David Davis

David M. Davis is the founding shareholder at Davis & Wright, P.C. His practice is primarily in civil trial law, focusing on medical malpractice, professional liability and personal injury defense. His practice also includes representation of clients in product liability/medical device cases, insurance law, health law, and governmental liability, as well as advising clients on US-Mexico cross-border.

David is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is also double Board Certified in both Civil Trial Advocacy and Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is an Advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a Fellow of the College of the State Bar of Texas and a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. He is a member and Past Director of the DRI — Voice of the Defense Bar, an international association of defense lawyers and a member and Past President of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel (TADC). In addition, he has been rated by Martindale Hubbell as AV Preeminent, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.

Representative Experience

David has handled 57 civil jury trials to completion as either lead or co-counsel.

The following are representative civil jury cases tried to verdict:

  • Medical Malpractice Obstetrical Wrongful Death
  • Medical Malpractice Surgical Burns
  • Medical Malpractice Adolescent Coma due to Plastic Surgery
  • Medical Malpractice and Civil Rights Violation Wrongful Death
  • Medical Malpractice Wrongful Death of Pediatric Twin
  • Oil Well “Down Hole” Property Damage Case
  • Employment and Trademark Infringement Lawsuit
  • Medical Malpractice Failure to Diagnose Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Medical Malpractice Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer
  • Medical Malpractice Failure to Prevent Suicide
  • Fraud in the Inducement and Tortious Interference of Physician Contract
  • Medical Malpractice Birth Injury / Eclamptic Seizure

In addition, David has handled many cases over 35 years of his trial practice that were resolved by summary judgment, voluntary dismissal and through mediation.


  • State Bar of Texas (admitted 1978), (Sections:  Health Law and Litigation; Member, Court Rules Committee, 1995-1996; Communications Plan Work Group, 1998; Member, Personal Injury Trial Law Advisory Commission, 2000-2006)
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Western Districts of Texas
  • Board Certified (1984), Personal Injury Trial Law by Texas Board of Legal Specialization (re-certified 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2014)
  • Board Certified (1989), Civil Trial Advocacy by National Board of Trial Advocacy Certification (re-certified 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2014)
  • Board Certified (2012), Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy by The National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Associate (1998-1999); Advocate (2000-present)
  • Fellow, College of the State Bar of Texas (1985-present)
  • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation (1999-present)
  • Member, Texas Association of Defense Counsel (President, 1999-2000)
  • Member, DRI The Voice of the Defense Bar, 1985-Present, Southwest Region Director [Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas], 2006-2009; Texas State Representative, 2003-2006; Annual Meeting Steering Committee, 2005, 2006, 2007; Public Policy Committee, 2005-2006; State and Local Defense Organization Committee, 2004-2006; Membership Committee [Vice Chair, 2006-2007; Chair, 2007-2009]; Board Liaison, Construction Law Committee, 2006-2007; Board Liaison, Medical Liability and Health Care Committee, 2007-2008; Board Liaison, Government Enforcement and Corporate Compliance Committee, 2008-2009;  Chair, DRI Task Force on State Representatives, 2009-2010; Member, Task Force on Past Board Member Utilization, 2009-2010; Member, DRI 50th Anniversary Task Force, 2009-2010; Appointed, Nominating Committee, 2010; Member, Judicial Task Force, 2010-2017; Veterans Network, 2013-Current, Vice-Chair 2013-15, Chair 2015-2017, Immediate Past Chair 2017-Current;  Issues & Advocacy Committee, 2014 – Current
  • Member, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (Professional Liability; Healthcare Practice; Drug, Device and Biotechnology; Extra Contractual Liability; Products Liability) (2008-2016)
  • Member, National Foundation for Judicial Excellence
  • Member, Austin Bar Association (Civil Litigation Section and Still Loving It Lawyers Club section)
  • Member, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (Professional Liability Committee) (2009-Present)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (2007-Present)


  • University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1977)
  • University of Texas-Austin (M.A. Government, 1971)
  • University of Texas-Austin (B.A. International Studies, 1969)
  • University of Nevada-Reno (1965-1966)
  • Ben Eielson High School, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska (Diploma, 1965)


  • 2013 American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell Top Rated Lawyers in Civil Trial; Insurance Law and Health Law
  • Recipient, David H. Walter Community Excellence Award from Austin Bar Foundation (2009)
  • Recipient, DRI The Voice of the Defense Bar Lifetime Community Service Award (2009)
  • Recipient, DRI The Voice of the Defense Bar Outstanding State Representative Award (2005)
  • Recipient, Texas Association of Defense Counsel Founders' Award (2004)
  • Recipient, DRI The Voice of the Defense Bar Exceptional Performance Citation (2000)
  • Recipient, Texas Association of Defense Counsel President’s Award (1993)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
  • “Super Lawyer” in Civil Trial Law, Texas Monthly and Law & Politics Magazines (2003-2017)
  • “Super Lawyer” in Civil Litigation, National Corporate Counsel Edition of “Super Lawyer,” Law & Politics Magazine (2008-2017)
  • “Super Lawyer” in Civil Litigation, Business Edition of Law & Politics Magazine (2012-2017)
  • Phi Delta Phi (1977, Honorary Legal Society, University of Texas School of Law)
  • Phi Sigma Alpha (1969, Honorary Political Science Society, University of Texas-Austin)


