David N. Calvillo

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Houston, TX

Chamberlain Hrdlicka
 | 1200 Smith Street, 14th Floor
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-658-1818
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1989
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (40%),
  • Construction Litigation: Business (20%),
  • Tax: Business (20%),
  • General Litigation (10%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%)
Attorney Profile

David delivers a multidisciplinary perspective to his clients from the firm’s offices in Houston and San Antonio.

As an accomplished board certified civil trial lawyer, professional neutral, certified public accountant, and certified valuation analyst, he brings a variety of skill sets and focused passion to his regional and growing national practice. David has successfully tried, litigated, and arbitrated matters in diverse practice areas, including breach of contract, business separation, commercial liability, construction, shareholder rights, professional malpractice, personal injury and wrongful death, employment, debt collection, and intellectual property matters.

David is also an experienced professional neutral and serves as an arbitrator in commercial, construction, employment, international and health law disputes with the American Arbitration Association, the American Health Lawyers Association, and in court appointed and party-selected disputes. As a mediator, David has earned the recognition of his peers as a Distinguished Credentialed Mediator. His multidisciplinary expertise has earned him the attention of his colleagues and courts throughout the State of Texas, who have tapped him to serve as a Special Discovery Master and Receiver in scores of complex litigation matters for over a decade.

David’s training and experience with the world’s largest public accounting firms as a financial auditor and tax professional as well as his training as a business valuation professional, make him uniquely suited to advise and represent clients in financial and tax matters, including an evolving practice in tax controversy and litigation.

David currently serves the legal profession as an Exam Commissioner for the Civil Trial Specialization Committee of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, as a member of the Council of the ADR Section of the State Bar of Texas, and as an elected member of the American Law Institute; he has previously served as the Chair of the region’s State Bar of Texas’ Grievance Committee.

David also feels called to participate in and contribute his talents to the community. For example, he has served his parishes throughout the years as a member of the Finance Committee, Pastoral Council, and in various ministries. He has likewise served as an officer and President of the Board of Directors for the local Boy’s and Girl’s Club, youth sports coach, and currently serves as a fully trained Assistant Scoutmaster with his sons’ Boy Scout Troop. He is a charter and continuing member of the Board of Contributors for a historic South Texas newspaper.

A native of the Rio Grande Valley in deep South Texas, David Calvillo is also proudly bicultural and bilingual, fluent in English and Spanish. Totus Tuus.

 

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Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Business Litigation (40%)

Construction Litigation (20%): Construction Defects

Tax (20%): Tax Law

General Litigation (10%): Litigation, Restraining Order

Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%): Arbitration, Mediation

Focus Areas

Construction Litigation: Construction Defects

Tax: Tax Law

General Litigation: Litigation, Restraining Order

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Arbitration, Mediation

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 10 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2017

Certificates and Credentials

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy

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About David Calvillo

Admitted 1989, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://www.chamberlainlaw.com/attorneys-249.html

Honors and Awards:

  • Fellow, Texas Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, 2015
  • Fellow, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, 2015
  • Texas Bar Foundation - Life Fellow, 2009-present
  • Outstanding Young Men of America, 1983 and 1992
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® 

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA)- issued by the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts- experience and training in business valuations, 2012
  • Certified Public Accountant- Texas, 1984
  • United States District Court, Western District of Texas
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States Tax Court
  • Board Certified- Civil Trial Law Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Certified Valuation Analyst (NACVA) - 2013
  • TMCA Credentialed Distinguished Mediator (2007 - present) 
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (April 1997 - present)
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas (February 1990 - present)
  • State Bar of Texas (November 3, 1989) • #03673000
  • Roster of Neutrals - American Health Lawyers Association
  • Certificate in Advanced Arbitration Skills, A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center, University of Houston Law Center, Blakely Advocacy Institute
  • Texas Mediator Credentialing Association (TMCA) Credentialed Mediator, 2007−present 
  • Board Certified, Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Roster of Neutrals- American Arbitration Association

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization- Exam Commissioner- Civil Trial   , 2011
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Fellow
  • American Association of Attorney/CPAs
  • American Association of Hispanic CPAs, Houston Chapter, Secretary, 1985
  • American Association of Hispanic CPAs, Houston Chapter, Vice President, 1986  
  • Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants
  •  American Institute of Certified Public Accountants 
  • San Antonio Mexican American Bar Association
  • Cameron County Bar Association
  • San Antonio Bar Association
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association 
  • Hidalgo County Bar Association, Director, 1995, 2008–2010
  • Mexican American Bar Association of Texas, State Treasurer, 1991–1992
  • Hispanic National Bar Association, Membership Chair, 1992
  • American Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) section
  • American Law Institute
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization Civil Trial Exam Commission, Commissioner, 2011−present
  • State Bar of Texas, Council, Hispanic Issues Section, 1991−1995
  • State Bar of Texas, Chair, Panel 4, 2003−2004
  • State Bar of Texas, Chair, Panel 3, 2007
  • State Bar of Texas, Grievance Committee Chair, Region 12B, 2004−2006
  • State Bar of Texas, Council, ADR Section 2012-present
  • State Bar of Texas, 1989−present

