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David is a franchise, trademark, and appellate attorney who handles a diverse range of legal matters which include both transactional and litigation issues. David focuses the majority of his practice on providing counsel to both franchisors and franchisees on the various aspects of franchise law by using a full-perspective approach and considering each client’s unique business system in developing legal strategies. He frequently assists business owners with identifying and protecting intellectual property, as well as the processes necessary to comply with federal and state franchise disclosure, registration, and business opportunity laws, including preparation of federal franchise disclosure documents, state-specific notice and registration applications, negotiation of multi-unit franchise transactions, and preparation of franchise and licensing agreements.


To maintain an unusually balanced practice, David also maintains an ongoing role in litigation, with special emphasis on appellate issues, such as dispositive motions, jury charge preparation and argument, preservation of error, and other matters likely to be taken on appeal. He has provided litigation support for numerous trial-level cases and has briefed and presented oral argument in several appeals to the Texas courts of appeal and the Texas Supreme Court.





Practice areas


  1. Franchising: 60%
    8 years
  2. Intellectual Property: 30%
    8 years
  3. Appeals: 10%
    8 years

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  • Justin Marshall Sparks

    I endorse this lawyer. Very smart and professional. I highly recommend.


    Justin Sparks Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Christopher Chad Lampe

    I endorse this lawyer. David is an extremely intelligent individual and an excellent attorney. He is the recognized expert in regards to franchising in the DFW area.


    Christopher Lampe Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

DL Pratt, PC

PO Box 1299
Aledo, TX, 76008


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200710/19/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Legal EagleFranchise Times2014
Rising StarTexas Super LawyersN/A
Top LawyerFort Worth, Texas MagazineN/A
Brief-Writing AwardScribes Am. Soc. of Legal WritersN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyDL Pratt, PC2014 - Present
AttorneyDecker Jones McMackin McClane Hall & Bates, PC2007 - 2014
Association namePosition nameDuration
Tarrant County Bar Association, Appellate Law SectionChair2011 - 2012
State Bar of Texas, Appellate SectionCo-chair, Website Committee2008 - 2011
Eldon B. Mahon American Inn of CourtAssociate Member2008 - 2010
International Franchise AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of TexasMemberN/A
Tarrant County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Franchise InfoFTC Eliminates Franchisors' Exclusive Territories2013
Franchise InfoWhat Can Apple Teach Franchisors About Being Distinctive?2013
Fort Worth Business PressTexas Legislature to Consider Uniform Trade Secrets Act2013
Fort Worth Business PressFranchise Development: Creating Turn-Key Business Systems2010
Fort Worth Business PressPursuing Natural Gas Opportunities in Louisiana2009
Texas Wesleyan Law ReviewSeverance vs. Servitude: Understanding the Differences in Texas and Louisiana Mineral Law2009
Texas Wesleyan Law ReviewFantasy Sports and the Right of Publicity: A Case for Viewing Dissemination of Player Statistics as Fair Use of the News2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Texas Wesleyan UniversityLawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)2007
University of TexasFinanceBachelor of Business Administration2004
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Plaid for Women RadioSo You Want to Buy a Franchise?2013
Legal Issues in Business Formation and ExpansionFranchising for the Non-Expert2013
Weaver & Tidwell CPE ProgramFranchise Systems: The Role of the Accountant2012
Johnson County Bar AssociationFranchise Law for the Non-Franchise Lawyer2012
Urban Gas Drilling SymposiumSeverance vs. Servitude2009
Fort Worth-Tarrant County Bar AssociationTrucking Litigation: In it for the Long Haul2008