David S. Elder

Of Counsel


David Elder represents primarily creditors in bankruptcy, workouts and foreclosure matters, especially in the real estate, oil and gas, and chemical refinery sectors. Often called in by Texas lenders to restructure single asset or multiple asset portfolios, David is equally in demand by out of state institutions who have been referred to him by current and former clients.

He has recently handled lien priority disputes, represented landlords who own tracts of land they have leased and now have trouble with the tenants, and handled foreclosures on real and personal property.  David is known for his 24/7 availability, and readiness and capacity to answer even the most difficult questions.


Professional Affiliations

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Houston Bar Association
  • Member, Bar Association of the 5th Federal Circuit

Community Involvement

  • Coach, West University Little League, Softball League and Soccer Association
  • Member, Rice University Alumni Association
  • Member, St. John’s School Annual Fundraising
  • Former President, Friends of Fondren Library

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized, IFLR1000
    • Financial Restructuring, Oil and Gas & Real Estate (2018)
  • Recognized, AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™


  • J.D., The University of Texas School of Law (1975), with honors
  • B.A., Rice University (1972)


  • Texas State Courts (1975)
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Texas (1975)

Representative Matters

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Represented global contractor in the design and construction of drilling and work over rigs for the onshore and offshore oil and gas industries, in trademark infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets, resulting in a favorable settlement
Represent major energy company in the drafting and negotiation of the purchase of producing and non-producing mineral properties in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas totaling approximately $160,000,000
Lead trial counsel, obtained temporary restraining order and receivership for bank client to control and manage the debtor hotel from improperly disbursing revenue