  • United States Air Force ROTC, University of Texas at Austin (Outstanding Junior Cadet, Advance ROTC Scholarship recipient, and Distinguished Military Graduate); Commissioned Second Lieutenant, 1969
  • Active Duty, United States Air Force, Weapon Systems Officer, F-4 Jet Fighter (1971 - 1975); Instructor WSO, Homestead Air Force Base, Florida; two combat tours to South East Asia / Vietnam with 307th and 308th Tactical Fighter Squadrons (1972-1973), Republic of Vietnam Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Seven Air Medals for combat missions over North and South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia; 67th Wild Weasel Squadron, Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan and CCK Air Base, Taichung, Taiwan (1973-1974); (awarded Republic of China Navigator Wings for service to R.O.C.); Duty Officer, 18th Tactical Fighter Wing / 313th Air Division Command Center, Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan (1974-1975); (commendation from Strategic Air Command for assistance in recovery of KC-135 Aerial Refueling Jet)
  • Honorable Discharge as Captain (1975)
  • Member, Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association (“River Rats”)
  • Society of Wild Weasels ("SAM" Killers)
  • Member, Longhorn Airmen Alumni Association

Select Presentations/Publications

  • DRI The Voice of the Defense Bar (various)
  • “Captive Law Firms”, Texas Medicine, David M. Davis and James R. “Jay” Old, Jr. (May 2002)
  • “Analysis of Recent Attempts to Assert Medical Negligence Claims Outside Texas’ article 4590i,” The Review of Litigation, David M. Davis, Wes Cleveland, and Michael P. Young, Vol. 20, No. 3, published Summer 2001 by the University of Texas School of Law Publications
  • Texas Health Law Reporter, Butterworth Publishers (Editor-In-Chief) (1983-1994)
  • National Health Lawyer’s Association
  • American and Texas Societies of Healthcare Risk Managers
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Texas Hospital Association
  • Texas Medical Association
  • The University of Texas School of Law
  • Numerous hospitals, defense bar groups, physician groups and insurance companies

Professional and Community Activities

  • Board of Directors of the Championship Hearts Foundation, an organization committed to reducing cardiovascular disease in central Texas by promoting education, awareness and life-saving technology. The organization provides free heart testing for Texas high school students participating in athletics, band and cheerleading. Thanks to a recent grant from the state, the foundation administered a pilot program to test high school students in Houston and Dallas; Chairs the Finance and Compliance Committee; Pro bono legal service to the Foundation and its predecessor the Austin Health Foundation for over 10 years
  • Member, Central Texas Community Board of the American Diabetes Association and recently celebrated 30 years as a member of the Association; Chairman 2004 – 2007 and 2010-2011; Advocacy Chair and National Advocacy Representative for Texas 2007 - 2009. In that role, he has testified on behalf of the ADA before Texas legislative and administrative boards and has represented Texas in Washington, D.C. Chair of Advocacy for Central Texas ADA for 2012-2014, Co-chair 2014-2015
  • Volunteer, Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, representing clients in Social Security Administration appeals regarding the denial of benefits
  • Member, Rotary Club of Northwest Austin (1983 - Present, President 1995 - 1996); Selectee, Rotary District 5870 Roll of Fame, 2005; Paul Harris Fellow (7); Co-Chair, Program Committee (2001 - Present)
  • Co-Founder, Aimee Melissa Davis (1975 - 1993) Memorial Scholarship ($5,000.00 scholarship each year through the Austin Community Foundation to a graduating Austin area high school student who has Type 1 Diabetes). Scholarships have been awarded in Aimee’s memory annually 1994 to present.

Additional Personal

  • Principal, Interservice Integrator, LLC d/b/a U.S.-Mexico Consulting (a business consulting company assisting U.S. and Mexican businesses and individuals in cross-border and international relationships)
  • Married, Salee Davis; son, Christopher K. Davis (Associate Commissioner of the Insurance Fraud Unit, Texas Department of Insurance), married to Amy Jensen Davis; son, David A. Davis (COO, USMexico Consulting), married to Jennifer Jones Davis; five grandsons and one granddaughter; all proudly of Austin.
  • Interests include running (3 marathons), reading, travel, and his 1989 Toyota Land Cruiser and 2008 Ford Bullitt

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