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David J. Beck

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David J. Beck is consistently recognized as one of our country’s best trial lawyers. This recognition has grown from the consistent results he has achieved for his clients in his more than forty years of practice. From the smallest disputes to the billion dollar cases, David understands the importance of each case to his client, and he approaches each with the same intensity and integrity that has served him - and his clients - so well for so long.

For David Beck, every case is a story to be told, and very few trial lawyers can match David's ability to convey that story to the jury. And he knows that the story is best told from the highest moral ground. That is ground on which he has stood his entire career. When David tells a jury he will show them evidence to make a point, you can bet that when he stands up in closing argument he will have honored his word. Maybe that is why so many companies call him with their "bet the company" cases.

Served as trial co-counsel with Joe Jamail for Clear Channel Communications in a state court action brought by Clear Channel in San Antonio, Texas for tortious interference with contractual relations against Citigroup, Duetschebank, CreditSuisse, Morgan Stanley, Royal Bank of Scotland, and Wachovia. Clear Channel alleged that as credit markets worsened the banks were attempting to avoid their obligation to loan $22 billion to fund a leveraged buyout of Clear Channel by two private equity firms. After three months of contentious litigation with the banks, the parties reached a favorable settlement whereby the banks would provide $18 billion to fund a reworked merger agreement.  

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 Becton Dickinson ("BD") in a patent infringement lawsuit brought by Retractable Technologies Inc. (RTI").  RTI claimed BD had infringed patents relating to retractable syringes. The case was tried to a jury before United States District Judge David Folsom in Marshall, Texas.  RTI sought damages totaling $425 million.  However, the jury only awarded damages of $5 million and found the alleged infringement was not willful. 

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. 

Representative Experience

Served as trial co-counsel with Joe Jamail for Clear Channel Communications in a state court action brought by Clear Channel in San Antonio, Texas for tortious interference with contractual relations against Citigroup, Duetschebank, CreditSuisse, Morgan Stanley, Royal Bank of Scotland, and Wachovia. Clear Channel alleged that as credit markets worsened the banks were attempting to avoid their obligation to loan $22 billion to fund a leveraged buyout of Clear Channel by two private equity firms. After three months of contentious litigation with the banks, the parties reached a favorable settlement whereby the banks would provide $18 billion to fund a reworked merger agreement.  

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 Becton Dickinson ("BD") in a patent infringement lawsuit brought by Retractable Technologies Inc. (RTI").  RTI claimed BD had infringed patents relating to retractable syringes. The case was tried to a jury before United States District Judge David Folsom in Marshall, Texas.  RTI sought damages totaling $425 million.  However, the jury only awarded damages of $5 million and found the alleged infringement was not willful. 

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. 

Professional Activities and Memberships

Fellow, Texas Supreme Court Historical Society (Chair, 2012-2014)

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers

Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates

Member, Warren E. Berger Society for the National Center for State Courts

Awards and Rankings

Named Global Commercial Litigation Lawyer of the Year, Who's Who Legal, 2014

Named in Benchmark Litigation as a Litigation Star - United States, General Commerical and Local Litigation Star - Texas, 2014

Recognized as a 2013 Lawyer of the Year in Texas for Antitrust Law by Texas' Best Lawyers. Also named for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Environmental Law, Legal Malpractice Law - Defense, and Natural Resources Law.

Recognized in Chambers USA as a leader in the field for Litigation: Energy & Natural Resources (Texas), Litigation: General Commercial (Texas), Litigation: Trial Lawyers (Nationwide), 2013

Named to Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers, Business Edition - TexasBusiness Litigation, 2014

Selected as a Thomson Reuters "Top 10 Super Lawyers," 2003-2014

Recognized in Texas Lawyer's 2012 Go-To Guide as one of the top-notch lawyers for commerical litigation

Recognized in the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, 2012

Recipient of the American Inns of Court Professionalism Award at the Fifth Circuit Judicial Conference, 2011

Named by 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.

Named one of the 25 Greatest Lawyers of the past quarter century, 25th Anniversary issue of Texas Lawyer Magazine, 2010

Named Houston Lawyer of the Year in "Bet-the-Company" Litigation, Best Lawyers, 2009

Appointed to the prestigious Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure by United States Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist,  2004. The Committee's members include some of the leading judges, academicians, and practitioners in the United States. Re-appointed to a 3-year-term on the Standing Committee by Chief Justice John Roberts, 2007

Recipient of the Leon Green Award from the Texas Law Review Association for outstanding contributions to the legal profession, 2007

Recipient of the University of Texas Law School Faculty Award

Recipient of the State Bar of Texas Presidents' Award

Recipient of the "Honorary Barrister" Award, University of Texas Law School Board of Advocates

Honored with the Anti-Defamation League's Jurisprudence Award in 2005. This award is presented annually to an outstanding member of the legal community who exhibits an exceptional commitment to equality, justice, fairness and community service.

Voted by a poll of Texas lawyers as a "Go To Lawyer for Lawyers in Trouble" in Texas Lawyer, 2002

Outstanding Alumnus of the University of Texas Law School, 2000

Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Texas at Austin, 2010

Distinguished Alumnus of Lamar University, 1999

Named as one of "The Best Lawyers in America" by since 1983, and is currently one of the few attorneys listed in eight areas of practice including:
 Bet-the-Company Litigation
 Commercial Litigation
 Legal Malpractice Law - Defendant
 Litigation - Antitrust
 Litigation - Environmental
 Litigation - Intellectual Property
 Litigation - Patent
 Natural Resources - Law Litigation

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Publications and Presentations

David J. Beck has won various awards for his legal writing. He has published numerous law journal articles and has appeared as a lecturer on many bar association and law school continuing legal education programs. Published works include:

Co-Author, Chapter 34 ("Jury Selection") Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts 3d American Bar Association Section of Litigation Database updated (2012)

Legal Malpractice in Texas, originally published by the Baylor Law Review, 43 Baylor L. Rev. (1991); Second Edition, 50 Baylor L. Rev. 547 (1998)

Co-Author, the 1999-2014 versions of O'Connor's Annotated Civil Practice and Remedies Code

"The Legal Profession at the Crossroads: Who Will Write the Future Rules Governing the Conduct of Lawyers Representing Public Corporations?", 34 St. Mary's L.J. 873 (2003)

Perpective: Seperation of Powers - Is Our Judiciary Under Serious Attack?", 67 Tex B.J. 974 (2004)

Co-author, "The Vitality of Barcelo After Ten Years: When Can An Attorney Be Sued For Negligence By Someone Other Than His Client?", 58 Baylor L. Rev. 371 (2006)

"Judicial Independence: Woe to the Generation that Judges the Judges", 71 Tex. B.J. 572 (2008)

"The Consequences of the Vanishing Jury Trial: Does Anyone Really Care",1 Hous. L. Rev. e29 (2010)

Community Involvement

Appointed by UT Regents to UT Austin Intercollegiate Athletic Council for Men, 2013-2017

President, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2006-2007

Chair, Board of Trustees of the Center for American and International Law (CAIL), 2010-2014

President, State Bar of Texas, 1995-1996

"Honorary Overseas Member" of the Commerical Bar Association (COMBAR)

President, International Association Defense Counsel, 1990-1991

Life Member, University of Texas Law School Foundation Board of Trustees; President, 2006