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.

Honors & Awards

•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer
Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation-Bankruptcy (2010-2016)
Chambers USA, Leading Practitioner in Bankruptcy Litigation (2014-2015)
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


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

(615) 724-3215 (615) 724-3215
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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 Tennessee
US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
US District Court - Middle District of Tennessee
US District Court - Northern District of Mississippi
US District Court - Southern District of Mississippi
U.S. District Courts for the Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama
US District Court - Eastern 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

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Contact Information

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

Burr & Forman LLP (Nashville, Tennessee)