David N. Calvillo

Top rated business litigation attorney in Houston, Texas

Chamberlain Hrdlicka
David N. Calvillo
Chamberlain Hrdlicka

Practice Areas: Business litigation, Tax, Alternative dispute resolution; view more

Licensed in Texas since: 1989

Education: The University of Texas School of Law

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2022

Chamberlain Hrdlicka

1200 Smith Street
Suite 1400
Houston, TX 77002 Visit website

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David N. Calvillo brings over three decades of substantive and successful experience to his practice as a shareholder with the prestigious firm of Chamberlain Hrdlicka. He is board-certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as a civil trial law specialist and licensed as a Certified Public Accountant. His practice extends throughout the State of Texas from his base in the firm's San Antonio and Houston, Texas offices. He focuses his experience and expertise on a  variety of practice areas including:

·       Commercial litigation and arbitration

·       Tax Controversy and Tax Litigation

·       Transportation litigation, especially involving the energy industry

·       Construction litigation

.       Personal Injury Trial- Plaintiff and Defense

Mr. Calvillo attended The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas-Pan American. He completed his legal studies at The University of Texas School of Law in 1989 and later earned a graduate law degree in tax law (L.L.M.) from Georgetown University Law Center in 2020.

Being a certified public accountant and certified valuation analyst, Mr. Calvillo brings a unique set of skills to the table. He uses these insights to analyze a situation armed with a multidisciplinary perspective and guide his clients to make informed decisions. His practice extends to matters involving business torts, shareholder rights, professional negligence, personal injury, debt collection, employment law, and intellectual property. He is also bilingual and bicultural and that enhances his ability to analyze and understand different perspectives and communicate effectively with those who feel comfortable speaking and writing in Spanish. 

Mr. Calvillo is also trained in alternate dispute resolution (ADR) and frequently serves as an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association, and American Health Lawyers Association, and in ad hoc disputes selected by parties or appointed by courts. He has successfully conducted a couple of thousand mediations as a mediator and deploys that perspective to serve his clients in similar situations. He also provides valuable advice to his clients on financial and tax matters based on his experience as a business valuation professional.

He currently serves as a Director on the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas. Mr. Calvillo is also a director of the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston and an elected member of The American Law Institute. He has formerly served as an Exam Commissioner for the Civil Trial Law Specialization Committee of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, the chair of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee of his district, and a member of the Council of the State Bar of Texas's ADR Section and Hispanic Issues Section. David enjoys an AV Preeminent* rating with Martindale-Hubbell. Totus Tuus

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished, and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Business litigation, Tax: business, Alternative dispute resolution, Civil litigation: plaintiff, Civil litigation: defense, Construction litigation: business

Focus areas

Tax law, Arbitration, Mediation, Construction defects

  • 30% Business litigation
  • 30% Tax: business
  • 10% Alternative dispute resolution
  • 10% Civil litigation: plaintiff
  • 10% Civil litigation: defense
  • 10% Construction litigation: business

