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J.D., with honors, Baylor Law School, 1995.
B.A., Baylor University, 1991.
US Second Circuit Court of Appeals
US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
US Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
US Supreme Court
Eastern District of Texas
Northern District of Texas
Southern District of Texas
Western District of Texas
Western District of Oklahoma
David George is a partner in the appellate section of Baker · Wotring LLP. He is board certified in civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and he focuses his practice on appeals and commercial litigation. In his appellate practice, Mr. George has argued before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Tenth Circuits, as well as seven of the fourteen Texas Courts of Appeals. He recently won cases in the United States Supreme Court and Texas Supreme Court. He has tried numerous lawsuits, including breach of contract, fraud, insurance industry professional negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, insurance coverage, personal injury, and employment law cases. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Mr. George graduated with honors from Baylor Law School, where he served as Lead Articles Editor of the Baylor Law Review. Mr. George served as a law clerk to Judge Harold R. DeMoss, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Judge Joe J. Fisher of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Beaumont. Mr. George served as President of the American Civil Liberties Union of Houston and was on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas. He is currently a board member of the Gulf Region Advocacy Center. Mr. George is licensed to practice law in Texas and Maryland.
- Spector v. Norwegian Cruise Line, Ltd., 545 U.S. 119 (2005) (won reversal of dismissal for failure to state a claim in a disability case; Supreme Court held that Americans with Disabilities Act applied to foreign-flagged cruise ships while they were operating in United States waters).
- Garrett v. Borden, 283 S.W.3d 852 (Tex. 2009) (per curiam) (won reversal of dismissal in a pro bono statutory-interpretation case).
- United States v. Albert Investment Co., 585 F.3d 1386 (10th Cir. 2009) (won reversal of order denying intervention in a CERCLA case; Tenth Circuit held that non-settling potentially responsible parties in CERCLA cases had the right to intervene to object to settlements that would cut off their contribution rights).
- Lancer Ins. Co. v. Perez, 308 S.W.3d 35 (Tex. App.-San Antonio 2009, pet. filed) (Court of Appeals agreed that $5 million judgment was potentially covered under insurance policy, but remanded for fact findings).
- Elliott v. Newsom, No. 01-07-692-CV, 2009 WL 214551 (Tex. App. - Houston [1st Dist.] Jan. 29, 2009, no pet.) (mem. op.) (won reversal of summary judgment that had been granted based on deemed admissions in a contract case).
- In re Collins, 286 S.W.3d 911 (Tex. 2009) filed amicus brief on behalf of healthcare providers in a mandamus proceeding; Texas Supreme Court adopted clients' position).
- In re Volkswagen of America, Inc., 545 F.3d 304 (5th Cir. 2008) (en banc) (filed amicus brief on behalf of two railroads in a venue case; en banc Fifth Circuit adopted clients' position).
- Denson v. Dallas County Credit Union, 262 S.W.3d 846 (Tex. App.-Dallas 2008, no pet.) (won partial reversal of summary-judgment in a fraud case).
- Peace v. American General Life Ins. Co., 462 F.3d 437 (5th Circ. 2006) (won reversal of summary judgment in an ERISA case; Fifth Circuit agreed there was no ERISA preemption).
- SMI Realty Mgmt. Corp. v. Underwriters at Lloyd's London, 179 S.W.3d 619 (Tex. App.-Houston [1st Dist.] 2005) (won reversal of summary judgment in insurance-coverage case).
- Be Careful What You Ask For: The Danger of Asking a Court to Enter a Judgment that You Will Appeal, 47 THE HOUSTON LAWYER 31 (September 2009) (co-authored with Theresa Young).
- Direct Appeals from Bankruptcy Courts to Circuit Courts: The Experience After Two Years, 9 JOURNAL OF APPELLATE PRACTICE AND PROCESS 219 (2008).
- Can Shipping a Master Version of Software Abroad for Copying Infringe a United States Patent?, SUPREME COURT PREVIEW ( February 2007).
- An Overview of Bankruptcy Appeals for the Appellate Practitioner, THE APPELLATE LAWYER, Volume 9, Issue 1 (Winter 2006).
- Tort Reform by Regulation: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Attempts to Preempt State-Tort Lawsuits with its Proposed Roof-Strength Regulation, 48 ADMINISTRATIVE LAW REVIEW 709 (2006) (co-authored with Rob Ammons).
- An Idea Whose Time Has (sort of) Come: BAPCPA Provides Direct Appeals from Bankruptcy Courts to Circuit Courts in Limited Situations, STATE BAR OF TEXAS BANKRUPTCY SECTION NEWSLETTER, Volume 4, No. 2 (Spring 2006).
- Finally, an Eye for an Eye: The Supreme Court Lets the Punishment Fit the Crime in Austin v. United States, 46 BAYLOR LAW REVIEW 509 (1994).
Speaker, Top Tips for Preserving Error at Trial, Houston Bar Association CLE (March 2009).
Speaker, Proper Remedies in Commercial Cases, State Bar of Texas 30th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course (December 2007).
Speaker, The Scope and Limits of Discovery, University of Houston Law Center Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course (November 2007).
Author, Direct Appeals from Bankruptcy Courts to Circuit Courts under BAPCPA, Louisiana State University 12th Annual Bankruptcy Law Seminar (October 2006).
Author/Speaker, Pre-Suit Discovery and Discovery from Third Parties, University of Houston Law Center Advanced Civil Discovery Course (March 2007, March 2006, March 2005, February 2004, October 2003, July 2003).
Author/Speaker, Corporate Representative Depositions, University of Houston Law Center Deposition Course (July 2007, October 2005).
Panelist, Silica Litigation: What's Next, When & Where, Harris Martin Conference (September 2003).
Speaker, Legal Concerns in Threatening Times, State Bar of Texas Asian-Pacific Islander Interest Section Retreat (June 2003).
Panelist, Legal Implications of Terrorism: Justice or Revenge, Garland Walker Inn of Court (February 2002).
- AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
- Recipient of Texas Civil Rights Project Pro Bono Champion Award, 2008.
- Recipient of American Jurisprudence Awards for the highest grade in Torts (1992), Civil Procedure (1992), Remedies (1993), Public Law (1993), and Legal Methods (1992), Baylor Law School.
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