David J. Beck

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Houston

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Direct: 713.951.6209

Fax: 713.951.3720

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David J. Beck is consistently recognized as one of our country’s best trial lawyers.

David J. Beck, formerly a senior partner at Fulbright & Jaworski in Houston, Texas, founded Beck Redden L.L.P. in January 1992. Mr. Beck previously served as President of the State Bar of Texas (1995-96), President of the American College of Trial Lawyers (2006-07), President of the International Association of Defense Counsel (1991-92); and as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Center for American and International Law (2011-15). He currently serves as Chair of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society Fellows (2012-2023). He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and a Diplomate of ABOTA. He was named by the National Law Journal as one of the top 10 trial lawyers in the United States and one of the top trial lawyers in the Southwest. He has been included in The Best Lawyers in America© for over thirty years, in eight separate areas of litigation practice.

Mr. Beck’s numerous honors include: Recognized as a “Legal Legend” by the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas (2022); recipient of the Justice Eugene A. Cook Professionalism Award from the Houston Bar Association (2021); Award for Achievement in the Pursuit of Justice for All by The Center for American and International Law (2019); Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers Hall of Fame (2017); Luke H. Soules III Award for Excellence in Litigation by the State Bar Litigation Section (2016), and the 2016 Good Apple Award by Texas Appleseed for, among other things, strengthening Texas’s legal profession; Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Texas Chapter of TEX-ABOTA (2015); and the American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for Fifth Circuit (2011).

In 2004, United States Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist appointed Mr. Beck to the prestigious Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure. The Committee’s members include some of the leading judges, academicians, and practitioners in the United States. In 2007, Chief Justice John Roberts reappointed him to a three-year term on the Committee.

In the 25th anniversary issue of Texas Lawyer, Mr. Beck was named as one of the 25 greatest Texas lawyers of the past quarter-century. Most recently, he received the Joe Reynold’s award from the American College of Trial Lawyer for “actions and accomplishments that manifest a lifetime’s commitment to advancing the administration of justice through service to the legal profession.”

Mr. Beck is an Adjunct Professor at UT Law School. He also has won various awards for his legal writing. In 2019, he received the Outstanding Law Review Article Award from the Texas Bar Foundation for his co-authored article “Legal Malpractice in Texas”, published in 70 Baylor Law Review 213 (2018). He also is the author of Thompson Reuters’ Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code (2005-2023).

 

“David is one of the most remarkable trial lawyers. A Texas trial legend.”
Chambers USA, 2024

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  • Representative experience
    • Texas Supreme Court affirms dismissal of $535 million judgement against Enterprise Products Partners LP. 
    • Lead counsel in defense of Cameron International Corporation (blowout preventer manufacturer) in the Gulf oil spill Multidistrict Litigation. After six weeks of trial, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana found that Cameron was not liable to any claimant and entered an order completely dismissing Cameron from the litigation.
    • Trial victory for Exxon Mobil Corporation (“ExxonMobil”) in Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Trade Exploration et al.; pending in the 189th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas. ExxonMobil was seeking indemnity from an entity and certain individuals who had bought mineral interests from ExxonMobil in Louisiana, and had promised to defend and indemnify ExxonMobil from any future litigation. As a result of the buyers’ wrongful refusal to uphold their promises, ExxonMobil had to settle two major environmental lawsuits in Louisiana, including claims for $3.9 billion. After a nearly three-week trial, ExxonMobil won a victory on all jury issues. Judgment was entered, and the case is now pending before the Houston Court of Appeals. Reagan Brown of Norton Rose Fulbright and Joe Thompson of Watt Thompson also had major roles in the trial.
    • In Camilla Hardy, et al, v. Second Street Properties, et al, several limited partners in a limited partnership removed the general partner, our client, and then unlawfully elected a replacement without his consent. When our client sued to enforce his rights under the Partnership Agreement, the limited partners countersued, claiming he breached his fiduciary and contractual duties by acquiring certain properties years earlier. After trial, the jury found that our client never agreed to majority election of a replacement general partner and that he complied with his contractual and fiduciary duties in two of the three major transactions. Although the jury found our client liable on the transaction through which he acquired the “City and District Tracts”, the jury awarded only $1 in damages. The trial court also required the Partnership to reimburse our client for his acquisition and holding costs. This case is currently on appeal.
    • Obtained defense verdict for Memorial Hermann Hospital System in a major antitrust lawsuit in Texas state court as lead counsel. Assisted by Beck Redden partner Geoff Gannaway, the trial lasted almost two and a half months. The plaintiffs, who were physician-investors in a now defunct physician-owned hospital in West Houston, claimed that Memorial Hermann was responsible for their hospital’s failure and asserted antitrust claims and claims for tortious interference with prospective and existing business relationships. The plaintiffs sought millions in actual damages, plus several millions in attorneys’ fees. The jury entered a complete defense verdict.
    • Lead trial counsel for Level 3 Communications, Global Crossing, and Qwest Communications in a patent infringement action tried to a federal court jury in Marshall, Texas. The companies, builders/owners of the cable infrastructure of the internet, were accused of infringing patent claims related to voice-over-internet-telephony (“VOIP”). The case settled favorably after the patent owner presented its evidence to the jury.
    • Lead trial counsel for ExxonMobil Corporation in a breach of contract lawsuit brought by a former ExxonMobil executive who was seeking millions of dollars. The lawsuit also questioned the validity of the company-wide executive compensation program. The jury returned a complete defense verdict. 
  • Honors & Awards
    • Recipient of the Joe Reynolds Award from The American College of Trial Lawyers (2023)
    • Recipient of the Justice Eugene A. Cook Professionalism Award from the Houston Bar Association (2021)
    • Texas Law Alumni Association Award for Lifetime Achievement (2021)
    • Recipient of the E. Ernest Goldstein Award given to a Distinguished Texas International Law Journal Alumnus (2023)
    • Named in Global Leader in Product Liability Defense by Who’s Who Legal (2020)
    • Recognized in The Legal 500 United States as a Leading Lawyer, Energy Litigation: Oil and Gas (2018); Hall of Fame, Energy Litigation: Oil and Gas (2019-2023), National Leading Trial Lawyer (2020-2023)
    • Recognized in Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers, 2024
    • Recognized in Lawdragon 500 Leading Energy Lawyers, Energy Litigation, 2024
    • Recognized in 2023 Lawdragon 500 Leading Global Litigators
    • Recognized Thomas Reuters Texas Super Lawyers – Business Litigation (2022 – 2023)
  • Professional Activities & Memberships
    • State Bar of Texas (President, 1995-1996)
    • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (President, 2006-2007)
    • American College of Trial Lawyers Foundation (President, 2013-2017)
    • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
    • Diplomate, American Board of Trial Advocates
    • Fellow, Texas Supreme Court Historical Society (Chair, 2012-2020)
    • International Association of Defense Counsel (President, 1991-1992)
    • Chair, Board of Trustees of the Center for American and International Law (CAIL) (2010-2014); Board of Trustees and Executive Committee (currently)
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United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

