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David M. Medina

Partner

Heritage Plaza
1111 Bagby Street
Suite 2100
Houston, TX 77002
david.medina@nelsonmullins.com

Justice Medina focuses his practice on commercial litigation, appellate law, environmental law and tax controversy litigation. He has experience handling matters related to commercial litigation, appellate law, energy litigation, maritime law in addition to tax controversy, litigation, arbitration, and mediation.

Justice Medina graduated from South Texas College of Law-Houston in 1989 while working full time for...

Justice Medina focuses his practice on commercial litigation, appellate law, environmental law and tax controversy litigation. He has experience handling matters related to commercial litigation, appellate law, energy litigation, maritime law in addition to tax controversy, litigation, arbitration, and mediation.

Justice Medina graduated from South Texas College of Law-Houston in 1989 while working full time for Cooper Industries, Inc. He was a member of the ABA National Moot Court Team and earned academic recognition on the Dean’s List. Justice Medina became the first Cooper attorney hired directly after law school. In his capacity as Litigation Counsel, he managed a docket that included environmental, product liability, toxic tort, real estate, insurance coverage, and commercial litigation. Justice Medina also taught Advanced Civil Trial Advocacy as an adjunct professor at South Texas College of Law-Houston and Appellate Advocacy at the University of Houston Law Center.

In 1996, Governor George W. Bush appointed Justice Medina to the 157th State District Court in Harris County, Texas. He was elected in November 1996 to fill an unexpired term and was subsequently re-elected to a full term in 1998.

Justice Medina rejoined Cooper in 2000 as an Associate General Counsel responsible for all aspects of complex litigation and product-safety matters domestically and internationally. During his tenure, Cooper prevailed in every litigation taken to trial or appeal, including a case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In January 2004 Justice Medina returned to public service following his appointment by Governor Rick Perry to serve as General Counsel to the Governor. He served in this capacity until his appointment to the Texas Supreme Court in November 2004. Justice Medina was subsequently elected to a full term and served Texas through December 2012. He authored more than 90 Supreme Court opinions during his tenure. In addition to his Judicial duties, he served as deputy-liaison to the Texas Supreme Court Rules Advisory Committee and the Preservation of Historical Court Records.

Since returning to private practice law in January 2013, Justice Medina has successfully assisted litigants throughout Texas in state district courts, courts of appeals, the Texas Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Cooper Industries, Inc. He was a member of the ABA National Moot Court Team and earned academic recognition on the Dean’s List. Justice Medina became the first Cooper attorney hired directly after law school. In his capacity as Litigation Counsel, he managed a docket that included environmental, product liability, toxic tort, real estate, insurance coverage, and commercial litigation. Justice Medina also taught Advanced Civil Trial Advocacy as an adjunct professor at South Texas College of Law-Houston and Appellate Advocacy at the University of Houston Law Center.

In 1996, Governor George W. Bush appointed Justice Medina to the 157th State District Court in Harris County, Texas. He was elected in November 1996 to fill an unexpired term and was subsequently re-elected to a full term in 1998.

Justice Medina rejoined Cooper in 2000 as an Associate General Counsel responsible for all aspects of complex litigation and product-safety matters domestically and internationally. During his tenure, Cooper prevailed in every litigation taken to trial or appeal, including a case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In January 2004 Justice Medina returned to public service following his appointment by Governor Rick Perry to serve as General Counsel to the Governor. He served in this capacity until his appointment to the Texas Supreme Court in November 2004. Justice Medina was subsequently elected to a full term and served Texas through December 2012. He authored more than 90 Supreme Court opinions during his tenure. In addition to his Judicial duties, he served as deputy-liaison to the Texas Supreme Court Rules Advisory Committee and the Preservation of Historical Court Records.

Since returning to private practice law in January 2013, Justice Medina has successfully assisted litigants throughout Texas in state district courts, courts of appeals, the Texas Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Justice Medina focuses his practice on commercial litigation, appellate law, environmental law and tax controversy litigation. He has experience handling matters related to commercial litigation, appellate law, energy litigation, maritime law in addition to tax controversy, litigation, arbitration, and mediation.

