Mr David Sterling > Baker Botts L.L.P. > Houston, United States > Lawyer Profile

Baker Botts L.L.P.
TEXAS 77002-4995
United States

Work Department

Litigation / Securities & Professional Liability Litigation Group / White Collar & Corporate Investigations Group


David Sterling is the former Chair of Baker Botts’ Litigation Department, having previously served as the head of the firm’s Securities and Shareholder Litigation group. He principally represents companies and their officers and directors in securities class actions, derivative lawsuits, suits challenging mergers, and in proxy litigation and other litigation. He also often represents special litigation committees and audit committees in connection with investigations and derivative litigation.


Recognized as a leading securities lawyer by numerous nationwide and Texas legal directories, in November 2017, The National Law Journal named David to its list of “Litigation Trailblazers” for representing a client in what is considered to be the most widely-followed securities class action in the United States since 1988 (Erica P. John Fund, Inc. v. Halliburton Co.).




State Bar of Texas; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeals – Fifth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits; District Courts for the Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas


J.D. (with honors), The University of Texas School of Law, 1984; B.A., economics, Williams College, 1980

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense

At Baker Botts L.L.P., which climbs the ranking this year, the practice is ‘focused, professional, responsive and results-oriented‘. It is led from Houston by Danny David, who is ‘unwavering in his dedication to his clients, walking them through every step of the process and achieving good results‘. ‘I cannot overemphasize how thoughtful, collaborative and effective he has been; he is pleasant, articulate, highly intelligent and a tremendous advocate‘, according to one client. Also in Houston, former chair of the firmwide litigation practice David Sterling is also recommended. The pair worked together on class and derivative actions arising from the $14bn sale of Westar to Great Plains Energy in which shareholders allege a breach of fiduciary duty by the board of Westar because it did not seek the best possible price, agreed to unreasonable deal protection devices, and did not adequately disclose the terms of the transaction. Sterling and San Francisco-based Jonathan Shapiro also acted for solar energy company 8Point3 Energy in defeating a consolidated class action challenging the proposed merger with affiliates of Capital Dynamics.

United States > Dispute resolution > Securities litigation - defense

The practice at Baker Botts L.L.P., which climbs the ranking this year, operates out of its Houston, Dallas and New York offices, and clients remark that it is ‘focused, professional and results-oriented‘. Danny David, who is ‘articulate, thoughtful, resourceful and determined, achieving great results‘, leads the practice from Houston. ‘He is first class in every way‘, remarks a client. The firm has roles in some of the largest, most complex and closely watched securities class actions, and has an outstanding track record in securities enforcement actions brought by the SEC, DOJ and FINRA. Its recent work for industrial, energy, pharmaceutical and technology companies includes a 10b5 case for Chicago Bridge & Iron that alleges false and misleading statements regarding the status of contracts to complete construction of nuclear power plants. David Sterling in Houston is the key partner in that matter. Also recommended are Houston-based Rebeca Huddle and Dallas-based Jessica Pulliam.