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Dave Polsinelli focuses his practice on commercial litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. He regularly handles disputes involving contracts, real estate, oil & gas, construction, and trade secrets. Dave has worked on several appeals and jury trials with successful results. While Dave takes pride in achieving victories for his clients in court, he also enjoys helping clients find solutions that do not require litigation.  Dave’s work has been recognized by Texas Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), as he was named a Rising Star for the years 2019-2023—an accomplishment that is afforded to no more than 2.5% of lawyers in the State of Texas.

Dave received his law degree from South Texas College of Law. While at South Texas College of Law, he competed in numerous moot court competitions around the country—winning a national championship, along with several brief writing and speaking awards. He also participated as an assistant instructor in the Langdell Scholar program, a Case Note Editor for the Corporate Counsel Review, and a Member of the South Texas Law Review.

After graduating from law school, Dave served as a Judicial Clerk for Justice John P. Devine of the Texas Supreme Court.



  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association: Appellate Practice Section
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas: Appellate Section


Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America – Commercial Litigation, BL Rankings, 2024
  • Texas Super Lawyers – Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, 2019-2024
  • Order of Barristers
  • Order of Scribes
  • Order of Lytae
  • Dean’s Outstanding Advocate Award
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award (highest grade) in Torts I, Legal Research & Writing II, Insurance, and Secured Transactions
  • 2012 National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Tournament: Champion, Best Respondent Brief, 5th Best Speaker
  • 2013 National Labor & Employment Law Moot Court Competition: Finalist, Best Petitioner Brief
  • 2013 National First Amendment Moot Court Competition: 2nd Best Speaker


Publications & Presentations

  • Author: Lis Pendens Notices: Is it Time for a Change in Texas Law? (2022)
  • Author: What the COVID-19 pandemic means for your contract or lease in Texas (2020)
  • Author: Illinois court holds that force majeure clause excuses restaurant from full rental payments during COVID-19 restrictions (2020)
  • Speaker/Author: Ten recent cases from the Texas Supreme Court that have nothing to do with the COVID-19 pandemic but could still impact your practice (2020)
  • Speaker/Author: SLAPP-Awareness:  What you need to know to identify a potential Anti-SLAPP claim before it’s too late (2019)​
  • Author: Untangling the Web: A More Guided Approach to Student Speech on the Internet, 54 S. TEX. L. REV. 779 (2013)



  • J.D. summa cum laude, South Texas College of Law
  • B.A. in Political Science, University of Connecticut
  • B.S. in Finance, University of Connecticut

Admissions & Certifications

  • State Bar of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas