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David Coale

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Appellate Attorney in Dallas, TX

Lynn Pinker Hurst & Schwegmann LLP
2100 Ross Avenue, Suite 2700
Dallas, TX 75201
Phone: 214-992-3601
Fax: 214-981-3839
Email: David Coale
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2021
Licensed in Texas Since: 1993
Practice Areas: Appellate (80%), Business Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

David Coale's far-reaching litigation experience supports his consistent recognition as one of the top appellate practitioners in Texas. The only known graduate of both Harvard College and Allen High School (at the time, a small town on the far northern edge of the Dallas metro area), David approaches law with a practical approach that respects history and tradition. His varied practice has taken him across Texas and the world; for example, he has organized an international mediation in London, taken depositions in Mexico City, tried a case for a month in Nueces County, and defended a pay phone operator before a Tarrant County Justice of the Peace.

David is a member of the American Law Institute, a past chair of the Appellate Section of the State Bar of Texas, and a member of the governing council of the State Bar Antitrust Section. He is board certified in civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and serves on the drafting and grading committee for that certification exam. For two terms, David has been appointed to the TBLS Civil Appellate Law Exam Commission Service, which oversees board certification for civil appellate law in Texas. He publishes, a popular blog about commercial disputes before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. 

Before joining LPCH, David was in the leadership of financial services litigation at one of the world’s largest law firms, and was previously the head of litigation at a mid-sized Dallas firm. He clerked for Judge Patrick Higginbotham of the Fifth Circuit after graduating with honors from the University of Texas School of Law and Harvard College, where he won the national college debate championship.

About David Coale

First Admitted: 1993, Texas

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  • Obtained affirmance of a substantial judgment under the Texas fraudulent transfer statute. GE Capital v. Worthington Nat’l Bank, 754 F.3d 29 (5th Cir. 2014).
  • Under the Class Action Fairness Act, obtained reversal of an order remanding a “bet the company” class action to Louisiana state court. Opelousas General Hospital v. FairPay Solutions Inc., 655 F.3d 358 (5th Cir. 2011). Then, successfully defended its settlement against an antitrust challenge. 118 So.3d 1269 (La. App. 3d Cir. 2013). 
  • Obtained a settlement in 2013 in a complex construction dispute that allowed complete redevelopment of the client’s retail property.
  • Obtained a large judgment for a major commercial finance company in a real estate dispute, and its affirmance on appeal.  Parker v. Textron Fin. Corp., 2013 WL 979208 (Tex. App.-San Antonio Mar. 13, 2013, no pet.) (mem. op.)
  • Resolved a wide range of investigations, regulatory responses, and discovery involving mortgage servicers during the "robo-signing" scandal of 2010-11.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Texas Court Answers: 10:00 a.m. Means 10:00 a.m., The Texas Lawbook, September 25, 2014 Texas Court Answers: 10:00 a.m. Means 10:00 a.m.
  • How (Not) to Litigate "CONFIDENTIAL" Designations, 600 Camp, July 1, 2014
  • Easier Removals from State to Federal Court?, The Texas Lawbook, June 18, 2014
  • Fifth Circuit Provides Guidance to GCs on Protecting Privilege, The Texas Lawbook, May 9, 2014

Educational Background

  • Allen High School, 1982
  • Harvard University, AB, Economics, 1986
  • University of Texas School of Law, JD, 1990


  • Named to Best Lawyers in America (appellate practice and commercial litigation), 2012
  • Profiled as a "Defender," one of the 15 leading defense lawyers, by the Dallas Business Journal, Defender, 2009
  • Named as a Texas Super Lawyer (Top 100 in D/FW, 2014), 2013
  • Named to annual listings of the city's best business lawyers in D Magazine (appellate practice and business litigation), 2008
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Office Location for David Coale

2100 Ross Avenue
Suite 2700
Dallas, TX 75201

Last Updated: 8/10/2020

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