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J.D., cum laude, South Texas College of Law, 2007

B.S., Business Administration, Tulane University, 2003




David Salton is a partner in the litigation practice group, international arbitration, and construction sections of Porter Hedges. His practice focuses on representation of owners, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and other commercial entities in construction, government contracts, oil and gas, trademark infringement, and other commercial disputes.

David has extensive experience representing clients in international and domestic arbitrations throughout the world— including London, Singapore, Dubai, Washington DC, and Houston—under leading institutions like the International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).  On behalf of his clients, David has defeated multiple claims without a hearing or on summary disposition—an uncommon result in arbitration—and on multiple occasions has obtained an award of attorneys’ fees when representing the Respondent—another rare feat in arbitration.  He has successfully defended against challenges to party-appointed arbitrators, defeated requests for expedited interim relief and emergency relief, and defeated and prosecuted requests that a party post security to support a final award.

Clients have recently described David as “deliberate and always well prepared” and an attorney who, during trial, “was dialed in and brought it every day” and “knew the facts and the evidence more than any lawyer in the room.”

When not delivering results for his clients, David spends time with his wife and three sons, attending music concerts, watching sports, cooking, eating out, and playing golf.

Representative Experience

International and Domestic Arbitration

  • Represented international ultra-deep water drilling rig manager in ICC arbitration and secured a no-liability award against party seeking $19 million in alleged breach of contract and liquidated damages.  The Tribunal also awarded client all of its fees and costs.
  • Representation of a Thai company that manufactures and sells silicone products in an ICC arbitration involving disputes arising out of a long-term purchase and sale agreement (result pending).
  • Represented contractor against Kuwaiti company in $60 million ICDR arbitration.  Over the course of several hearings, obtained multiple awards in client’s favor.
  • Represented government contractor in $35 million ICDR arbitration involving termination-for-convenience claims and causes of action for fraud, duress, and breach of contract.  Secured final award in client’s favor, specifically awarding Claimant $0 in damages with a finding of no-liability.
  • Represented general contractor in ICDR arbitration involving breach of contract and fraud claims arising from subcontractor assets confiscated by Iraqi government.  Subcontractor sought nearly $4 million in damages.  The Tribunal dismissed subcontractor’s claims via summary disposition and awarded general contractor its attorneys’ fees.
  • Represented of a U.S. government contractor in an ICDR arbitration against its subcontractor.  Shortly before the hearing, the Tribunal dismissed most of the subcontractor’s claims, leading to a settlement of 1% of the amount in controversy.
  • Represented construction company against Jordanian company in $2.5 million water well dispute governed by the LCIA and secured an award within $5,000 of the client’s settlement offer.
  • Represented construction company in AAA dispute relating to fabrication of military watchtowers in Djibouti, Africa and received settlement favorable to client’s interests.
  • Represented industrial contractor in multiple breach of contract actions arising out of expansion of chemical plant in Freeport, Texas.
  • Represented refinery owner in AAA arbitration involving dispute over right to access industrial dock space in Corpus Christi, Texas.  Secured favorable award for client, including award of no-liability.

David Salton’s broad practice also has resulted in gaining valuable experience in state and federal court, at both the trial and appellate levels:

Federal Court

  • Represented plaintiff, a major construction company, in multi-million dollar case concerning transportation of fuel throughout Iraq in Southern District of Texas.  Obtained summary judgment for client.
  • Represented defendant in case involving trademark infringement and allegations of RICO act violations in Northern District of Texas.  After trial, plaintiff’s request for relief was denied in full.
  • Represented company in case involving fraud and breach of contract claims arising out of estimates of oil reserves.  Case was favorably resolved via summary judgment and affirmed by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Represented company that provides corrosion protection services such as QPQ nitriding, Xylan coating, and electroless nickel in suit brought by wholesale stocking manufacturer and distributor of gate valves and wellhead components.  After summary judgment briefing, plaintiff voluntarily dismissed claims.

State Court

  • Represented pipeline contractor in suit brought by Owner for damages allegedly related to defective workmanship (result pending).
  • Represented U.S. Government Contractor in a case where subcontractor sought $23 million in damages.  After a jury trial, plaintiff was awarded $0.
  • Represented owner of a refinery in Corpus Christi in a $50+ million construction dispute involving claims for delay, defective design, liquidated damages, and other issues.  Case settled on favorable terms for client who, as the owner, recovered money from general contractor and its surety.
  • Represented hospital in landlord-tenant dispute concerning flooding, mold and other construction-related defects.  Favorable result obtained for client and affirmed on appeal.
  • Represented owner against general contractor and its subcontractors in $10 million delay claim related to construction of compressor station.  Obtained settlement favorable to client’s interest.
  • Represented pipe distributor in $4 million dispute concerning pipe that failed during use in a salt-water disposal well.  Obtained settlement favorable to client’s interest.


  • Represented Owner in drafting and negotiating EPC contract for a Three (3) CTG natural gas fired Simply-cycle power generation facility.
  • Represented Owner in drafting and negotiating purchase orders issued for construction of the world’s largest chemical complex ever built in a single phase.

Professional / Civic Affiliations

  • Houston Bar Association, International Law Section, Treasurer
  • American Bar Association, Member of Public Law Section
  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • Houston Bar Association, Member