from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law in 1972.


Community Work

  • American Lung Association of Georgia: Board of Directors, Past Member
  • German Heritage Society
  • Hibernian Society of Savannah: Past President
  • International Seaman’s House: Board of Directors, Past Member
  • Propeller Club of the United States – Port of Savannah Chapter: Past President



Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law: J.D., cum laude, 1972
University of Georgia: M.P.A., 1969
University of Georgia: B.A., 1966


  • American Bar Association
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel: Maritime Law Committee
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States: Committee on Marine Ecology and Criminal Law, Committee on Marine Torts and Casualties
  • Savannah Bar Association
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute: Past Chairman of the Institute
  • State Bar of Georgia


Lawyer of the Year: Admiralty & Maritime Law, 2011, 2017 & 2024
The Best Lawyers in America named David Sipple the Lawyer of the Year for Savannah in the area of Admiralty & Maritime Law. Only one lawyer in each practice area and designated city is honored as the Lawyer of the Year. The award reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned from his peers for his abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

Best Lawyers in America: Admiralty & Maritime Law, 1995-2024
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Georgia Super Lawyers: 2004
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Martindale-Hubbell: AV Rated
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Licensed In




When is a Time Charterer Liable Under U.S. Law for a Longshoreman (Stevedore) Personal Injury Occurring During a Cargo Operation
Presented to the Swedish P&I Club in Gothenburg, Sweden, in May 2016.

Vessel Surge and Wash Damage Claims under U.S. Maritime Law
Lecture delivered to Skuld and Swedish P&I Clubs in Oslo, Norway and Gothenburg, Sweden in June 2012.