David E. Wynne

Top rated Business Litigation attorney in Houston, Texas

Burdine Wynne LLP
David E. Wynne
Burdine Wynne LLP

Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Construction Litigation, Eminent Domain view more

Licensed in Texas since: 2004

Education: The University of Texas School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2011 - 2018

Burdine Wynne LLP

1415 Louisiana St., Suite 3900
Wedge International Tower
Houston, TX 77002 Phone: 713-227-8835 Email: David E. Wynne Visit website


David Wynne has successfully handled a number of significant matters as lead counsel for both plaintiffs and defendants in both trial and arbitration forums.  David has numerous multi-million dollar recoveries for clients, including prominently participating in obtaining a $39.6 million jury verdict in Harris County, a $60 million settlement in the Delaware Court of Chancery, and numerous additional trials resulting in multi-million dollar verdicts for his clients. David has also successfully defended against complex commercial litigation disputes involving in excess of tens of millions of dollars.  He is devoted to preparing every case for trial and understands how to effectively advocate complex factual and legal issues.  David also regularly resolves disputes at an early stage, through motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, and negotiation.  His practice includes experience prosecuting business litigation claims including breach of contract, energy, construction, antitrust and legal malpractice cases. David has also successfuly handled products liability, insurance bad faith, and toxic tort claims.  David graduated from Princeton University and University of Texas School of Law, with honors.

Practice areas

Business Litigation, Construction Litigation: Business, Eminent Domain, Energy & Natural Resources, Professional Liability: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 2004, Texas

Professional Webpage: https://www.burdinewynne.com/attorneys/david-e-wynne/

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Life Fellow Texas Bar Foundation
  • Nominating Committee for The Texas Bar Foundation, 2019
  • Texas Monthly Rising Star
  • Recognized as a Top Attorney in Houston, Top Attorney, H Texas Magazine
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who
Educational Background:
  • Princeton University, 2001
  •  University of Texas School of Law, 2004, with honors
Representative Clients:
  • Exxon Mobil Corp. EnerVest Ltd. Derivatively on behalf of Blue Bell Creameries, LP First Advantage Corporation Gulf Energy Exploration, Inc. Juniper Capital Advisors Luby's Fuddruckers, LLC OPI International Group, Ltd. Pilot Thomas Logistics, LLC Speedy Stop Food Stores, LLC Sunnova Solar Energy Corp. The Finger Companies KDM Operating LLC Thomas Petroleum, LLC Pecan Grove Municipal Utility District, 2019
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Served on Nominating Committe for the Texas Bar Foundation, 2019
  • Mr. Wynne has represented local charities in property disputes, tax issues, and has provided representation in family court, pro bono. 
  • Represented local charities regarding property and tax disputes. 
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Counsel for a Municipal Utility District in a construction dispute involving a retaining wall and slope failure near a subdivision development in Fort Bend County, Texas. The suit involved claims for breach of contract and negligence against the civil engineering firm and structural engineering firm that designed the retaining wall. It resulted in a successful confidential mediated settlement., 2021
  • Counsel for Defendant employer in a breach of contract claim asserted by several employees related to allegedly unpaid bonuses. David filed counterclaims against several of the plaintiffs and investigated legal malpractice claims against the law firm that prepared the bonus plan.  The lawsuit successfully settled during mediation. , 2020
  • Counsel for derivative Plaintiff alleging breach of a partnership agreement and breach of fiduciary duties by directors involving a nationwide food manufacturer.  Case settled for $60,220,004., 2019
  • Counsel for municipal utility district alleging breach of contract and negligence by engineering firm that designed a retaining wall and slope protection system that failed.  , 2019
  • Counsel for energy company in product liability suit involving breach of warranties involving steel pipe purchased for more than $3 million. Successfully settled days before trial., 2018
  • Counsel for oil and gas operator defendant in a wrongful death case brough in Duval County, Texas.  Moved for dismissal on the pleadings, which was granted with prejudice., 2018
  • Counsel for Exxon Mobil Corp. in Montana federal court involving claims against the largest investor-owned electric utility in the country regarding two extended electrical outages and power reliability problems that caused damages to an ExxonMobil refinery in excess of $90 million. Suit resulted in successful recovery for client after mediation shortly before trial., 2017
  • Counsel for Plaintiff oil and gas E&P company regarding the expiration of numerous oil and gas leases for lack of production. Suit resulted in full and complete victory for Plaintiff, including right and title to all disputed leases, less than four months from filing the original petition and with minimal cost to the client., 2016
  • Counsel for defendant 50% owner and former officer of an industrial machine company. Company asserted claims for breach of fiduciary duty against our client, seeking more than $1 million. Promptly filed a motion to dismiss pursuant to Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 91a, which the Court granted., 2016
  • Counsel for oil and gas corporation facing threats and allegations that it had breached a significant and long-term lease agreement. Filed a declaratory judgment action that resulted in a confidential recovery for our client within two months of filing suit., 2016
  • Counsel for Defendant private equity fund in Maryland federal court involving claims for breach of contract and fraud brought by an international investment banking firm seeking a multi-million dollar fee related to a $65 million oil and gas exploration investment. After David filed a motion to dismiss and won an order denying the plaintiff jurisdictional discovery, the plaintiff non-suited its claims with prejudice., 2016
  • Counsel for plaintiff midstream gas storage and NGL processor asserting breach of contract claims against purchaser regarding measuring components of Y-grade NGL mix product sold and calculating amounts due for sale of Y-grade NGLs. Claims had gone unresolved and remained disputed for over three years, but once David was engaged, the claims settled efficiently and favorably for the client., 2016
  • Counsel for bank in arbitration involving fraud and breach of a $9 Million Loan Participation Agreement by the participating bank. Arbitration resulted in successful, confidential recovery for our client. Counsel for hundreds of individual plaintiffs who suffered toxic tort damages from a large-scale chemical explosion at a Halliburton-owned chemical blend facility that caused an extensive evacuation in New Iberia, Louisiana. Trial of bellweather plaintiffs' claims resulted in a successful trial verdict for each of the plaintiffs.   Represented a Kuwaiti engineering and construction firm, on a breach of contract claim related to a subcontract to supply containerized housing units to support US Army personnel involved in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The case was tried to a jury for eight days and resulted in a unanimous verdict in favor of the plaintiff on all issues for just under $40 million.  , 2013
  • Represented an oil and gas exploration and production company against the Railroad Commission of Texas and Superior Energy Services LLC in a suit regarding the wrongful plugging of an offshore orphaned gas well.  After a 10 day jury trial, obtained a unimous jury verdict for $8,200,000 on both breach of contract and negligence claims.   , 2012
Industry Groups:
  • Antitrust
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Eminent Domain
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Oil And Gas
  • Partnership Disputes
  • Real Estate

Office location for David E. Wynne

1415 Louisiana St., Suite 3900
Wedge International Tower
Houston, TX 77002


4 Years Super Lawyers
8 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2011 - 2018

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