David Merkley

Partner

David is a board certified trial lawyer with a statewide practice involving primarily the defense of catastrophic losses and other high-risk exposures. He has tried dozens of cases to verdict and was one of the youngest members to be elected to the Houston Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). David is routinely retained to oversee the containment of evidence and investigation immediately following an event, in addition to thereafter managing the litigation and trying the case as lead counsel.

David’s concentrated areas of practice include oilfield and refinery incidents, construction-related claims, products and premises liability claims, trucking and transportation accidents, and general maritime matters. 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. He is fluent in Portuguese and periodically handles matters for clients in Brazil.

David has been recognized by Thompson Reuters as a ‘Texas Super Lawyer’ for the past 12 consecutive years. This is a distinction limited to five percent of attorneys statewide. Previous to this, he was consistently recognized as a ‘Texas Rising Star,’ which is limited to three percent of attorneys under age 40.

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