David W. Hodges
I was born in McAllen, Texas, but spent the majority of my life living in the Houston area. My family moved out to Cypress when I was seven. By the time I went to Cy-Fair Senior High School, my rural school system had become a little more urban. People often ask me what made me go to law school. I went to law school because of a mock trial we did in my senior government class. Although I thought I wanted to be a doctor, I discovered that my true calling in life was to be an attorney.
After graduation, I joined the Corps of Cadets and attended Texas A&M University. While I soon discovered that I really wanted to practice law for a living, the Navy had other plans for me first. As a NROTC scholarship recipient, I had to fulfill my obligation to the Navy before I could attend law school. Upon graduation, I was commissioned in the Navy, sent to the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center and then promptly sent to the Fleet, where I almost immediately deployed to the Persian Gulf. During Desert Storm, I often worked 20 hour days as an Aviation Intelligence Officer. I would find a few minutes each day to read law school guides. My passion for the law grew daily. I was finally able to take that passion to the University of Houston Law Center after transferring from active duty to the Navy Reserves.
At the University of Houston, I discovered that there was more to being an attorney than trying cases. However, trying cases was and still is my passion. After Galvin Kennedy and I won our intramural mock trial tournament, we joined the mock trial team, where I competed in Nationals for two years. During that time I also served as a reserve intelligence officer, an editor of the Houston Journal of International Law, and the Chief Baron of the law school's honor society. I graduated with honors in the top 10% of my law school class.
After graduating from law school, I worked for several defense firms. Eventually, my enthusiasm for the law grew into enthusiasm for "the little guy." I believed that my talents would be put to better use if I began representing victims rather than the victimizers. So, Galvin Kennedy and I started Kennedy Hodges LLP.
Some of my case results include the following:
- Successfully represented a class of hundreds of janitors in 13 states.
- Successfully represented a large class of employees who worked at multiple call centers for an international telecommunications company. The case was certified as a collective action by a federal judge.
- Successfully represented dozens of waiters and kitchen staff who worked at upscale chain of South American cuisine restaurants in Houston.
- Successfully represented large class of employees at a metal factory who were misclassified as independent contractors.
- Besides being Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, I am AV Peer Review Rated, a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, named a Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011, and named a Top Lawyer and Professional on the Fast Track by H Texas magazine (2005 - 2006).
- I have been interviewed by both local and national news organizations over the years. I have also worked on legislative efforts to protect the rights of Texans. I currently serve as the Panel Chair for the District 4A Grievance Committee, where I hear and rule on complaints filed against attorneys. I have served on various Houston Bar Association, Houston Trial Lawyers Association and Texas Trial Lawyers Association committees because I believe it is important for lawyers to give back to the community.
Areas of Practice
- 18-Wheeler Truck Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Birth Injuries
- Pharmacy Malpractice
- Industrial Accidents
- Products Liability
- Recalled Product
- Commercial Litigation
- Breach of Contract
- Tortious Interference
- Business Disparagement
- Unfair Competition
- Theft of Trade Secrets
- Negligent Misrepresentation
- Breach of Fiduciary Duty
- Deceptive Trade Practices
- Construction Litigation
Certified Legal Specialties
- Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
- U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
- University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas
- Honors: Top 10% of Graduating Class
- Honors: Champion, Hippard Mock Trial Tournament
- Honors: Order of the Barons (Law Center's Honor Society)
- Honors: Member, National Order of the Barristers
- Law Journal: Houston Journal of International Law, Editor
- Law Journal: Chief Baron of the law school's honor society, Editor
- Texas A&M University
- Honors: Member, Corps of Cadets
- Honors: NROTC Scholarship Recipient
- Honors: Distinguished Student
Honors and Awards
- Texas Monthly and Thomson Reuters named him a Super Lawyer, 2006 - 2011
- Named as "Top 100 Trial lawyers for 2011" by The National Trial Lawyers Association, 2011
- Lawyers Lifetime Achievement Society (Multi-Million Dollar Member), 2011
- Million Dollar Advocates Forum Member
- AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
- Named one of Houston's Top Lawyers by H Texas Magazine, 2005 - 2006
- Named a Professional on the Fast Track by H Texas Magazine, 2005 - 2006
- Recipient, Sea Strike Intelligence Officer of the Year Award
- Named a Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters, 2006 - 2011
Professional Associations and Memberships
- The State Bar of Texas, Member
- Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, Member
- The College of the State Bar of Texas, Member
- Texas Trial Lawyers Association, TTLA PAC Chair
- Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Former Director
- Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Advocates
- Christian Trial Lawyers Association, Member
- Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Director
- Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists
- District 4 Grievance Committee, Panel Chair
Past Employment Positions
- United States Navy, Intelligence Officer
- Mayor, Day, Caldwell & Keeton, L.L.P. (Andrews & Kurth, L.L.P.)