Texas State University, B.S. (1980)
South Texas College of Law, J.D. (1989)
University of Texas - Global Energy, International Arbitration and Environmental Law, LL. M. (2017)
2019 - Named a "Top Lawyer" by Houstonia Magazine
Texas Exes Life Member
5th Degree Black Belt - Kajukenbo
1st Degree Black Belt - Taekwondo
2017 - Texas State University Martial Arts 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
2011 - 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
1978-1980 - Collegiate State Martial Arts Champion
State Bar of Texas
United States District Courts for the Southern, Western and
Eastern Districts of Texas
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
Justice David Medina serves as a shareholder in Chamberlain Hrdlicka's commercial 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 South Texas College of Law, David became the first Cooper attorney hired directly after law school. In his capacity as Counsel for 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 South Texas College of Law.
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 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.
- Fellow of the State Bar of Texas
- Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas
- Texas Bar College
- Access to Justice - Defender
- American Bar Association
- Asian American Bar Association of Houston
- Hispanic National Bar Association
- Hispanic Bar Association of Houston
- Houston Bar Association
- Mexican American Bar Association of Texas and Houston
- Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
- December 2019
- Chamberlain Hrdlicka 2nd Annual San Antonio Tax and Business Planning Seminar - November 6, 2019 at Wyndham San Antonio RiverwalkNovember 6, 2019
- Houston Business Journal, May 22, 2019
- May 15, 2019
- March 26, 2019
- December 2018