United States District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas

L.L.B., The University of Texas School of Law

B.S., Lamar University

David J. Beck

Partner,

Houston

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Direct: 713.951.6209

Fax: 713.951.3720

Direct: 713.951.6209

Fax: 713.951.3720

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David J. Beck, formerly a senior partner at Fulbright & Jaworski in Houston, Texas, founded Beck Redden L.L.P. in January 1992. Mr. Beck previously served as President of the State Bar of Texas (1995-96), President of the American College of Trial Lawyers (2006-07), President of the International Association of Defense Counsel (1991-92); and as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Center for American and International Law (2011-15). He currently serves as Chair of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society Fellows (2012-2023). He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and a Diplomate of ABOTA. He was named by the National Law Journal as one of the top 10 trial lawyers in the United States and one of the top trial lawyers in the Southwest. He has been included in The Best Lawyers in America© for over thirty years, in eight separate areas of litigation practice.

Mr. Beck’s numerous honors include: Recognized as a “Legal Legend” by the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas (2022); recipient of the Justice Eugene A. Cook Professionalism Award from the Houston Bar Association (2021); Award for Achievement in the Pursuit of Justice for All by The Center for American and International Law (2019); Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers Hall of Fame (2017); Luke H. Soules III Award for Excellence in Litigation by the State Bar Litigation Section (2016), and the 2016 Good Apple Award by Texas Appleseed for, among other things, strengthening Texas’s legal profession; Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Texas Chapter of TEX-ABOTA (2015); and the American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for Fifth Circuit (2011).

In 2004, United States Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist appointed Mr. Beck to the prestigious Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure. The Committee’s members include some of the leading judges, academicians, and practitioners in the United States. In 2007, Chief Justice John Roberts reappointed him to a three-year term on the Committee.

In the 25th anniversary issue of Texas Lawyer, Mr. Beck was named as one of the 25 greatest Texas lawyers of the past quarter-century. Most recently, he received the Joe Reynold’s award from the American College of Trial Lawyer for “actions and accomplishments that manifest a lifetime’s commitment to advancing the administration of justice through service to the legal profession.”

Mr. Beck is an Adjunct Professor at UT Law School. He also has won various awards for his legal writing. In 2019, he received the Outstanding Law Review Article Award from the Texas Bar Foundation for his co-authored article “Legal Malpractice in Texas”, published in 70 Baylor Law Review 213 (2018). He also is the author of Thompson Reuters’ Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code (2005-2023).

