David J. Beck

David J. Beck

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Houston, TX

Beck Redden LLP
 | 1221 McKinney Street, Suite 4500
Houston, TX 77010
Phone: 713-951-6209
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1964
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (50%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (30%),
  • General Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

David J. Beck is recognized as one of our country’s best trial lawyers. This recognition has grown from the consistent results he has achieved for his clients during his 50 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. Again and again, he is recognized as one of the nation’s preeminent trial lawyers, and is often referred to as “the lawyer other lawyers go to when they’re in trouble” because of his outstanding defense track record in legal malpractice cases. From 1985-2017, David has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in numerous practice areas. In the 25th Anniversary issue of Texas Lawyer Magazine, he was named as one of the 25 Greatest Lawyers of the past quarter century.  In 2015, the American Board of Trial Advocates Texas Chapter honored David as Trial Lawyer of the Year, recognizing him for being an excellent advocate, having a distinguished career with a superb reputation of high ethics and fair play, and for his outstanding results. Additionally, he was recently honored by TACTAS with the Lifetime of Excellence in Advocacy Award – an award recognizing a local attorney who has been an example of excellence in trial and appellate work. The Texas Bar Foundation also honored David with statewide recognition this year with the Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer Award. He was acknowledged as a 2013 Lawyer of the Year in Texas for Antitrust Law by Texas' Best Lawyers, and also was named for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Environmental Law, Legal Malpractice Law - Defense, and Natural Resources Law. In 2010, he was named by Texas Lawyer Magazine as one of the 25 greatest lawyers in the past quarter century. 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. That is why so many companies call him with their "bet-the-company" cases.

In addition to his trial accomplishments and accolades, David is also active outside the courtroom. He served as President of the State Bar of Texas from 1995-1996; President of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2006-2007; President of the International Association of Defense Counsel (1991-1992); Fellow of the ACTL and International Academy of Trial Lawyers; Advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates; and beginning in 2004, David served two terms on the Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure – a committee which makes recommendations to the Supreme Court of the United States on rules affecting the federal courts. In addition, David is actively involved in the community, serving as a member of the MD Anderson Board of Visitors and a member of the UT Health Development Board. He was also recently appointed as Regent to the UT System Board.

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

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About David Beck

Admitted: 1964, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://www.beckredden.com/bios/beck-david-jbio-page

Honors and Awards:

  • Mr. Beck was honored with the Anti-Defamation League’s 2005 Jurisprudence Award.  The Award is presented each year to legal professionals who demonstrate a devotion to the principles enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, commitment to the democratic values of the United States, and dedication to fair and equal justice for all.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Mr. Beck recently served as President of the American College of Trial Lawyers (2006-07), a professional association skilled and experienced in the trial of cases and dedicated to maintaining and improving the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice, and the ethics of the profession, and whose membership is limited to the top 1% of the practicing Bar.  He has been named a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates, and an "Honorary Overseas Member" of The Commercial Bar Association ("COMBAR"), a preeminent association of English barristers.
  • Mr. Beck is also a Past President of the International Association of Defense Counsel ("IADC").  The IADC, which was founded in 1920, is a professional organization of attorneys in the private practice of law, who specialize in representing defendants in civil litigation.
  • Mr. Beck served as President of the State Bar of Texas in 1995-96.  He is a past recipient of the prestigious University of Texas Law School Faculty Award and the State Bar of Texas Presidents’ Award.  He also received the distinguished "Honorary Barrister" Award from the University of Texas Law School Board of Advocates.  In 2005, he was named as a member of the Board of Trustees of The Center for American and International Law, in 2007 he was appointed to the Center’s Executive Committee, and in 2009 was named Vice Chair.  In 2007, he received the Leon Green Award from the Texas Law Review Association “for outstanding contributions to the legal profession.”

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Mr. Beck has published numerous law journal articles and has appeared as a lecturer on many bar association and law school continuing legal education programs.  He is the author of Legal Malpractice in Texas, a book which was originally published by the Baylor Law Review, 43 BAYLOR L. REV. 1 (1991), and whose second edition was published in 1998, 50 BAYLOR L. REV. 547 (1998).  He also co-authored the 1999 through 2007 versions of O’Connor’s Annotated Civil Practice and Remedies Code, a treatise widely used by Texas lawyers.  In 2003, he authored “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).  In December, 2004, he authored “Perspective: Separation of Powers – Is Our Judiciary Under Serious Attack?”, 67 TEX. B.J. 974 (2004).  In April, 2006, he co-authored “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), and in July, 2008, he authored “Judicial Independence:  Woe to the Generation that Judges the Judges”, 71 TEX. B.J. 572 (July 2008).  He has won various awards for his legal writing.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • 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 re-appointed him to a 3 year term on the Standing Committee.

Articles about David J. Beck appearing in Super Lawyers

Office Location for David J. Beck

1221 McKinney Street
Suite 4500
Houston, TX 77010

 

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Last Updated: 1/23/2017

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