David M. Bond

David Bond practices in the Litigation Group at the firm’s Houston office and has more than 30 years of experience as a litigator.

David Bond practices in the Litigation Group at the firm’s Houston office and has more. than 30 years of experience as a litigator. Over the years, his practice has covered the full spectrum of commercial and business litigation, including contracts, business torts, and securities, as well as antitrust, civil RICO, shareholder oppression, lender liability, and insurance coverage disputes. David has managed appeals and arbitrations, and has defended or conducted governmental and internal investigations. David’s practice is heavily focused on antitrust matters, particularly in the area of patents and trade secrets.

When representing a client, David aims to use creative, innovative, practical, and costeffective solutions to solve complex problems and disputes. He has tried a number of jury and non-jury matters to verdict in both state and federal courts.

David has been recognized by his peers as an accomplished trial attorney, which recognition includes the highest professional and ethical rating of AV “Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell. He was also named Texas Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters from 2006 to 2011, and a Top Lawyer for 2017 by Houstonian Magazine.


  • Represented a large multinational oil field services firm in various class actions brought to challenge its acquisition of a solutions provider of offshore construction, engineering, and project management.
  • Represented multiple plaintiffs in a mineral deed construction lawsuit pending in Liberty County, Texas, concerning disputed annual royalty payments in the many millions of dollars.
  • Defended a leading Mexican industrial company’s U.S. subsidiary against federal action brought in California by an investment bank alleging fraud, breach of contract, and violations of unfair trade practices statutes.
  • Represented a Texas-based oil and gas engineering firm in connection with an investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission into purported overstatements of oil reserves by a publicly traded exploration and production company.
  • Defended a seismic data processing company in a case brought by its largest competitor against claims that the company had misappropriated intellectual property contained in the competitor’s processing software programs: after a threeweek trial, the jury found for the company and against the competitor on all claims.
  • Defeated an injunction request of holder of preferential purchase right seeking to halt the initial public offering of the client’s subsidiary: obtained a dismissal in subsequent arbitration of a $300 million damage claim.
  • Represented a pipeline company in a lawsuit brought by owners of two cogeneration plants alleging that the pipeline’s use of “transport or pay” provisions in long-term transportation contracts violated antitrust laws: obtained summary judgment after a short period of discovery, defeated the plaintiff’s $24 million damage claim, obtained validation of numerous other gas supply contracts having an aggregate value in excess of $1 billion, and subsequently obtained affirmance on appeal.
  • Represented several officers and directors before the Securities and Exchange Commission.



  • Coauthor, “Achieving Expectations: How to Make an Attorney Development Program Work for You,” Texas Bar Journal, June 2006.
  • Coauthor, “Private Remedies,” in 2002 Annual Review of Antitrust Law Development (American Bar Association, 2003).
  • Author and speaker on civil RICO, antitrust, commercial litigation, and SarbanesOxley.



  • Texas Court of Appeals Decides Major Mineral Ownership Row, December 22, 2017, Energy Law Today – David M. Bond
  • Important Revisions To Federal Corrupt Practices Act Enforcement Policy, December 6, 2017, Energy Law Today – David M. Bond
  • Does The Antitrust Guidance For Human Resource Professionals Criminalize No Poaching Agreements? September 28, 2017, Law in the Workplace— David M. Bond
  • Antitrust Guidance from the DOJ and FTC for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, September 19, 2017, Energy Law Today – David M. Bond
  • Does Harvey Give You An Excuse: Force Majeure And Related Contract Doctrines, September 18, 2017, Energy Law Today—David M. Bond
  • The FCPA: Energy Companies Doing Business Internationally Must Be Proactive, August 10, 2017, Energy Law Today , – David M. Bond
  • DOJ And FTC Issue Joint Guidelines For Human Resource Professionals, November 7, 2016, Law in the Workplace – David M. Bond
  • Trade Secret and Non-Competition Lawsuits in the Energy Industry-Continued, November 2, 2016, Energy Law Today – David M. Bond
  • Trade Secret and Non-Competition Lawsuits in the Energy Industry, October 12, 2016, Energy Law Today— David M. Bond
  • Federal Class Action Serves as Warning to Oil and Gas Industry, March 7, 2016, Energy Law Today—David M. Bond



  • An Overview of the Law of Indemnity and The Texas Oilfield Anti-Indemnity Act”, KRCL Litigation Tool Kit, February 2017
  • “Basics of Contract Drafting”, presented at the FUCI Conference, Houston, Texas, September 15-16, 2016
  • “Specialty Contracts: Confidentiality Agreements”, presented at the EUCI Conference, Houston, Texas, September 15-16, 2014
  • “What To Do When the Feds Come Knocking on Your Door”, presented at Burleson LLP and Fitts Roberts & Co.’s International Corporate Compliance Issues Seminar, Houston, Texas, November 15, 2012
  • Coauthor, “Privileges and Work Product: How to Get Information and How to Protect It”, presented at the University of Houston CLE, July 2009
  • “Understanding the Limits of Non-Competitive Agreements”, presented at Burleson LLP CLE
  • “Proving Damages in Commercial Litigation”, presented at the University of Houston CLE
  • “Lawyers and the Obligation Not to Lie”, presented at the South Texas College of Law CLE
  • Conversation with Securities Litigators, panel moderator at the State Bar of Texas CLE



  • Commercial & Banking Litigation Newsletter, Former Co-editor
  • American Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow



  • University of Houston, Former Adjunct Professor of Law (antitrust)

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