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Justice David M. Medina

Senior Counsel


B.S., Texas State University, 1980

J.D., South Texas College of Law, 1989

LL.M, University of Texas - Global Energy, International Arbitration and Environmental Law


Texas Exes Life Member

2017 - Texas State University Karate Hall of Fame

2012- South Texas College of Law Alumni Association Outstanding Public Service Award

2012- Elected President and Chairman Hispanic National Bar Association Judicial Council

2010 - U.S. Martial Arts Hall of Fame

2010 – 2012 National Martial Arts Champion

2012- Commencement Address – Thurgood Marshall School of Law

2011-Advisor UT Hispanic National Bar Association National Championship Moot Court Team

2011-Mexican American Bar Association Community Service Award

2010-National Judge of the Year- Hispanic National Bar Association

Texas Judge of the Year – Mexican-American Bar Foundation of Texas

2008- LexisNexis Person of the Year

2005-Texas Supreme Court Justice of the Year (POLICE)

Commencement Address – South Texas College of Law and Texas Wesleyan Law School

2004- Rising Star Award – Hispanic Bar Association of Texas

Bar Admissions

State Bar of Texas

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the Southern and Western Districts of Texas

Eastern District of Texas


Justice David M. Medina serves as senior counsel in Chamberlain Hrdlicka's commerical litigation section in both our Houston and San Antonio offices.

Justice Medina received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from South Texas College of Law in 1989 while working full time for Cooper Industries, Inc. and the Traveler's Insurance Company before that. He was a member of the ABA National Moot Court Team. Justice Medina also earned academic recognition as a member of the Dean's List.

After graduating from STCL David became the first Cooper attorney to be hired directly after law school. In his capacity as Counsel, Litigation David was responsible for a docket that included environmental, product liability, toxic tort, real estate, insurance coverage and commercial litigation. Justice Medina also taught Advanced Civil Trial Advocacy as an Adjunct Professor at STCL.

In 1996, Governor George W. Bush appointed David to the 157th State District Court. Justice Medina was elected that November and became the first Republican Hispanic Judge elected in Harris County. He was subsequently re-elected.

Justice Medina rejoined Cooper in 2000 as its Associate General Counsel, Litigation. He was responsible for supervising all aspects of complex litigation and product-safety matters throughout the world. During his tenure, Cooper prevailed in every litigation taken to trial or appeal, including a case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In January 2004, Justice Medina returned to public service when he was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve as General Counsel to the Governor. Justice Medina had the privilege of serving the Governor until November of that year, when he was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court. In November 2006, Justice Medina was elected to a full term and served Texas until December 31, 2012. He authored over 90 Supreme Court opinions. In addition to his Judicial duties, David served as deputy-liaison to the Texas Supreme Court Rules Advisory Committee and the Preservation of Historical Court Records.

Since returning  to private practice in January 2013, Justice Medina has successfully represented clients throughout Texas in various trials and appeals. His clients have prevailed in Harris, Montgomery, Galveston, Ft. Bend, Bexar, Hidalgo, Caldwell, Maverick and Travis counties, and the Texas Supreme Court.

Professional Affiliations

  • 2017 - Fellow of the State Bar of Texas
  • The Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas
  • The Texas Bar College
  • Access to Justice - Defender
  • American Bar Association
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Hispanic Bar Association of Houston
  • Mexican American Bar Association of Texas and Houston
  • Asian American Bar Association of Houston



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