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David M. Gottfried

Litigation Attorney at Austin, TX

5.0   37 reviews

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About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    50%
    Real estate agent representation, partnership disputes, class actions, deceptive trade practices, business fraud

    10 years

  2. Business
    25%
    Business formations, start-up counseling, lease and contract negotiations

    10 years

  3. Real estate
    25%
    Real estate contracts, leases, real estate litigation

    10 years

Licensed for 33 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1989
Updated 10/23/2022
State GA
Status Inactive Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1989
Updated 11/03/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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The Gottfried Firm, P.C.
1505 West Sixth Street
West Sixth Place
Austin, TX, 78703-5133

Reviews

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Posted by Byron | May 13, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
David is a real straight shooter.
As mentioned in the title, David is a real straight shooter. We obtained legal consultation from him and he didn't waste anyone's time in telling us our consultation was related to, but outside of his exact area of expertise. He explained to us that if we hired him he would need to familiarize himself with the subject matter, and that would require additional time on the case and therefore additional expenditure. He then recommended 2 attorneys who do practice in the subspecialty in question, offered a refund and upon being emailed 2 weeks later gave 2 more attorneys he recommended who could help. Some lawyers are dishonest, and do nothing more than pad their billable hours. I'd like to think that most lawyers have integrity and are honest. David however is a cut above the rest. His honesty, and candor are unparalleled by any other attorney I've ever worked with (which is a handful), and in hindsight I would have hired him on the spot 2 weeks ago, regardless of the additional money needed to bring him up to speed on the subject matter. David's level of integrity is hard to find in a profession which already prides itself and generally does pretty well in this trait.
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Posted by anonymous | December 27, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent representation
David is highly knowledgeable and was a strong advocate on my behalf. Perhaps even more importantly, he was realistic with me upfront about what the process was going to be like, what outcomes I could expect and the ways he could help. Through a frustrating process of dealing with an irrational opposing party and unreasonable opposing counsel, David did an excellent job of moving my legal action forward to a successful conclusion. I recommend David in the strongest terms.
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Posted by San | June 25, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Fantastic lawyer, and very knowledgeable on residential leasing
Extremely knowledgeable, great listener, finds several creative solutions. I was considering doing a sublease for a room in a house, and asked David to look over several lease/sublease documents for me. Not only did he save me from accidentally being responsible for rent on an entire house, he made several modifications to the sublease that made sure my rights were as respected as those of the other tenants. He also made sure that I didn't enter into a master lease that would've made me vulnerable to shouldering unfair obligations. He provided several solutions in the form of legal wording and advice on the lease signing process. He was intelligent, easy to talk to, listened, and cared. I give my highest recommendation!
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Posted by Sharif D | June 19, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Unauthorized Car Towed ...Very Knowledgeable and Dependable Lawyer
My case was about unauthorized car towed and the towing company had charge me even though it was not my fault. I was going back and forth the towing company but things was not resolve. I turn to David Gottfried for advise and he help me on this case for FREE yes for FREE and what to say he was so prompt and aggressive in his work that i receive my refund in less than 24 hours with an personal apology from the owner . David help me save my hard earn money and also help from bullies done by this towing company. I would highly highly recommend everyone to seek his expert advise . I wish i could give him 10 star . Thank you David.
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Posted by Monica | February 15, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Sorted out a messy real estate lawsuit for a winning outcome
Gottfried and Jurgen helped me win a pretty messy real estate lawsuit. They listened carefully, did a quick research on the most difficult points, and came up with the key points to help me state my case to the judge. After hearing my case, the judge agreed with The Gottfried Law Firm. Their one hour consultation fee saved me thousands of dollars. Worth every penny!
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Posted by Wendy | September 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Gottfried Firm
I showed up to the office very concerned & full of worry in regards to a past real estate transaction. Meghan was BEYOND helpful & full of advice in only our consultation. I knew immediately that I wanted to hire The Gottfried Firm! The team is full of confidence & knowledge. They guided me through this unknown territory & answered all of my questions - No matter how silly. I will never hesitate to refer them or hire them again should I ever need. There are simply no words to do justice for how grateful I am for The Gottfried Firm!
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Posted by Wayne | November 19, 2013
David provides excellent advice; legal and business; a huge asset to our business
David was referred to us when the attorney we had totally dropped the ball in a very important matter. David got us back on track and successfully argued our case and won. That was about 15 years ago. He has been our attorney since. We have referred many business owners to him. We have had many legal matters over the years David has counseled us on. Some of the best advice we ever received was "Walk away. Go back to your business and focus on what you do best. You were wronged. We can win in court. But it is a waste of your time and money." Advice like this has proven to be invaluable. I highly recommend him. He is a very valuable member of our professional team who help us succeed.
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Posted by Richard | November 6, 2013
Commercial Litigation
David Gottfried represented my interests in a complex commercial dispute. Prior to David, I had retained two attorneys who had attained a high degree of professional achievement; i.e., a former Judge and the other a Texas Super Lawyer. Nevertheless, after four years of litigation, I was advised that a favorable outcome for my lawsuit was not attainable. This prompted me to seek new representation and after many inquiries I selected David based upon his reputation for honesty, integrity, and his extensive knowledge of the law. Upon examining my case file, David discovered that neither of my previous attorneys had pursued the applicable law that governed my transaction. In vain, for four years, they had pursued meritless DTPA and Common Law claims when they should have pursued the causes of action provided by the Uniform Commercial Code. Expeditiously, David revised my Petition and claims; he advocated and defended numerous Motions, attended hearings before the Court, conducted several depositions and then set the matter for trial. The opposition was a prominent Austin business, represented by an accomplished attorney with one of the largest law firms in Texas. It was a hard fought issue, involving material sums of money; David didn’t just hold his own, he pummeled his opponent and prevailed on the matter. What David accomplished exemplifies how incomparable he is. David has the ability to obtain favorable results in a cost effective manner. He is competent, diligent, kind and humorous, with integrity second to none. He promptly returned my phone calls, explained legal issues clearly and placed my interests above his own. David is a genuinely nice person, an exceptional attorney, and I unreservedly recommend his legal services to others.
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Posted by Jorge | November 1, 2013
High Recommend
If you need a quick-thinking litigator, David's your guy. He's a joy to watch in the courtroom, especially if you're his client. He's very creative and will often come up with unique solutions to your problem. He's high-integrity and I would highly recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Chris | October 31, 2013
David helped us when others would not.
David took my case after my previous lawyer dropped the ball. He helped my wife and I reach a settlement on our case in a timely manner. We discussed our case more with him in the first week, than we did with our previous lawyer in the two years prior. I would highly recommend him to all of my friends and family.
Posted by Mary Lynne | October 29, 2013
The Real Estate Attorney of Choice
In my seven years as a Real Estate broker for a large firm, David has served as the attorney that get's the job done and is always attentive to our needs. No detail is overlooked when it comes to preparing for depositions, responses to demands or mediation. I hold David to the highest esteem when it comes to honesty, integrity and ethics.
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Posted by Robert | October 25, 2013
My highest recommendation
After finding myself in a partnership dispute and meeting with a few attorneys that I felt were not a good fit for me, I was given David's name from a good friend a mine. That friends sister happens to be a Judge in Austin, so I had a great deal of confidence in the recommendation. After meeting David, I knew within a minute that he was going to be my attorney. He immediately comes across as professional and intelligent with a sincere interest in solving your problem. As this was my first experience with litigation, I naturally had many questions and concerns that were answered in a straightforward fashion that was easy to understand. David was always quick to return my phone calls and emails and even showed up at my home one morning when I was panicking over the case. In the end, the resolution of the case was exactly what I had hoped for. In large part, this was due to David's meticulous approach and attention to detail. I hope to never need David's service again for a partnership dispute, but I know I'll be in good hands if I do. The Gottfried Law Firm has my highest recommendation
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Posted by Linda | October 22, 2013
A man of integrity
David is not only a man of exceptional character, but also a true professional. He is extremely competent, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. I am a client of his for life, and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for unsurpassed legal representation.
Posted by Harry | October 21, 2013
I trust and value David's advise.
