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David A. Chaumette

David A. Chaumette

Phone:         (281) 786-0502

David Chaumette represents corporations in numerous industries on litigation matters pending across the United States.  Those matters have included oil and gas, securities, software licensing, and employment–related disputes.  He has tried several cases to jury verdict has prosecuted appeals.  He is also a leading lawyer on issues related to electronic discovery and data management.  Mr. Chaumette, who has previously been a partner at two international law firms, is also a perennial “Super Lawyer” and “Rising Star.”  Mr. Chaumette holds degrees in aerospace engineering from Princeton University and Stanford University and his law degree from The University of Chicago Law School.

Representative Matters
  • Litigation against a publicly-held company and its officers against claims of commodities fraud,
  • Representation of a publicly-held company (specifically, extensive work related to electronic discovery) against securities fraud claims of over five billion dollars,
  • Advising clients on records management system implementations, given heightened requirements developing as to corporate records,
  • Coordination of the acquisition of easements for ethene pipeline construction across three counties involving over sixty parcels of land,
  • Oversight of collections efforts related to discovery in a multidistrict litigation,
  • Litigation on behalf of companies against its former consultants and employees on issues related to trade secrets and other protected materials,
  • Coordination of national defense efforts for a window manufacturer against product liability claims in 15 states, and
  • Representation of the purchaser of a bankrupt entity’s assets as part of that entity’s plan of reorganization.
Selected Articles:
  • David A. Chaumette, co-author, Back-Up Tapes, Metadata and ‘Delete’: Questions Surround Proposed Federal E-Discovery Rules, Texas Lawyer, April 4, 2005.
Selected Presentations:
  • “E-Discovery: Legal Issues and Practical Challenges,” State Bar of Texas CLE, 31th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course, Fall 2011.
  • “Common Pitfalls in E-Discovery” State Bar of Texas CLE, Suing and Defending Governmental Entities, July 2008.
  • “Electronic Discovery Update,” State Bar of Texas – Texas Minority Attorney Program, May 2008.
  • “Litigation Update / Daubert Update,” State Bar of Texas, January 2008.
  • “E-Discovery After the New Federal Rules,” West Legalworks, September 2007. 
  • “Electronic Evidence,” State Bar of Texas CLE, 30th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course, Fall 2007.
  • “Settlement Thoughts and Strategies,” University of Houston Law Foundation, April 2007.
  • “Morgan Stanley: An E-Discovery Tale Gone Bad,” SHB E-Discovery Program for IT Professionals and Corporate Counsel, November 2006.
  • “Lawyer as Fortune Teller: Avoiding Tomorrow’s Sanctions Today,” Fios/Compliance Resources, November 2005; Podcast. 
  • “Keeping Your Secrets Secret: Covenants Not to Compete and Trade Secrets in Texas,” Advanced Employment Law Institute, University of Houston CLE, August 2004.
  • “Electronic Discovery: Treasure Trove or Sinkhole,” Litigation Tactics Seminar, University of Houston CLE, March 2004 & July 2004.
  • “Personal Jurisdiction and the Internet,” ABA Conference: A National Institute on Representing High Technology Companies, San Francisco, California, November 13, 1998.
Awards and Honors:

In 2011, Mr. Chaumette received the Standing Ovation award from the Texas Bar for his service to TexasBarCLE.  In 2009, Mr. Chaumette was recognized as an Extraordinary Minority in Texas Law by Texas Lawyer Magazine.  The following year, the State Bar recognized him for his extraordinary contributions to continuing legal education programs across the state.

In 2004,  Mr. Chaumette was named as one of the Five Outstanding Young Houstonians by the Houston Junior Chamber of Commerce and one of the Five Outstanding Young Texans by the Texas Junior Chamber of Commerce.  That year, he was also selected as a Volunteer of the Year by both the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council and Volunteer of the Year of Aspiring Youth of Houston.  In 2005,  Mr. Chaumette was named to Visitors Committee of the South Texas College of Law in Houston.  In 2003,  Mr. Chaumette was admitted into the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas because of his commitment to pro bono work.  In 2006,  Mr. Chaumette  was named one of the 500 New Stars by  He has also been named “Texas Rising Star” and a "Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics Magazine.for several consecutive years.

Professional Affiliations:
Mr. Chaumette has also been the President or Chair of several organizations, including the Houston Young Lawyers Association, Leadership Houston, and the Houston Lawyers Foundation, and First Colony Little League.

Education & Bar Admittance:

Mr. Chaumette is admitted to practice before the state courts of Texas, the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas and the District of Colorado, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.  Dave received his J.D. degree from the University of Chicago Law School, his M.S. degree from Stanford University (Aeronautics/Astronautics), and his B.S.E., cum laude, from Princeton University.