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David E. Keltner

David E. Keltner

Practice areas:

Appeals, Litigation, Environmental and Natural Resources

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About Me

Formerly a Justice on the Texas Court of Appeals, David Keltner is lead counsel in well over 100 appellate decisions. His legal writings are cited, with approval, by Texas courts.

Mr. Keltner is recognized for his appellate accomplishments. He was honored by Texas Lawyer as the "Go To" appellate lawyer in Texas. Texas Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters service published by Texas Monthly, selected him as one of the Top 10 Lawyers in Texas for the last seven years in a row. He was the "Top Point Getter" in Texas 2009-2011. The Texas Bar Foundation honored him with the inaugural Gregory S. Coleman Outstanding Appellate Lawyer Award.  Mr. Keltner is also recognized on the national stage as a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, one of only 300 in the country.

Mr. Keltner served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas.  He was also Chair of the Litigation Section and the College of the State Bar of Texas, as well as Chair of the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation.

The Texas Supreme Court appointed Mr. Keltner to a number of its committees. He served on the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee from 1993-2000 and was appointed Chair of the Texas Supreme Court Discovery Task Force. He was also a member of the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee for Professionalism that drafted the Texas Lawyer’s Creed.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1975

  1. Appeals: 50%
  2. Litigation: 40%
  3. Environmental and Natural Resources: 10%

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Contact Info

Kelly Hart & Hallman

201 Main Street
Suite 2500
Fort Worth, TX, 76102

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 197508/25/2015

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top AttorneyFort Worth, Texas Magazine2014
Top 10 Lawyers in TexasTexas Super Lawyers2014
Top AttorneyFort Worth, Texas Magazine2013
Top 10 Lawyers in TexasTexas Super Lawyers2013
Top AttorneyFort Worth, Texas Magazine2012
Top 10 Lawyers in TexasTexas Super Lawyers2012
Gregory S. Coleman Outstanding Appellate Lawyer of TexasTexas Bar Foundation2012
Top AttorneyFort Worth, Texas Magazine2011
Top 10 Lawyers in TexasTexas Super Lawyers2011
Top 10 Lawyers in TexasTexas Super Lawyers2010
Top 10 Lawyers in TexasTexas Super Lawyers2009
Top AttorneyFort Worth, Texas Magazine2009
Top AttorneyFort Worth, Texas Magazine2008
Top 10 Lawyers in TexasTexas Super Lawyers2008
Jim D. Bowmer Professionalism AwardCollege of the State Bar of Texas2007
Top 10 Lawyers in TexasTexas Super Lawyers2007
Go To Appellate LawyerN/A2006
Merit in 2003N/A2003
Outstanding LawyerThe Texas Bar Foundation2002
Dan R. Price Memorial AwardN/A2002
Gene Cavin AwardN/A2002
Outstanding Law Review ArticleN/A1986
Outstanding Young Lawyer of TexasN/A1984
One Of The 100 Best Lawyers in TexasN/AN/A

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Litigation Counsel of AmericaTrial Lawyer Honorary Society2014 - 2014
Tarrant County Bar AssociationPresident-Elect2014 - Present
Tarrant County Bar AssociationVice President2013 - 2014
Texas A&M University School of LawDean’s Advisory Council, Chair2013 - Present
Tarrant County Bar AssociationSecretary/Treasurer2012 - 2013
Tarrant County Bar AssociationDirector2009 - 2012
Trinity Valley SchoolBoard of Trustees, President2009 - 2012
Trinity Valley SchoolBoard of Trustees2001 - 2013
Texas Wesleyan University School of LawDean's Advisory Council2000 - 2012
State Bar of TexasBoard of Directors, Chair1999 - 2000
SMU Dedman School of LawExecutive Board1998 - Present
Tarrant County Bar AssociationDirector1997 - 2000
The University of Texas McDonald ObservatoryBoard of Visitors1997 - Present
Tarrant County Bar AssociationDirector1990 - 1995
American Academy of Appellate LawyersFellowN/A
American Academy of Appellate LawyersFellowN/A
Texas Board of Legal Specialization CertificationBoard Certified, Personal Injury Trial LawN/A
Texas Board of Legal Specialization CertificationBoard Certified, Civil Appellate LawN/A
State Bar of TexasMemberN/A
American Bar FoundationLife FellowN/A
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMemberN/A
American Board of Trial AdvocatesN/AN/A

Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
17 St. Mary’s L.J. 273"Protecting the Record for Appeal: A Reference Guide in Texas Civil Cases"1986
34 Sw. L.J. 1131"Trying the Trier of Fact: Jury Misconduct in Texas"1981

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southern Methodist UniversityLawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)1975
Trinity UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1972

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
UT Law Annual Conference on State and Federal Appeals"Jury Charge Update"2015
UT Law CLE Conference on State and Federal Appeals“Oral Argument: Organization and Preparation”2014
Texas Bar CLE Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course"Jury Charges"2014
Houston Bar Association Annual Conference on ADR“Appellate Mediations”2014
UT Law CLE Conference on State and Federal Appeals"Getting the Charge Right & Charge Error Preservation”2013
Texas Bar CLE Practice Before the Texas Supreme Court"Respondent's Best Strategies in the Supreme Court,"2013
Texas Bar CLE 5th Annual Damages in Civil Litigation Course“Defenses to Damages: Prerequisites to Damages”2013
State Bar of Texas Webinar"Getting the Charge Right"2013
Houston Bar Association“Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law,”2013
UT Law CLE Conference on State and Federal Appeals"Voir Dire Update – When to Challenge for Cause and How to Preserve Error"2012
Texas Bar CLE Advanced Personal Injury Trial Course"Preservation of Error"2012
Texas Bar CLE Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course"Harmless Error—Really?"2012
Texas Bar CLE 35th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course"Continuing Developments in Jury Selection"2012
State Bar College Summer School"Preservation of Error"2012
Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course"Attorney Client Work Product"2012
Texas Bar CLE Practice Before the Texas Supreme Court"How to Convince the Supreme Court to Overturn Adverse Precedent"2011
Texas Bar CLE Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course"Bench Trials: Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law"2011
Texas Bar CLE 34th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course"Challenges for Cause in the Jury Selection Process: When a Person Can/Can't be Rehabilitated Judicial Perspective"2011
State Bar College 13th Annual Summer School"Trying Cases to the Trial Court: Findings of Fact & Conclusions of Law Update"2011
State Bar College Summer School"Post-Judgment Collections and Enforcement of Final Judgments in Texas"2010
State Bar College Spring Training"The Future of Law Practice"2010
BNSF Conference"Preservation of Error"2010
24th Annual Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course"Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law: Do They Really Matter?"2010
University of Texas CLE 19th Annual Conference on State and Federal Appeals"Mandamus: Nine Months After McAllen Medical Center and We Survived"2009
Texas Bar CLE Practice Before the Texas Supreme Court"Respondent's Strategies in the Supreme Court"2009
Texas Center for the Judiciary Winter Regional Conference"Privileges and In Camera Inspection"2008
Texas Bar CLE Cause of Action Law Course"Suing and Defending Against Fraud"2008
Texas Bar CLE 7th Annual In-House Counsel Course"Attorney-Client Privilege"2008
Texas Bar CLE 31st Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course"Joint Defense/Common Interest Privilege: Convenient Memories are No Longer a Defense"2008
Texas Bar CLE 22nd Annual Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course"No Evidence Review, The Scope and Standard of Legal Sufficiency Review After City of Keller"2008
Judicial Section Annual Conference"Voir Dire after Cortez and Hyundai"2007