First Admitted: 1989, Texas

Professional Webpage: https://www.chamberlainlaw.com/people-david_calvillo.html

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • "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)
  • The tax professional faces multiple disciplinary regimes and must be familiar with and comply with each. , Presenter, "Circular 230 For Young Lawyers- Ethics for Tax Professionals", State Bar of Texas- Tax Leadership Academy, Tax Law, 2022
  • A review of the disciplinary regimes facing tax professionals., Co-Presenter, "Big Brother Is Still Watching You: Multiple Disciplinary Regimes Facing Tax Professionals, Chamberlain Hrdlicka- 42nd Annual Tax and Business Planning Seminar, 2019
  • "The Use of Testifying Experts in Civil Litigation" UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS - PAN AMERICAN, University of Texas - Pan American, Forensic Accounting Course, Edinburg, Texas (2011)
  • "Texas Receiverships - A Survey" STATE BAR OF TEXAS, Every Marriage In Texas Ends In Divorce or Death, McAllen, Texas (2010)
  • Arbitration - Panacea or Burden?" STERLING EDUCATION SEMINARS, INC., Employment Law Update: Employment Arbitration & Mediation Agreements - Mandatory Vs. Voluntary, Brownsville, Texas (2009)
  • "Technology in the Law Office & Courts" STATE BAR OF TEXAS, Texas Minority Attorney Program, South Texas College, McAllen, Texas (2009)
  • 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)
  • "Understanding the Issues in Texas, Arbitration - Panacea or Burden?" LORMAN EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS, The Fundamentals of Construction Contracts, McAllen, Texas (2007)
  • Mediation Advocacy: Exploring Ethical Limits• STATE BAR OF TEXAS, Soaking Up Some CLE - A South Padre Litigation Seminar, South Padre Island, Texas (2007)
  • Speaker, In The Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Business Valuations, Chamberlain Hrdlicka- 39th Annual Tax and Business Planning Institute, 2016
  • Speaker, Strategies and Pitfalls in Arbitrations and Mediations, State Bar of Texas- Texas Minority Counsel Program, 2016
  • Speaker- Panelist, Arbitration 101: The Nuts and Bolts of Arbitration, State Bar of Texas- ADR Section, 2016
Verdicts/Settlements:
  • Receiver - Valuator • Gloria Araceli Loeza Aceves v. Paul Hudson; 93rd District Court of Hidalgo County Texas (Energy Oil Field Services)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Arbitration • ABC Framing v. Commercial Structures; CL-43-039-D, County Court No. 4 of Hidalgo County, Texas (Construction Dispute)
  • 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)
  • 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 • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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 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 Licenses/Certifications:
  • Board Certified- Civil Trial Law Texas Board of Legal Specialization     Renewed 2020, 2005
  • Certified Public Accountant- Texas, 1984
  • Certified Valuation Analyst (NACVA) - 2013 Renewed Annually, 2013
  • TMCA Credentialed Distinguished Mediator (2007 - 2017) 
  • United States District Court, Western District of Texas
  • Roster of Neutrals- American Arbitration Association
  • Texas Mediator Credentialing Association (TMCA) Credentialed Mediator, 2007−present 
  • State Bar of Texas (November 3, 1989) • #03673000
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • Board Certified, Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Roster of Neutrals - American Health Lawyers Association
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (April 1997 - present)
  • United States Tax Court
  • Certificate in Advanced Arbitration Skills, A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center, University of Houston Law Center, Blakely Advocacy Institute
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas (February 1990 - present)
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • At Large Director- State Bar of Texas- Board of Directors, 2020
  • St. Thomas More Society of Houston- President 2020-2021
  • Hispanic Bar Association of Houston- Board of Directors, 2020
  • American Law Institute, 2011
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Fellow      Houston Chapter      Rio Grande Valley Chapter  , 2013
  • Hispanic National Bar Association, Membership Chair, 1992
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association 
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization- Exam Commissioner- Civil Trial   , 2011
  • San Antonio Mexican American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas, Grievance Committee Chair, Region 12B, 2004−2006
  • American Association of Hispanic CPAs, Houston Chapter, Vice President, 1986  
  • State Bar of Texas, Council, Hispanic Issues Section, 1991−1995
  • American Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) section
  • Hidalgo County Bar Association, Director, 1995, 2008–2010
  • Cameron County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas, Council, ADR Section 2012-present
  • Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • State Bar of Texas, Chair, Panel 4, 2003−2004
  • American Association of Attorney/CPAs
  • Mexican American Bar Association of Texas, State Treasurer, 1991–1992
  • San Antonio Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas, 1989−present
  •  American Institute of Certified Public Accountants 
  • State Bar of Texas, Chair, Panel 3, 2007
  • American Association of Hispanic CPAs, Houston Chapter, Secretary, 1985
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization Civil Trial Exam Commission, Commissioner, 2011−present
Educational Background:
  • Executive LLM Tax, Georgetown University Law Center, 2020
  • University of Houston Law Center • A.A. White Institute • Advanced Arbitration Skills (Commercial + Int'I)
  • University of Houston Law Center • A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center • Basic Mediation Training, 2006
  • University of Texas at Austin 1978-1980
  • B.B.A., Accounting, University of Texas — Pan American, 1982
Honors/Awards:
  • , President's Award, Hispanic Bar Association of Houston (HISBA), 2021
  • Outstanding Young Men of America, 1983 and 1992
  • Fellow, Texas Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, 2015
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® 
  • Texas Bar Foundation - Life Fellow, 2009-present
  • Fellow, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, 2015
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Scout BSA (formerly Boy Scouts) Troop 48- Asst. Scoutmaster (Girl's Troop), 2021
  • Thomas More Society - Galveston- Houston, President, 2020
  • Assistant Scoutmaster - Troop 48, 2021
  • American Law Institute- Elected member, 2011
  • Boy Scout Troop 598- Assistant Scoutmaster
  • Real Men Pray the Rosary, Inc., Co-founder, 2009–present
  • The Avila Institute of Spiritual Direction- Board of Directors
  • Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, Pastoral Council, 2007-2010
  • McAllen ISD Educational foundation, Board of Directors, 1998 - 2001
  • McAllen- Youth Pony League Baseball, Coach, 1996–2003
  • Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School, Golf Tournament Committee, 1999–2005
  • Boy Scouts of America, Rio Grande Council, Board of Directors, 1998–2001
  • San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, International Trade Committee, Career Amigos
  • St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Chair, Finance Council, 2011-present
  • St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Finance Council, 2009 - Present
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of McAllen, Vice President of Sports, 2005–2006
  • Boy Scouts of America, Troop 598- Houston, Assistant Scoutmaster, 2016-present Troop 7 - McAllen, Assistant Scoutmaster/Chaplain, 2014-2016
  • Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School, Development Council, 1999–2005
  • Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree, 2004
  • Women's Advocacy Project, Board of Directors and Advisory Board of Directors, 1989–1995
  • St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Parishoner Eucharistic Minister, 2008 - Present
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of McAllen, President, 2007–2008
  • McAllen Youth Soccer Association, Assistant Coach, 1996 - 1997
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of McAllen, Treasurer, 2002–2003
  • Knights of Columbus, Third Degree, 2003
  • Texas Rural Legal Aid, Board of Directors, 1994–1996  
Industry Groups:
  • Arbitration
  • Business Litigation
  • Construction
  • Mediation
  • Personal Injury
  • Special Master

Office location for David N. Calvillo

1200 Smith Street
Suite 1400
Houston, TX 77002

Phone: 713-654-9629

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15 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2022

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