David Drez represents clients in Texas and across the United States in a broad range of commercial disputes. A seasoned trial lawyer, he counsels clients in matters involving royalty disputes, breach of contract, non-compete agreements, fraud, and bankruptcy-related litigation. His experience extends through all phases of litigation at the trial and appellate levels and in industries including energy, real estate, transportation, and construction.
David has earned the respect of his clients and opponents alike for being a dedicated problem solver and determining the best course of action while obtaining the best possible result for his clients. Both straightforward and respectful, David provides honest advice on legal options in the context of a specific dispute. He has built long-term relationships of trust with his clients, balancing overall business goals with strategies for successfully litigating a particular case.
Before joining Wick Phillips, David spent 11 years at a large, Texas-based international law firm, where he was a partner in the firm’s Fort Worth office. Immediately following law school, David served as a Judicial Clerk for the Honorable James T. Trimble, Jr., United States District Court Judge for the Western District of Louisiana.
- Texas Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly (2013-2018)
- Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine (2018)
- 360 West Magazine, Top Attorney (2017)
- Senior Articles Editor, SMU International Law Review Association
- Lead trial counsel representing royalty owners in 2012 suit against Chesapeake Energy Corporation regarding improper calculation and payment of royalties under an oil and gas lease. Obtained judgment for damages and attorney’s fees for more than $1 million.
- Lead trial counsel in bankruptcy trial in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware, successfully defeated $8 million claim against the Debtor’s estate related to its facility that manufactured fire and emergency vehicles. American LaFrance, LLC v. RT Jedburg Commerce Park, LLC, No. 08-10178 (BLS), Adversary No. 10-51245, United States Bankruptcy Court, D. Del., aff’d Civ. No. 11-1273-RGA (U.S. District Court, D. Del. (2012)).
- Lead trial counsel in federal fraud trial concerning the sale of fiber optic products. Obtained jury verdict of approximately $12.5 million. Kevin M. Ehringer Enterprises, Inc. v. McData Services Corporation, No. 3:06-CV-812-L, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas; rev’d at 646 F.3d 321 (2011).
- Lead defense counsel representing oil and gas company in multiple suits arising out of wildfires that occurred in the Texas Panhandle in 2006. More than twelve separate cases were filed in six different counties with over 100 separate plaintiffs. In re Cano Petroleum Wildfire Litigation, No. 07-0593 (Tex. MDL 2008).
- Royalty Clause Construction in Texas: Is Hyder part of the Heritage or More Surplusage? An update on Texas cases discussing postproduction costs and lease interpretation. CLE (April 15, 2016)