David Merkley

Partner

David is a board certified trial lawyer with a statewide practice involving the defense of catastrophic losses. He is routinely retained to oversee the containment of evidence and investigation immediately following an event, as well as manage the litigation and try cases as lead counsel. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and was one of the youngest members of the ABOTA Houston Chapter elected to receive this distinction.

David’s concentrated areas of practice include oilfield and refinery incidents, trucking and transportation accidents, products and premises liability claims, general maritime matters, and construction-related claims. He also assists clients in drafting and revising corporate safety manuals, training materials, employee handbooks, and other tools designed to improve a company’s overall safety record and risk avoidance.

David is fluent in Portuguese and periodically handles matters for clients in Brazil because of this. He is also the proud father of two sons, and has been an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America.

Telephone: 713.951.4114
Fax: 713.951.2419
dmerkley@hartlinebarger.com
1980 Post Oak Blvd.
Suite 1800
Houston, Texas 77056

Curriculum Vitae

  • Education
    Baylor Law School, J.D. 1996
    • Senior Notes and Comments Editor, Assistant Managing Editor, Baylor Law Review
    •Order of the Barristers

    Brigham Young University, B.A. English, 1993
  • Bar & Court Admissions
    Texas
    Supreme Court of Texas
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
    U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
    U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
    U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • Honors & Awards
    • Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization (2003-present)
    • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thompson Reuters (2008-present)
    • Recognized among Super Lawyers® Texas Rising Stars by Thompson Reuters (2005-2007)
  • Professional Affiliations & Activities
    • Associate, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
    • Editorial Board Member, Texas Bar Journal (2005–2008)
    • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
    • Texas Association of Defense Counsel (TADC)
    • Houston Bar Association – Oil, Gas & Mineral Law; Litigation; Construction sections
    • Travis County Bar Association
    • Texas Energy Law Association
    • Texas Trucking Association