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • American Law Institute- Elected member
  • Boy Scouts of America, Troop 7 - McAllen, Adult Leader, 2014
  • McAllen Youth Soccer Association, Assistant Coach, 1996 - 1997
  • McAllen ISD Educational foundation, Board of Directors, 1998 - 2001
  • St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Finance Council, 2009 - Present
  • St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Parishoner Eucharistic Minister, 2008 - Present
  • San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, International Trade Committee, VIPS: Volunteers in Public Schools, Houston, 1985–1986 
  • San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, International Trade Committee, Career Amigos
  • Women's Advocacy Project, Board of Directors and Advisory Board of Directors, 1989–1995
  • Texas Rural Legal Aid, Board of Directors, 1994–1996  
  • Boy Scouts of America, Rio Grande Council, Board of Directors, 1998–2001
  • Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree, 2004
  • Knights of Columbus, Third Degree, 2003
  • Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School, Golf Tournament Committee, 1999–2005
  • Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School, Development Council, 1999–2005
  • Youth Pony League Baseball, Coach, 1996–2003
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of McAllen, Treasurer, 2002–2003
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of McAllen, Vice President of Sports, 2005–2006
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of McAllen, President, 2007–2008
  • Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, Pastoral Council, 2007-2010
  • St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Chair, Finance Council, 2011-present
  • Real Men Pray the Rosary, Inc., Co-founder, 2009–present

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Speaker- Panelist, Arbitration 101: The Nuts and Bolts of Arbitration, State Bar of Texas- ADR Section, 2016
  • Speaker, Strategies and Pitfalls in Arbitrations and Mediations, State Bar of Texas- Texas Minority Counsel Program, 2016
  • Speaker, In The Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Business Valuations, Chamberlain Hrdlicka- 39th Annual Tax and Business Planning Institute, 2016
  • Successfully Settling Complex Cases at Mediation - Observations from 'Behind the Curtain'"   STATE BAR OF TEXAS, Soaking Up Some CLE- A South Texas  Litigation Course, South Padre Island, Texas  (2009)
  • Arbitration - Panacea or Burden?" STERLING EDUCATION SEMINARS, INC., Employment Law Update: Employment Arbitration & Mediation Agreements - Mandatory Vs. Voluntary, Brownsville, Texas (2009)
  • Mediation Advocacy: Exploring Ethical Limits• STATE BAR OF TEXAS, Soaking Up Some CLE - A South Padre Litigation Seminar, South Padre Island, Texas (2007)
  • "Understanding the Issues in Texas, Arbitration - Panacea or Burden?" LORMAN EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS, The Fundamentals of Construction Contracts, McAllen, Texas (2007)
  • "Technology in the Law Office & Courts" STATE BAR OF TEXAS, Texas Minority Attorney Program, South Texas College, McAllen, Texas (2009)
  • "Texas Receiverships - A Survey" STATE BAR OF TEXAS, Every Marriage In Texas Ends In Divorce or Death, McAllen, Texas (2010)
  • "The Use of Testifying Experts in Civil Litigation" UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS - PAN AMERICAN, University of Texas - Pan American, Forensic Accounting Course, Edinburg, Texas (2011)
  • "Resolving Business Disputes: Now You're Talking My Language• UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS - PAN AMERICAN, University of Texas - Pan American, Legal Spanish - Massive Online Open Course (2013)

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Arbitration • ABC Framing v. Commercial Structures; CL-43-039-D, County Court No. 4 of Hidalgo County, Texas (Construction Dispute)
  • Special Discovery Master • Edcouch ISO v. Aleco Construction et al; Cause No. C-635-05-E;In the 275th Judicial District Court of Hidalgo County, Texas (All Non-Dispositive Matters - Construction)
  • Special Discovery Master • Donna ISO v. Joe Williamson Construction Co. et al; C-2567-03-C, C(1), C(2), C(3), C(4), C(5): In the 139th Judicial District Court of Hidalgo County, Texas (All Non-Dispositive Matters - Construction)
  • Special Master • Cruz et al. v. L & B Vactor Services, LLC et al: Cause No. C-2903-03-E; In the 275th Judicial District Court of Hidalgo County, Texas (Apportionment of Damages)
  • Special Discovery Master • Gonzalez et al. v. Ford Motor Company et al; Cause No. C-2556-02-E; In the 275th Judicial District Court of Hidalgo County, Texas {Discovery - Products Liability)
  • Special Discovery Master • Joe Williamson Construction Co. v. Stepco Restaurant Supply Co. and Donna ISO et al.; Cause No. 2007-05-2355-E; In the 357th Judicial District Court of Cameron County, Texas (All Non-Dispositive Matters - Construction)
  • Special Master • Jeffrey M. Gilbert v. Best Western Palm Aire; Cause No. C-216-07-1; In the 398th District Court of Hidalgo County, Texas (Discovery - Premises Liability)
  • Arbitration • Earth Metals, LLC v. Abaco Holdings; In Re: Ad Hoc Arbitration; In the 357th Judicial District Court of Cameron County, Texas (Shareholder Dispute - Valuation)
  • Receiver • In Re: Marriage of Antun Domit and Maria de Los Angeles Domit; Cause No. F-1892-06-E; In the 370th District Court of Hidalgo County, Texas (Complex Commercial Real Estate)
  • Receiver - Valuator • Gloria Araceli Loeza Aceves v. Paul Hudson; 93rd District Court of Hidalgo County Texas (Energy Oil Field Services)

Educational Background:

  • Candidate, Exec. LLM Tax, Georgetown University Law Center, 2017
  • University of Texas at Austin 1978-1980
  • University of Houston Law Center • A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center • Basic Mediation Training, 2006
  • University of Houston Law Center • A.A. White Institute • Advanced Arbitration Skills (Commercial + Int'I)
  • B.B.A., Accounting, University of Texas — Pan American, 1982

Industry Groups

  • Arbitration
  • Business Litigation
  • Construction
  • Mediation
  • Special Master
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    1200 Smith Street
    14th Floor
    Houston, TX 77002

    Phone: 713-658-1818

     

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