David represents 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, New York, 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.”
J.D., South Texas College of Law, cum laude, 2007
B.S., Tulane University, Business Administration, 2003
International and Domestic Arbitration
- Represented an international ultra-deep-water drilling rig manager in ICC arbitration, securing a no-liability award against a party seeking $19 million in alleged breach of contract and liquidated damages, as well as awarding the client all of its fees and costs.
- Represented 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 a contractor against a Kuwaiti company in $100+ million ICDR arbitration, obtaining multiple awards in client’s favor over the course of several hearings.
- Represented a government contractor in a $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 a general contractor in ICDR arbitration involving breach of contract and fraud claims arising from subcontractor assets confiscated by Iraqi government. The subcontractor sought nearly $4 million in damages. The Tribunal dismissed the subcontractor’s claims via summary disposition and awarded the general contractor its attorneys’ fees.
- Represented 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 a construction company against a Jordanian company in a $2.5 million water well dispute governed by the LCIA, securing an award within $5,000 of the client’s settlement offer.
- Represented a construction company in a AAA dispute regarding fabrication of military watchtowers in Djibouti, Africa, resulting in a settlement favorable to the client.
- Represented an industrial contractor in multiple breach of contract actions arising out of the expansion of a chemical plant in Freeport, Texas.
- Represented a refinery owner in a AAA arbitration involving a dispute over the right to access industrial dock space in Corpus Christi, Texas. Secured favorable award for client, including award of no-liability.
In Federal Court
- Represented a major construction company as plaintiff in multi-million-dollar case in the Southern District of Texas concerning transportation of fuel throughout Iraq, obtaining summary judgment for the client.
- Represented a defendant in a case involving trademark infringement and allegations of RICO act violations in the Northern District of Texas, resulting after trial in a full denial of the plaintiff’s request for relief.
- Represented a company in a case involving fraud and breach of contract claims arising out of estimates of oil reserves, resulting in a favorable summary judgment and affirmation by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Represented a company that provides corrosion protection services in a suit brought by a wholesale stocking manufacturer and distributor of gate valves and wellhead components. After summary judgment briefing, plaintiff voluntarily dismissed claims.
In State Court
- Represented a U.S. government contractor defending a case in which a subcontractor sought $23 million in damages, resulting after a jury trial in a plaintiff award of $0.
- Represented the owner of a refinery in Corpus Christi in a $50+ million construction dispute involving claims for delay, defective design, liquidated damages, and other issues, resulting in a favorable settlement for the client who, as the owner, recovered money from the general contractor and its surety.
- Represented a hospital in a landlord-tenant dispute concerning flooding, mold and other construction-related defects, resulting in a favorable result for the client and affirmation on appeal.
- Represented an owner against a general contractor and its subcontractors in a $10 million delay claim related to construction of compressor station, obtaining a settlement favorable to the client.
- Represented a pipe distributor in a $4 million dispute concerning pipe that failed during use in a salt-water disposal well, achieving a settlement favorable to the client.
- Represented an owner in drafting and negotiating purchase orders issued for constructing the world’s largest chemical complex ever built in a single phase.
- Firm News, 07.10.2019
- Firm News, 01.31.2018
- Firm News, 05.20.2015
- Firm News, 01.27.2015
- Media Mention, 05.07.2018
- Media Mention, 02.09.2018
- Texas Construction Law Blog: "Alternative Fee Structure Goes Live for American Arbitration Association"Publication, 09.06.2018
- "Don't Forget These Points When Negotiating the Arbitration Clause of Your International Construction Contract," TerraLex ConnectionsPublication, 07.07.2017
- Construction Alert: "When Is It Cool Not to Pay? Fridge Dispute at Texas Supreme Court Addresses Prior Material Breach Doctrine"Publication, 05.09.2017
- Publication, 05.05.2017
- "A Roadmap to Recovering Attorneys' Fees the Next Time You Compel Arbitration," TerraLex ConnectionsPublication, 05.01.2017
- Construction Alert: "Texas Supreme Court Opinion Impacts General Contractor's Statutory Indemnity Rights Against Manufacturers of Construction Products"Publication, 06.28.2016
- Publication, 11.16.2015
State Bar of Texas, Member
Houston Bar Association, International Law Section, Treasurer
American Bar Association, Public Law Section, Member
Houston Bar Association, Member