David A. McDougald is an experienced commercial litigator who has been lead counsel on cases including real estate fraud and deceptive trade practices, contract disputes, tortious interference, trade secrets, restrictive covenants, construction, property damage, foreclosure, business divorces and Texas Open Meetings Act. He has deep knowledge in legal disputes in industries including oil and gas, construction, real estate and securities.

Mr. McDougald, Of Counsel to The Kim Law Firm, has first-chair experience in the courtroom, in arbitrations, and in briefing and arguing appeals. He has worked on real estate, personal injury, products liability, and general business disputes in Texas, Delaware and federal courts. He’s handled high-dollar cases including a $45 million wrongful death suit and corporate spin-off disputes with up to $700 million at stake. In addition to his trial work, he has assisted clients with many real estate transactions.

He has extensive experience managing cases and staff through discovery, document analysis, exhibit preparation and trial. He previously worked at Grosz & Associates, P.C., The Travis Law Firm, P.C. and Schleider & Associates, and provided valuable contract legal services to other law firms.

Mr. McDougald received his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center and has a B.A. in English from Washington University in St. Louis, where he was a Chancellor’s Honorary Scholar.

He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and is admitted to practice in Texas; the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas; and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

+Areas of Practice

Oil & Gas Breach of Contract

Royalty & Mineral Disputes

Business Litigation

Antitrust Litigation

Breach of Fiduciary Duty

Complex Business Litigation

Complex Commercial Construction Disputes

Contract Disputes

Partnership & Shareholder Disputes

Intellectual Property

International Business

Trade Secrets

Securities Litigation

Tortious Interference


Personal Injury

Injuries to Children

Trucking Accidents

Products Liability

Deceptive Trade Practices

Real Estate

+Bar Admissions
Texas, 1987

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit


University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, J.D., 1987

Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, B.A., English (writing emphasis), Chancellor’s Honorary Scholar, 1983

+Published Opinions

Smith v. Christley, 755 S.W.2d 525 (Tex. App. — Houston [14th Dist.] 1988, writ ref’d n.r.e.).

Stine v. Marathon Oil Co., 976 F.2d 254 (5th Cir. 1992).

Ertel v. 0’Brien, 852 S.W.2d 17 (Tex. App. — Waco 1993, writ denied).

City of Baytown v. C.L. Winter, Inc., 886 S.W.2d 515 (Tex. App. — Houston [1st Dist.] 1994, writ denied).

Baytown State Bank v. Nimmons, 904 S.W.2d 902 (Tex. App. — Houston [1st Dist.] 1995, writ denied).

+Classes/Seminars Taught

Adjunct Professor of Business Law, San Jacinto College, 2002-03.