Burr & Forman

David W. Houston, IV

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  • J.D., University of Mississippi School of Law (2000)
  • B.P.A, University of Mississippi (1997)



  • 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 – Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court – Southern District of Mississippi

  • American Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, "Lawyer of the Year," Litigation - Bankruptcy, Nashville, TN (2022)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2010-2022), Litigation-Bankruptcy (2011-2022)
  • Named, Chambers USA, Bankruptcy/Restructuring Litigation (2014-2021)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, "Lawyer of the Year," Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Nashville, TN (2020)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Bankruptcy: Business (2016-2020)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent© Peer Review Rating
  • Baseball coach for Wookie League teams in the West Nashville Sports League
  • Member of St. Matthews Catholic Church

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Bankruptcy Litigation Commercial / Corporate Litigation Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy Workouts, Restructurings & Enforcement

“My practice is founded on my ability to find practical solutions for complex problems and genuine drive to be a trustworthy guide for my clients.”

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 has also represented trustees and numerous other constituencies in all aspects of Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. Since 2010, he has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for his work in the Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights area.

David comes from a long line of attorneys. Carving his own career path, David has established his ability to connect with his clients, other lawyers, and judges as he solves even the most complex problems for his clients. Beginning with the end in mind, he relies on his service-oriented approach to counseling his clients, ensuring that every decision gets them another step closer to their goals as they move their case. Whether he is handling a bankruptcy case or working through the buying and selling of a company, David leverages his deep connections to assemble the most valuable team for his clients.

When he’s not working, David enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys and following Ole Miss sports.

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