• Biography

    David Ammons is a commercial trial lawyer with extensive experience handling high-stakes litigation in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts nationwide. Clients value David’s skill at efficiently and effectively resolving their litigation challenges in a manner that squares with their long-term strategic objectives. David has been recognized in the 2020 Legal 500 U.S. directory for his “responsiveness, client attention and practical application of knowledge.”

    Energy Litigation

    A significant portion of David’s practice is devoted to representing onshore and offshore oil and gas producers, gas marketing companies, gas pipeline companies, and natural gas liquids processing companies. His experience includes successfully defending major integrated oil and gas companies and large independents in multidistrict and class action cases with multimillions of dollars at stake. He also has handled complex disputes concerning joint operating agreements, purchase and sale agreements, operational issues, and title to oil and gas assets.

    Business and Bankruptcy Litigation

    In addition to his energy litigation practice, David has represented plaintiffs and defendants in other complex commercial litigation matters, including breach of contract disputes, fiduciary litigation, environmental and toxic tort litigation, and financial litigation. He has particular experience representing companies, hedge funds, and court-appointed trustees in bankruptcy litigation matters. To cite a few examples, David has:

    • Defended a midstream energy company in bankruptcy proceedings concerning attempts to reject major gathering and processing agreements
    • Defended directors and officers of a bankrupt exploration and production company against claims of operational mismanagement and breaches of fiduciary duty
    • Handled fiduciary and fraudulent transfer litigation relating to the insolvency of a nationwide homebuilder
    • Handled fiduciary and fraudulent transfer litigation relating to the collapse of Parmalat, the Italian international food conglomerate
    • Handled fiduciary litigation relating to the bankruptcy of an entity that designed, implemented, and managed independent physician’s associations and management services organizations
    • Handled fiduciary and accounting malpractice litigation relating to the bankruptcy of a designer and manufacturer of offshore drilling rigs.

    Professional Recognition

    David is board certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He was recognized in the 2020 Legal 500 U.S. directory and 2020 Texas Super Lawyers directory, Thompson Reuters.

    David is a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Energy Law and an officer of its Litigation and Dispute Practice Committee. 

  • Education and Clerkships

    • J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 2003
    • B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1999, cum laude
      • Briefing Attorney for the Honorable Terry Jennings, First District Court of Appeals of Texas, 2003-2004
  • Admissions

    • Texas
  • Court Admissions

    • 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 Eastern District of Texas
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit