David Gibson is a former Dallas County trial judge, a certified rescue diver, and a lover of sharks – actual sharks, not the metaphorical kind. From the puppy-like nurse sharks of the Caribbean to the big “nibblies” of the Great Barrier Reef, Gibson would rather be underwater swimming with sharks, than above water fighting the two-legged kind at the courthouse. Fortunately, Gibson excels at both, having made close to a thousand dives, and tried over 600 cases from both sides of the bench.
The son of a Navy brat, Judge Gibson was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, went to college in San Antonio, and ventured off to upstate New York for law school. After three years without good Mexican food, Gibson came home to Texas and joined the second-largest law firm in the world. It took him a year to figure out he hated that job and another year to escape to a smaller firm where he learned how to try lawsuits under some great courtroom warriors. In 1998, Gibson was elected to the bench without opposition and continued his real-time training presiding over cases involving billions of dollars in dispute and some of the best lawyers in Texas.
Preferring to be in the game over calling balls and strikes, in 2003, Judge Gibson founded The Gibson Law Group, where he has worked ever since, representing real people and entrepreneurs in business litigation, commercial and consumer fraud, real estate, and business acquisitions. While Gibson still loves trying cases, his professional passion is client service and mentoring up-and-coming entrepreneurs.
When not helping others succeed in business, Judge Gibson travels the world with his lovely Aussie bride, Michelle, swimming with sharks, trolling art galleries, and playing Texas Hold’em.
- Business and Commercial Litigation
- Contracts and Business Support
- Commercial and Consumer Fraud
- Ussery v. Armstrong & Camak, $12,000,000 judgment for client. Defendants conspired to steal client’s printing business through a series of fraudulent transactions and documents. Verdict Search recognized this judgment as the largest fraud verdict in Texas for 2009.
- Niamatali v. Irby, $8,221,623 judgment for client. Defendant persuaded client to invest $500,000 in a fraudulent securities transaction. Defendant was later sentenced to federal prison for securities fraud.
- Nu-You Technologies v. Bee Sales, successfully set aside $1,184,000 judgment against client in federal court. Case settled thereafter for pennies on the dollar and a licensing agreement.
- Jaffri v. Sheikh, $386,763 judgment for client. Defendant held himself out as an experienced money manager and persuaded client to make a series of loans to defendant, which he never repaid. Judgment recovered in state court and again in federal bankruptcy court.
- Harvey v. Farmers Insurance, $350,000 jury verdict for client. Case settled for a confidential sum prior to punitive damages stage. Client’s home burned down. Farmers denied claim asserting that client started the fire.
- Surani v. Nathoo, $203,000 judgment for clients. Defendants induced client to invest in a pizza franchise and then absconded with the money.
- Pacific Fuel Distributors v. Confidential, $187,936 judgment for client in arbitration. Defendant breached fuel supply agreement following condemnation of Defendants’ property. 4-day arbitration.
- Burns v. Redden, $150,000 judgment for client. Defendant, a local police chief, and his wife, sold a home to client, but failed to disclose prior flooding.
- Lopez v. Timeless Restaurants, take-nothing judgment for client. Client, which owned a chain of Denny’s restaurants, was accused of wrongful discharge by former assistant manager. After a trial before the court, client prevailed on all claims.
- Patterson v. White, $60,000 fraud judgment for client. Defendant conned elderly woman into loaning money to his fly-by-night business and never repaid.
- Burns v. Branstetter, $50,000 judgment for client. Defendant sold client a home, but failed to disclose prior flooding onto the property. Case filed suit in state court, but later removed to and tried in federal court.
- Green v. Collins, $33,000 plus judgment for client. Lawyer blew the statute of limitations in a California lawsuit. After a trial before the court, client prevailed on all claims. Judgment upheld on appeal.
- Cornell Law School, J.D., with honors and a concentration in advocacy, 1991. While at Cornell, David won the prestigious First Year Moot Court Competition, worked in the Cornell Legal Aid Clinic, and served on both the Moot Court Board and as Executive Editor of the International Law Journal.
- Trinity University in San Antonio, B.A. in economics with honors, 1987.
- State Bar of Texas, Judicial Section, Member, 1998 – present
- Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, Member and Past Director, 2003 – present
- Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow, 2002 – present
- Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2002 – 2007
- William ‘Mac’ Taylor American Inn of Court, Master, 1999 – 2007
- United States Supreme Court
- Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
- United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas
- United States District Court for the Northern District of California
- United States District Court for the District of Arizona