After 10 years in his own boutique firm, David started the Houston office of Quinn Emanuel in 2014, where he is managing partner. He has a national practice in criminal defense and also has been called on to try civil cases close to trial.
David graduated Yale College in 1982 and the University of Texas Law School in 1985 and clerked for two federal judges before starting in private practice at Vinson & Elkins. He practiced as an Assistant Federal Public Defender; then 10 years with Foreman DeGeurin Nugent & Gerger; then 10 years in his own firm before Quinn Emanuel. In that time, he has represented individuals and entities, private and public, domestic and foreign, in investigations, trials, and appeals touching on every aspect of criminal law.
Currently, David represents the BP engineer who has been charged with “homicide” in the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion in 2010. Recent victories include cases alleging price fixing, commodities manipulation, immigration crime, mortgage fraud, securities fraud, and government contracting. David is a frequent speaker on criminal law around the country and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.