Justice Medina graduated from South Texas College of Law-Houston in 1989 while working full time for... Cooper Industries, Inc. He was a member of the ABA National Moot Court Team and earned academic recognition on the Dean’s List. Justice Medina became the first Cooper attorney hired directly after law school. In his capacity as Litigation Counsel, he managed a docket that included environmental, product liability, toxic tort, real estate, insurance coverage, and commercial litigation. Justice Medina also taught Advanced Civil Trial Advocacy as an adjunct professor at South Texas College of Law-Houston and Appellate Advocacy at the University of Houston Law Center.

In 1996, Governor George W. Bush appointed Justice Medina to the 157th State District Court in Harris County, Texas. He was elected in November 1996 to fill an unexpired term and was subsequently re-elected to a full term in 1998.

Justice Medina rejoined Cooper in 2000 as an Associate General Counsel responsible for all aspects of complex litigation and product-safety matters domestically and internationally. During his tenure, Cooper prevailed in every litigation taken to trial or appeal, including a case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In January 2004 Justice Medina returned to public service following his appointment by Governor Rick Perry to serve as General Counsel to the Governor. He served in this capacity until his appointment to the Texas Supreme Court in November 2004. Justice Medina was subsequently elected to a full term and served Texas through December 2012. He authored more than 90 Supreme Court opinions during his tenure. In addition to his Judicial duties, he served as deputy-liaison to the Texas Supreme Court Rules Advisory Committee and the Preservation of Historical Court Records.

Since returning to private practice law in January 2013, Justice Medina has successfully assisted litigants throughout Texas in state district courts, courts of appeals, the Texas Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Experience

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  • Shareholder, National Law Firm in Houston, Texas
  • Texas Supreme Court Justice, State of Texas
  • General Counsel, Texas Governor Rick Perry
  • Cooper Industries, Inc., Associate General Counsel, Litigation
  • Harris County, Judge of the 157th District Court
  • More than 90 Supreme Court of Texas Opinions 
  • Commencement Address, Thurgood Marshall School of Law
  • Commencement Address, South Texas College of Law and Texas Wesleyan Law School

Education

  • South Texas College of Law Houston, JD (1989)
  • Texas State University, BS (1980)
  • University of Texas, LLM, Global Energy, International Arbitration and Environmental Law (2017)

Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Practice Areas

Industries

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  • Member, Texas Exes Life
  • 6th Degree Black Belt, Kajukenbo
  • 1st Degree Black Belt, Taekwondo
  • Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Association
  • Best Lawyers in America® (2021, 2023-2024)
  • "Top Lawyer,” Houstonia Magazine (2019-2022)
  • Texas State University Martial Arts Hall of Fame (2017)
  • South Texas College of Law Alumni Association Outstanding Public Service Award (2012)
  • U.S. Martial Arts Hall of Fame (2011)
  • Mexican American Bar Association Community Service Award (2011)
  • National Justice of the Year, Hispanic National Bar Association (2010)
  • Texas Justice of the Year, Mexican American Bar Foundation of Texas (2010)
  • Texas Supreme Court Justice of the Year (POLICE) (2005)
  • Rising Star Award, Hispanic Bar Association of Texas (2004)
  • Collegiate State Martial Arts Champion (1978-1980)
  • Fellow, State Bar of Texas
  • Fellow, Houston Bar Association
  • Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Bar College
  • Defender, Access to Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Honorary member, Asian American Bar Association of Houston
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Hispanic Bar Association of Houston
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Mexican American Bar Association of Texas and Houston
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Advisor, UT Hispanic National Bar Association National Championship Moot Court Team
  • Youth Select baseball coach
  • Board of Directors, Austin Sound Waves
  • Commissioner, Harris County Hispanic Cultural Heritage Commission
  • Former member, Houston METRO Board