David W. Houston, IV

David W. Houston, IV (Nashville, Tennessee)

David W. Houston, IV

Attorney in Nashville, TN
David is a business bankruptcy lawyer who represents secured creditors and other lenders in commercial bankruptcy proceedings, out of court restructuring, and state and federal court receiverships. David has also represented corporate debtors, creditors committees, trustees and numerous other constituencies in all aspects of Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.

David practices with the firm's Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy group. His experience focuses on commercial bankruptcy matters, including the representation of secured and unsecured creditors, committees, defendants in preference actions, corporate debtors and parties involved in out of court restructurings and state and federal receiverships.

David is admitted to practice in Tennessee (2000), Mississippi (2001), the U.S. District court, Middle (2001), Eastern (2004), Western (2007) Districts of Tennessee and the U.S. District court, Northern (2009) and Southern (2009) Districts of Mississippi as well as the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (2002). Mr. Houston is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association (past chair of the Bankruptcy Section Executive Council), the Nashville Bar Association (past chair, Bankruptcy Court Committee; past chair, Local Rules Sub-committee), the Mississippi Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Mid-South Commercial Law Institute (Director, 2003-2008), American Bankruptcy Institute (past Co-Chair, Ethics and Professional Compensation Committee; past Co-Chair, Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop) and a current board member of the Turnaround Management Association Tennessee Chapter. He has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for his work in the Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights area since 2010.

David earned his J.D., 2000, from the University of Mississippi School of Law, and his B.P.A in Criminal Justice Administration, 1997, also from the University of Mississippi.

Personal Q & A

What is your favorite thing about the law?
The practice of law always presents something new and challenging.

What was your first job?
Street Department for the City of Aberdeen, MS.

What are your hobbies?
Golf, running, water skiing, guitar

What advice would you give to a young student in law school?
Work hard but have fun.

How do you spend your weekend?
Spending time with my wife, Kara, and our two sons, David V and James Rhett, while trying to squeeze in the occasional round of golf.

Speaking Engagements

January 19, 2015
David Houston to Speak at the American Bankruptcy Institute New Orleans Consumer Bankruptcy Conference

Burr & Forman Nashville-based Partner, David W. Houston IV, will speak at the American Bankruptcy Institute New Orleans Con

Honors & Awards

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer
Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation-Bankruptcy (2010-2015)
Chambers USA,Leading Practitioner in Bankruptcy Litigation
Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Star, Business/Corporate Law (2013)

Community Involvement

Baseball coach for Wookie League teams in the West Nashville Sports League
Member of St. Matthews Catholic Church


“David Houston is very thorough and responsive. He has developed a good understanding of my company's needs and expectations, and works to anticipate those needs in advance. David is very knowledgeable about a number of topics.”

-Chambers 2012


Orlando Business Journal: 6 Things You Need to Know Before Filing Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
Burr Alert: Denial of Plan Confirmation and Finality - Supreme Court's Resolution of Circuit Split May Apply to Chapter 11
Cure and Reinstatement of Home Mortgages in Chapter 13: Florida's Bright-Line Rule is Not So Bright
American Bankruptcy Institute Journal: Applicability of USTP Guidelines to Bankruptcy Administrators
Burr Alert: Who Will Think of the Tenants: Split in Authority Regarding the Interplay Between Bankruptcy Code Sections 363(f) and 365(h)(1)(A)


Burr & Forman's David Houston Chosen President-Elect of Tennessee's Turnaround Mgmt Association
Six Burr & Forman Attorneys Selected Among Mid South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for 2014
Burr Partners Named Among 2013 Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

(615) 724-3215 (615) 724-3215
Client Rating N/A
Peer Rating 4.5 of 5

Areas of Law

Areas of Law
  • Workouts & Restructurings
  • Bankruptcy-Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation

Peer Rating

Peer Rating

Overall Peer Rating

in Bankruptcy, Litigation and Debtor and Creditor
4.5 out of 5.0
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Communication Ability
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  • Meets very high criteria of general ethical standards
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Experience & Credentials

Firm Details
Admission Details
Admitted in 2000, Tennessee
2001, Mississippi
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court - Middle District of Tennessee
U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Tennessee
U.S. District Court - Northern District of Mississippi
U.S. District Court - Southern District of Mississippi
U.S. District Court - Western District of Tennessee
Additional Payment Information
Fixed Hourly Rates
Fixed Fees Available
Law School Attended
University of Mississippi School of Law
Class of 2000
University Attended
University of Mississippi
Class of 1997
Criminal Justice Administration
Birth Information
Born in 1975
Associations & Memberships

Professional Associations

American Bar Association
Tennessee Bar Association
Nashville Bar Association
Mississippi Bar Association

Community Contributions

Community Contributions
Articles Blogs Q&A

Contact Information

Contact Information
Firm Address
Burr & Forman LLP
511 Union Street, Suite 2300,
Nashville, TN 37219
(615) 724-3215
Office Information
Office Information
David W. Houston, IV
Burr & Forman LLP
511 Union Street, Suite 2300,
Nashville, TN 37219

Burr & Forman LLP (Nashville, Tennessee)