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David N. Calvillo

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Houston, TX

Chamberlain Hrdlicka
1200 Smith Street, Suite 1400
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-658-1818
Fax: 713-658-2553
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2022
Licensed in Texas Since: 1989
Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Tax: Business, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Civil Litigation: Defense, Construction Litigation: Business
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Attorney Profile

David Calvillo 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 a dynamic and rapidly growing practice in tax controversy and tax litigation.

David serves on the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas. The State Bar of Texas is governed by a board of directors with 46 voting members from across the state who volunteer their time and professional experience to address issues of concern to the entire legal profession in the State of Texas. He also serves as the immediate Past-President of the St. Thomas More Society of Houston, on the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston, and as an Elected Member of the American Law Institute. David previously served 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, and as a member of the Council of the Hispanic Issues Section of the State Bar of Texas. He also previously served as the Chair of the region’s State Bar of Texas’ Grievance Committee. 

David is also perennially rated as AV Preeminent by his peers through the profession's gold standard Martindale-Hubbell listing. 

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’ and daughter's Boy Scout and Scouts BSA Troops. 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.


* AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used 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 confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

Certificates and Credentials

About David N. Calvillo

First Admitted: 1989, Texas

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Pro bono/Community Service

  • Boy Scout Troop 1288- Assistant Scoutmaster
  • Scout BSA (formerly Boy Scouts) Troop 48- Asst. Scoutmaster (Girl's Troop), 2021
  • American Law Institute- Elected member
  • 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  

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 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


  • 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)


  • 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

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

Industry Groups

  • Arbitration
  • Business Litigation
  • Construction
  • Mediation
  • Personal Injury
  • Special Master
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Office Location for David N. Calvillo

1200 Smith Street
Suite 1400
Houston, TX 77002

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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