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.

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

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)


“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

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 Alert: Make 'Em Pay! Sovereign Nation or Not
Burr Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Issues Ruling in In re Bellingham

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

Speaking Engagements
David Houston to Speak at the American Bankruptcy Institute New Orleans Consumer Bankruptcy Conference


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.

(615) 724-3215
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Areas of Law

  • Workouts & Restructurings
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Bankruptcy-Litigation


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in Bankruptcy, Litigation and Debtor and Creditor
4.5 out of 5.0

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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

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  • 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

    Contact Information


    (615) 724-3215




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    David W. Houston, IV
    700 Two American Center 3102 West End Avenue,
    Nashville, TN 37203


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