David Cabrales is a renowned litigator with broad experience representing clients in government and commercial litigation matters. He frequently represents financial institutions, securities broker-dealers, retailers, and life and health insurance companies in traditional and complex litigation, as well as in arbitration proceedings. David also counsels clients in matters before state government, and he provides representation to businesses in litigation matters initiated by state attorneys general.
David previously served as general counsel to Texas Gov. Rick Perry from 2007 to 2009 and, along with his legal team, provided advice to the governor and the governor’s staff on a variety of topics at the intersection of law and public policy. He also served as principal economic development advisor for the governor and helped administer the Texas Enterprise Fund, the Emerging Technology Fund, Texas One and other programs in the governor's economic development portfolio. In addition, Gov. Perry appointed David to the Texas Economic Development Corporation in 2010 and in 2014, and David served as chairman from 2010 to 2012. David is also a member of the bipartisan Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee (FJEC), which is composed of leading Texas attorneys who screen and recommend to the senators nominees for vacancies on the federal bench and in U.S. attorney offices in Texas.
A graduate of Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, David began his legal career as a briefing attorney to Texas Supreme Court Justice Raul Gonzalez.
Other Court Admissions — Texas State Courts
U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
U.S. Supreme Court
— Chief legal advisor to Gov. Perry on bills passed by the Texas Legislature in the 81st Regular Session (2009)
Principal contact for Gov. Perry with the Office of the Attorney General on all legal matters, including constitutional challenges to: the scope of the governor's power to act via executive order; the lethal-injection form of execution; Confederate memorial plaques removed from the Texas Supreme Court building; and citizenship requirements for in-state tuition benefits for military veterans
Represented health insurer in disputes arising over alleged violations of prompt-payment requirements
Represented numerous life insurance and annuity companies in class action and mass action litigation with policyholders over allegedly fraudulent sales practices
Represented several National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD)-licensed broker-dealers, market makers and clearing companies in a variety of federal securities and state law tort claims asserted in federal court, state court and NASD arbitration
Represented the largest franchisor in its industry in a variety of legal matters raised by competitors and franchisees
Responsible for overseeing the Texas Enterprise Fund and state Emerging Technology Fund, and for advising the Texas Economic Development Corporation and TexasOne