I have worked in a business capacity with David for the last 5 years. He has given sound, practical advice during that time. I respect that he does not advise the course of action that earns him the most hours. His guidance has always been the "right" course of action. He fosters long term relationships with his clients. In general, I do not trust many people. David has earned my trust. I would have no problem going to him with any issue large or small, personal or business. In fact, I have done both. I would strongly recommend David to my friends and family. Good people are hard to find, David is one.
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Posted by Tim | October 18, 2013
Extremely Competent and Knowledgeable
I met David in 2009 when he taught an MCE class I attended. At the time, he struck me as being very intelligent and extremely knowledgeable. A few months later I became a defendant in a lawsuit, and in need of an attorney. I immediately called David and briefly explained the situation to him. After the conversation, I felt a huge weight had been taken off my shoulders knowing he was on my side. My wife and I met with him at his office a few days later, and again, his calm demeanor combined with his competent knowledge of law left us both feeling relieved. He explained exactly how he was going to proceed, then kept us updated at every step of the way. Thanks to David, the case was dropped and never went to court. I really couldn't have been in better legal hands. Since then, David has helped me with corporate formation and filing, and contract negotiations. He has always been readily accessible and easy to reach by phone or email, and I have found him to be extremely trustworthy, reliable, responsive and competent. I have readily referred business associates and friends to David and will definitely continue to do so.
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Posted by anonymous | October 18, 2013
Partnership resolution
David is a great listener and has excellent ability to understand, clarify and solve issues which have been in conflict within a partnership. I'm thankful for his forthrightness and persistence to "get it done."
Posted by Bill | October 18, 2013
One of those special people who are the best at what they do.
David represented me in a lawsuit with my HOA. Although almost every party involved in the lawsuit felt certain that it would "never go to trial" - when it did, I was advised to retain David due to his trial experience and I can say that was some of the best advice I've ever received. David is one of those people you automatically like the first time you meet him. He is a busy lawyer, but he always responded (timely) to any question I had and when it was clear that the lawsuit was to go before a jury trial, David got to work and showed why he was the person my trusted advisor suggested for the job. Without going into all the details, let me say this. Some people in this world are lucky enough to find their calling and they become one of the best at what they do. David is one of those people - he was born to be lawyer. He connected with the jury and it was clear to them and everyone else involved in this lawsuit that he truly believed in the cause he was fighting for on my behalf. He was better prepared than our opposition, he was passionate about the arguments he presented before the jury, he was polite, but VERY effective in his cross examination of witnesses and simply put - he "hit it out of the park" during the trial. David won my case for me and the jury also awarded me a substantial amount in attorney's fees. It was an absolute pleasure to watch him at work, especially during the trial - thank goodness I had him on my side. As I mentioned before, it is a joy to be associated with people who are one of the best at what they do, and David is one of those people. There aren't enough stars in the "overall rating" section of this referral for me to adequately show how strongly I feel about David M. Gottfried as a world class attorney and possibly more importantly, a sincere and caring person of the highest standard of integrity.
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Posted by Stephen | October 17, 2013
Highly Recommend David Gottfried
David represented me in a real estate contract case. He walked me through the sometimes confusing legal process. I felt well informed regarding the status of the case and all communication with opposing counsel. His calm competent demeanor in the court room strengthened the case. He proposed ‘out of the box’ ideas that ultimately led to a positive verdict. I would highly recommend David.
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Posted by Marleta | October 17, 2013
Offense and Defense
David has handled a variety of legal needs for me, from corporate filings, employment agreements, and defending against a law suit. In each case David has provided exceptional representation. Aggressive when called for, and able to bring sides together when possible. I highly recommend David, especially for court battles. He's a lawyer you want on your side!
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Posted by Britten | October 17, 2013
A phenomenal, trust worthy, and intelligent Lawyer!
David is absolutely phenomenal. He responds to emails and phone calls in a timely manner and makes sure you understand what is going on during the lawsuit process. David is genuine and professional, he makes sure that you will get everything you deserve plus some. I truly could not have settled my lawsuit without his help. You will not be disappointed if you decide to hire Mr. David Gottfried!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-325 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-45%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Contract Partner
  • Cantey Hanger, LLP
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Senior Associate
  • Leonard Hurt Terry & Blinn, P.C.
  • 1989 - 1996

