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David Coale

Recognized as one of the top appellate lawyers in Texas, David Coale approaches law in a practical way with a respect for tradition. His diverse experience ranges from helping to win the largest verdict in Dallas County history, to defending a payphone operator before a Tarrant County Justice of the Peace. He’s also the only known Texas appellate lawyer who has been fictionalized in a romance-novel series as the lawyer for an outlaw motorcycle gang.

A frequent commentator on legal issues, David publishes, a popular blog about commercial disputes before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit,, a similar blog about the Dallas Court of Appeals, and, which focuses on the Supreme Court of Texas.

  • Obtained affirmance of a defense judgment in a multi-million dollar claim about the processing of electronic payments under a federal benefits program. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Xerox State & Local Solutions, Inc., No. 05-18-01421-CV (Tex. App.—Dallas Nov. 12, 2020, pet. filed) (mem. op.)
  • Successfully defended the denial of a TCPA motion to dismiss in a high-profile business defamation case. Marble Ridge Capital LP v. Neiman Marcus Group, Inc., 611 S.W.3d 113 (Tex. App.--Dallas 2020, pet. filed).
  • Obtained affirmance of a take-nothing judgment in a multi-million dollar dispute about the development of an “energy tea” product line. Jacked Up, LLC v. Sara Lee Corp., 807 Fed. Appx. 344 (5th Cir. 2020).
  • Successfully argued for the dismissal, on personal jurisdiction grounds, of a bellwether case asserting federal securities claims in state court. Venator Materials PLC v. Macomb County Employees’ Retirement System, No. 05-19-01177-CV, 2020 WL 289296 (Tex. App.—Dallas Jan. 21, 2020, no pet.)
  • Obtained reversal of a “bet the business” case for a short-line railroad in the Texas Panhandle. BNSF Railway v. Panhandle Northern R.R., 946 F.3d 705 (5th Cir. 2020)
  • Obtained substantial affirmance of a multi-million dollar judgment in an oil-and-gas case, Stephens v. Three Finger Black Shale P’ship, 580 S.W.3d 687 (Tex. App.—Eastland 2018, pet. denied).
  • Obtained affirmance of a $3.5 million judgment in favor of a Saudi prince. Al-Saud v. YouToo Media, 754 Fed. Appx. 246 (5th Cir. 2018)
  • Obtained reversal of a summary judgment in a major tire-failure case. Medina v. Michelin, No. 05-16-00794-CV (Tex. App.—Dallas Jan. 29, 2018, no pet.); recognized as “Appellate Lawyer of the Week“ by Texas Lawyer for this win
  • Appellate counsel for the team that won a $135 million judgment in Mesa Petroleum Partners v. Baytech LLP et al., (Reeves County, Dec. 8, 2017)
  • Appellate counsel for Energy Transfer Partners in its $550 million dispute with Enterprise Products Partners.
  • Named “Lawyer of the Year” in DFW appellate law by Best Lawyers, 2021
  • Awarded “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation, 2021
  • Received the “Legal Innovator” award by Texas Lawyer, 2020
  • Senior Fellow, Litigation Council of America, 2020
  • Named “Best Lawyers in America” (appellate and commercial litigation) by Best Lawyers, 2012-2021
  • Selected as “Texas Super Lawyer,” by Super Lawyers, 2003-2020 (Top 100 in DFW, 2014-2019 and Top 100 in Texas, 2015, 2017, 2019)
  • Recognized as “Best Lawyers” (appellate and commercial litigation) by D Magazine in 2008-2011, 2014-2020
  • Received the “Texas Trailblazers” award by Texas Lawyer, 2019
  • Profiled as a "Defender," one of 15 leading defense lawyers, by the Dallas Business Journal, 2009
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Patrick Higginbotham, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1993
    • Chief Articles Editor, Texas Law Review
    • Order of the Coif
  • Harvard University, B.A., cum laude, 1990
    • National Policy Debate Champion, 1990