 

Expand All
  • Representative experience
    • Texas Supreme Court affirms dismissal of $535 million judgement against Enterprise Products Partners LP. 
    • Lead counsel in defense of Cameron International Corporation (blowout preventer manufacturer) in the Gulf oil spill Multidistrict Litigation. After six weeks of trial, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana found that Cameron was not liable to any claimant and entered an order completely dismissing Cameron from the litigation.
    • Trial victory for Exxon Mobil Corporation (“ExxonMobil”) in Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Trade Exploration et al.; pending in the 189th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas. ExxonMobil was seeking indemnity from an entity and certain individuals who had bought mineral interests from ExxonMobil in Louisiana, and had promised to defend and indemnify ExxonMobil from any future litigation. As a result of the buyers’ wrongful refusal to uphold their promises, ExxonMobil had to settle two major environmental lawsuits in Louisiana, including claims for $3.9 billion. After a nearly three-week trial, ExxonMobil won a victory on all jury issues. Judgment was entered, and the case is now pending before the Houston Court of Appeals. Reagan Brown of Norton Rose Fulbright and Joe Thompson of Watt Thompson also had major roles in the trial.
    • In Camilla Hardy, et al, v. Second Street Properties, et al, several limited partners in a limited partnership removed the general partner, our client, and then unlawfully elected a replacement without his consent. When our client sued to enforce his rights under the Partnership Agreement, the limited partners countersued, claiming he breached his fiduciary and contractual duties by acquiring certain properties years earlier. After trial, the jury found that our client never agreed to majority election of a replacement general partner and that he complied with his contractual and fiduciary duties in two of the three major transactions. Although the jury found our client liable on the transaction through which he acquired the “City and District Tracts”, the jury awarded only $1 in damages. The trial court also required the Partnership to reimburse our client for his acquisition and holding costs. This case is currently on appeal.
    • Obtained defense verdict for Memorial Hermann Hospital System in a major antitrust lawsuit in Texas state court as lead counsel. Assisted by Beck Redden partner Geoff Gannaway, the trial lasted almost two and a half months. The plaintiffs, who were physician-investors in a now defunct physician-owned hospital in West Houston, claimed that Memorial Hermann was responsible for their hospital’s failure and asserted antitrust claims and claims for tortious interference with prospective and existing business relationships. The plaintiffs sought millions in actual damages, plus several millions in attorneys’ fees. The jury entered a complete defense verdict.
    • Lead trial counsel for Level 3 Communications, Global Crossing, and Qwest Communications in a patent infringement action tried to a federal court jury in Marshall, Texas. The companies, builders/owners of the cable infrastructure of the internet, were accused of infringing patent claims related to voice-over-internet-telephony (“VOIP”). The case settled favorably after the patent owner presented its evidence to the jury.
    • Lead trial counsel for ExxonMobil Corporation in a breach of contract lawsuit brought by a former ExxonMobil executive who was seeking millions of dollars. The lawsuit also questioned the validity of the company-wide executive compensation program. The jury returned a complete defense verdict. 
  • Honors & Awards
    • Recipient of the Joe Reynolds Award from The American College of Trial Lawyers (2023)
    • Recipient of the Justice Eugene A. Cook Professionalism Award from the Houston Bar Association (2021)
    • Texas Law Alumni Association Award for Lifetime Achievement (2021)
    • Recipient of the E. Ernest Goldstein Award given to a Distinguished Texas International Law Journal Alumnus (2023)
    • Named in Global Leader in Product Liability Defense by Who’s Who Legal (2020)
    • Recognized in The Legal 500 United States as a Leading Lawyer, Energy Litigation: Oil and Gas (2018); Hall of Fame, Energy Litigation: Oil and Gas (2019-2023), National Leading Trial Lawyer (2020-2023)
    • Recognized in Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers, 2024
    • Recognized in Lawdragon 500 Leading Energy Lawyers, Energy Litigation, 2024
    • Recognized in 2023 Lawdragon 500 Leading Global Litigators
    • Recognized Thomas Reuters Texas Super Lawyers – Business Litigation (2022 – 2023)
  • Professional Activities & Memberships
    • State Bar of Texas (President, 1995-1996)
    • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (President, 2006-2007)
    • American College of Trial Lawyers Foundation (President, 2013-2017)
    • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
    • Diplomate, American Board of Trial Advocates
    • Fellow, Texas Supreme Court Historical Society (Chair, 2012-2020)
    • International Association of Defense Counsel (President, 1991-1992)
    • Chair, Board of Trustees of the Center for American and International Law (CAIL) (2010-2014); Board of Trustees and Executive Committee (currently)
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Class Action & Multi-District Litigation

Commercial Litigation

Energy Litigation

Intellectual Property Litigation

Products Liability Litigation

Professional Liability Defense

Trusts & Estates Litigation

State Bar of Texas

United States Supreme Court

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

United States District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas

L.L.B., The University of Texas School of Law

B.S., Lamar University