Education

  • Emory University School of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 1989
  • Emory University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986

Legal Cases

  • Defended Real Estate Agents
  • Verdict for Defendants plus $157,000 in attorney's fees
  • Suit Against HOA on Short Term Rentals
  • Verdict for Defendant/Counter-Plaintiff

Associations

  • Travis County Bar Association
  • 1992 - Present
  • Khabele School Board
  • Past Vice Chair
  • 2010 - 2013

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
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Publications

  • Austin Institute of Real Estate
  • Mediating Real Estate Disputes
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Continuing Real Estate Education
  • Mediating Real Estate Disputes
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (2)
Endorse David
Litigation Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. David and I worked on a case earlier this year and I found him to be tenacious and detail oriented. His work was exceptional and a true benefit to his client."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I first met David in the midst of an extremely emotional and controversial case in which he emerged as the sole rational and reasonable voice on the the opposing side that led to a resolution of what everyone thought was an intractable case. I would not hesitate to hire him as a business litigator or as a mediator and I endorse this lawyer without reservation."
Business Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David Gottfried is my "Go To" lawyer when I have a client who is involved in starting a business or when the client's business needs a smart and tenacious litigator to handle whatever needs to be handled. And David is not only tough, he's a nice guy, a family man, and very well-respected by the Judges in our community."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the privilege of working with David Gottfried on several matters in recent years and have had the opportunity to watch him in action as a counselor, strategist, and trial lawyer. David offers his clients very practical, no-nonsense advice about how to resolve their legal disputes and, if a resolution out of court is not possible, he is prepared to go to the mat for them through trial. David is a very effective advocate and is well respected by his peers and the judges who hear his cases. I highly recommend him."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have served as co-counsel with David and I frequently refer cases to him. Frankly, I can't say enough good things about him. He does a great job of helping clients understand both the practical and legal aspects of their situation, and he always begins by looking for creative and practical solutions before turning to more expensive legal options. In the courtroom, David is skillful and effective. I've even seen a judge compliment David from the bench and instruct opposing counsel that David "is one of the good lawyers." Highly recommend."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"David is one of the hardest working, knowledgeable lawyers I have had the privilege of working with. I strongly endorse him for any litigation matter."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Mr. Gottfried through a contentious issue that ended after multi-day mediation. He was cool, calm, and several steps ahead of the game the entire time. He was able to consult with the mediator as a fellow mediator and explain why his position was both fair and strategic in a way that enabled the mediator to further the matter effectively."
Real estate Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. David is an honorable man and a very capable adversary,"
Litigation Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse David. I first worked on a lawsuit with David more than 10 years ago. By working with David on a highly complex lawsuit, I learned what a diligent and highly skilled trial attorney he was. Since that time, I have consulted with and for David on numerous lawsuits and legal issues. The most telling endorsement is that I would with happily refer my friends, family, and clients to David. He is one of the truly good trial attorneys."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is more than just a highly skilled litigator and mediator. He has a gift for breaking down highly complex fact patterns and communicating them in an understandable fashion. He is a very tough fighter when fighting is necessary. At the same time, he has the experience to know when a fight is warranted and when other paths should be explored. I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Gottfried over several years on a number of different matters. I highly recommend and endorse him."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with David both as opposing counsel and as counsel with a similar (though not aligned) position. He is thorough, knowledgable, quick, and ethical. He is one of the best lawyers I have ever tried a case with. Both cases I had with David were administrative contested case hearings on water utility rates."
Real estate Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known David Gottfried as a fellow attorney since 1998. I have worked in collaboration on cases with David and have referred many clients to him. David is a fantastic attorney for cases in Fraud, Civil Disputes, Real Estate, Construction, Business and Mediation. Every client I have referred to David have told me that he exceeded their expectations. David is also a friend and very well received by the courts in Travis County. I highly recommend David Gottfried's services to any who have a legal matter."
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Austin Litigation Lawyer David M. Gottfried
David M. Gottfried
Litigation Attorney
Austin, TX
Licensed for 33 years