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David Leonard

Jackie Kish
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  • J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, Managing Editor, Texas Journal of Oil, Gas & Energy Law, 2011
  • B.A., with honors, The University of Texas, Phi Beta Kappa, 2008
Bar Admission
  • Texas
Court Admissions
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas

David Leonard, a native Houstonian, is an associate in Gray Reed’s commercial litigation section. David primarily represents businesses in state and federal trial court proceedings, state and federal appeals, and arbitration proceedings.  David also counsels businesses regarding dispute resolution through mediation and other forms of negotiation.

David is a graduate of The University of Texas School of Law, where he was managing editor of the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law.  David received a B.A., with honors, from the University of Texas at Austin. 

Representative Experience

Oilfield Service Contract Dispute

  • Negotiated favorable settlement for publicly-traded oilfield services corporation in dispute arising from a marine technology contract.

Premises Liability Defense 

  •  Asserted Chapter 95 defense on behalf of Fortune 500 chemical refining company in personal injury lawsuit in federal court.

Real Estate Disputes

  • Negotiated resolution of commercial lock-out on behalf of medical tenant with landlord. 
  • Represented buyer of commercial real property in a dispute with seller regarding disbursement of earnest money.

Appellate Experience

  • Assisted with appellate briefing for the plaintiff/appellee in a breach of contract case and secured affirmance of trial court judgment.
  • Assisted with appellate briefing for the plaintiff/appellee in a Fourteenth Amendment and Texas Whistleblower Act case.
  • Drafted briefing in mandamus proceeding on behalf of minority shareholders in connection with a discovery dispute arising from shareholder derivative lawsuit.

Breach of Employment Agreement

  •  Led negotiations to resolve executive compensation dispute on behalf of former executive with Fortune 500 healthcare company.

Breach of Promissory Note 

  • Negotiated loan modification on behalf of creditor involving loan amounts exceeding $600,000.

Defense of Conversion and Civil Theft Claims

  • Obtained take-nothing judgment for individual alleged to have converted and stolen personal property.

Professional Activities, Memberships & Affiliations

  • Licensed to practice in Texas, 2011
  • Board Member, Texas Energy Law Association


  • Deepwater Horizon Insurance Litigation: Unintended Consequences, Practical Responses, Ethical Issues, and Suggestions for Review, 2013 Annual Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference, University of Texas School of Law (co-author with Julia Palmer).