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About Me

Founding member of the Elrod firm, David W. Elrod has more than 30 years of experience with trying complex commercial, business and bet-the-company cases.

His extensive trial background includes representing both companies and individuals in a wide variety of commercial and business litigation, including the prosecution and defense of claims relating to oil and gas, insurance, real estate, bankruptcy, director and officer liability, indemnity, employee whistleblowers, professional malpractice, and fraud.

His exceptional success—including being one of the few attorneys in Texas to defend a company by trying a civil RICO case to verdict—has earned him numerous distinctions. He has been recognized as a “Texas Super Lawyer” for nine straight years, and in 2008 was named as one of only fifteen “Defenders” by the Dallas Business Journal. In addition Mr. Elrod was recognized by D Magazine as one of the "Best Lawyers in Dallas" for 2011.  Mr. Elrod is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honor accorded to less than one percent of attorneys licensed to practice in any jurisdiction.


Practice Areas


  1. Litigation: 80%
  2. Oil & Gas: 10%
  3. Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: 10%



Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • Barbara L. Wohlrabe

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Barbara Wohlrabe Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Sara J Krumholz

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Sara Krumholz Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact Info

Elrod, PLLC

500 North Akard Suite 3000
Dallas, TX, 75201


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 197809/19/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Texas Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Texas Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Best Lawyers in DallasD Magazine2011
Texas Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Who''s Who in EnergyDallas Business Journal2011
Texas Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Texas Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2009
Texas Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2008
DefendersDallas Business Journal2008
Texas Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2007
Texas Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2006
Texas Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2005
Texas Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2004
Texas Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2003
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing MemberElrod, PLLC2003 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Dallas Bar AssociationMemberN/A
United States Court of Appeals, Fourth CircuitMemberN/A
United States Tax CourtMemberN/A
Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western District Courts of TexasMemberN/A
State Bar of TexasMemberN/A
American Bankruptcy InstituteMemberN/A
Federal Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Bar Association of the Fifth CircuitMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
United States Court of Appeals, Fifth CircuitMemberN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATIONAward in favor of the corporation for $16.1 million
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Publication NameTitleDate
LexisNexis™ Bankruptcy BlogState Taxes and Bankruptcy – Does the Court Have Jurisdiction2013
Litigation Commentary, Litigation Counsel of AmericaCo-Author, "Fact or Fiction: Are There Less Jury Trials & Trial Lawyers? If So, What Do We Do About It?"2010
Texas Association of Defense CounselSpeaker and Co-Author, "Fact or Fiction: ARE THERE LESS JURY TRIALS & TRIAL LAWYERS? IF SO, WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT IT?"2009
Dallas Business Journal, Section BThe Defenders: Top Business-Defence Lawyers in the DFW Metroplex2008
American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) JournalCo-Author, "Oakwood Homes: Arguments Against theStrict Discounting of Damages to Petition Date"2008
Lorman Education Services publicationCo-Author, "Turning Statistics into Evidentiary Facts: Ruse or Reality"2005
State Bar of TexasSpeaker and Author,“Insurance and Bankruptcy: It’s All Clear as Mud, A Basic Primer”2001
University of Houston Insurance LawSpeaker and Author, "ETHICS AND THE TRIPARTITE RELATIONSHIP: Disclosure of Confidential Information and the Right to Control the Litigation"1997
Dallas Bar AssociationSpeaker and Author, “Moving Targets: Attorney Disqualification and Malpractice Liability Resulting from Conflicts of Interest”1997
National Business Institute SeminarSpeaker and Author, "ETHICS IT’S LEGAL, BUT IS IT RIGHT?"1996
Dallas Bar AssociationSpeaker and Author, “Lawyers in the Cross-Hairs: Disqualification & Malpractice Liability Resulting from Conflicts of Interest”1996
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Oklahoma College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Oklahoma State University, StillwaterUrban Planning and Public AdministrationBS - Bachelor of Science1974