(Admitted in DC and TX)
David has represented businesses, non-profit organizations, and government employees since 1996. Prior to that, he worked for six years in the Washington, D.C. government relations department of the American Chemical Society, which is the world’s largest scientific society. His final position there was Manager, Federal and State Programs. The first year after law school he had worked in Washington, D.C. for a firm on employment and constitutional law cases.
He is particularly equipped to handle complex disputes with overlapping legal and public policy issues, given his: (1) work in federal government relations in DC; (2) government relations experience from a DC base but directed at the state and local level; (3) six years of service as a local non-partisan elected official; (4) service as a chair of a county-level political party organization; and (5) frequent litigation against government entities. He has accompanied a member of Congress in testifying to a House Subcommittee and a federal employee client in testifying before the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
He served as an elected at-large member of the Waco School Board from 2005-2011, serving as President of the Board during the 2008-2009 school year. He also has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations. He is a prior president of the Waco Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and a prior president of the Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyers Association. He served for six years on the Membership Committee of the District of Columbia Bar Association. He serves on the editorial Board of Contributors for the Waco Tribune-Herald, a Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. newspaper. He served as Chair of the McLennan County Democratic Party from February 2013 through mid-June 2014.
David received a J.D. from Baylor Law School in 1989 and a B.A. from Baylor University in 1988. While in law school, he clerked in Baylor’s Office of General Counsel and Government Relations. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the State Bar of Texas. He also is admitted to practice before a number of federal appeals courts (D.C. Circuit, Federal Circuit, and Fifth Circuit), federal district courts (District of Columbia and all four Texas districts), the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the U.S. Supreme Court. His casework has been covered in the Washington Post, Dallas Morning News, Washington Times, Federal Times, San Antonio Business Journal, Energy & Environment Daily, and other publications. He has twice been published in The Federal Lawyer, the magazine of the Federal Bar Association. He contributes the D.C. Court of Appeals case summaries for the Federal Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section – Monthly Circuit Update.
He additionally is of counsel to Michael Coster, PC (a Virginia legal corporation) and the Atlanta, GA firm of Giacoma Schleicher Roberts & Daughdrill LLC.
As well, he is a co-owner and mediator for Sukoon Mediation, LLC, which provides Houston-based alternative dispute resolution services. He has had the 40-hour mediator training and is a member of the National Association for Community Mediation. He has participated as a mediator or party representative in numerous mediations since 1996. He also has served as a party representative in arbitrations. Part of Sukoon Mediation’s work is providing Level-Headed Leadership® through consulting services in the fields of business management, human resources, and organizational design.