David W. Houston, IV


Burr & Forman LLP
222 Second Ave South
Suite 2000
Nashville, TN 37201

Tel: (615) 724-3215

Email: dhouston@burr.com
Web: www.burr.com

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.

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.

Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, “Lawyer of the Year,” Litigation – Bankruptcy, Nashville, TN (2022)
  • Named, Lawdragon 500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy and Restructuring Lawyers (2022)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, “Lawyer of the Year,” Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Nashville, TN (2020)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2010-2023), Litigation-Bankruptcy (2011-2023)
  • Named, Chambers USA, Bankruptcy/Restructuring (2014-2022)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Bankruptcy: Business (2016-2021)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent© Peer Review Rating

Burr & Forman’s commitment to the changing needs of lenders and creditors is evidenced by its substantial Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy practice.  We have one of the largest bankruptcy practice groups in the Southeast with over 40 attorneys concentrating in this area of law.

For decades, Burr & Forman attorneys concentrating in creditors’ rights have been actively involved in major bankruptcy proceedings in the Southeast and beyond. Our work began with an emphasis on representing major secured lenders in Chapter 11 bankruptcies but our practice has evolved far beyond its initial role.

Our experience is extensive in the mining, food and beverage, manufacturing, real estate, health care, agriculture, retail, and construction industries. On the creditor side we represent financial services institutions, asset-based lenders, and local, regional, and national banks. We serve as counsel to REITs, equipment sellers and lessors.

Along with our expanding representation in creditors’ rights cases, we also counsel and represent business entities experiencing financial distress. Our attorneys have substantial experience in the representation of business debtors including manufacturers, educational institutions, professional services organizations, retailers, real estate developers, and health care providers in workouts and insolvency proceedings.

For more than a century, Burr & Forman LLP’s experienced legal team has served clients at the intersection of business and government with local, national, and international interests in numerous industry and practice areas, ranging from commercial litigation and class actions to corporate transactions, including bankruptcy and restructurings. A Southeast regional firm with 350 attorneys and 19 offices in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, Burr & Forman attorneys draw from a diverse range of resources to help clients achieve their goals and address their complex legal needs. The firm operates as Burr Forman McNair in North Carolina and South Carolina.