David P. Willis

Personal Injury Trial Lawyer David Willis

Board Certified Personal Injury Lawyer 

David Willis is a personal injury law specialist. His life’s mission is relieving the hardships created from a serious accident or death in the family. He understands that the law can’t heal emotional scars or physical pain, but it can provide support and security for the future. It is one of his life’s great honors to help those who have been hurt because of the carelessness of other people.

Board Certification Shows Experience and Skill 

David’s clients require serious help. They need a lawyer who spends time perfecting his craft. That’s why he embarked on the challenging journey to become board certified. Unlike physicians, lawyers don’t need to become board certified in a specialty. It takes a lot of demanding work to get and keep board certification. Most lawyers can’t meet the requirements to even take the exam. That’s why there are only about 1,300 board-certified personal injury lawyers out of more than 90,000 Texas lawyers. To qualify to take the certification exam, a lawyer must: 

  • Have taken at least ten personal injury cases to trial that met substantive requirements. 
  • Been qualified and vetted by references from judges and lawyers who have personally witnessed the lawyer in action, including opposing counsel. 
  • Have at least 25% of his practice devoted to substantial involvement with personal injury trial law. 

After achieving these challenging milestones, David had to take an examination that most lawyers agree is more challenging than the bar exam to become a board-certified personal injury lawyer. But board certification is not just done once. David must be recertified every five years. That means he must remain current on personal injury law developments. Hiring a board-certified lawyer means hiring a specialist at the top of his profession. And it doesn’t cost any more than hiring a lawyer without a certification because cases are handled on contingency. 


Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer


Results by David Willis 

David has pursued cases that have changed the industries and lives of his clients. Some of the industry-altering lawsuits David pursued involve the following. 

  • David represented a five-year-old girl permanently brain-damaged because of the lack of a child-proof cap on a prescription drug that created changes to child-proof packaging procedures. The case settled for $22.5 million. 
  • David represented a married couple involved in an SUV rollover that caused the wife to die. The lawsuit was settled for $3.5 million. 
  • David represented teenagers injured and killed by a speeding train that failed to sound its horn. At trial, David’s clients were awarded $25.5 million after a three-week trial. 
  • David represented a young girl who suffered significant brain damage because of a wave pool. His lawsuit helped create a new standard in pool design. The case settled for $4.25 million.  
  • David represented a client blinded by an exploding tire because of a fix-a-flat tire sealant. After David’s lawsuit, the company changed its sealant to a safer formula. The case settled for $2.2 million. 
  • David represented the family of a man killed by toxic exposure. The case was settled for $3.5 million. 
  • David represented a family of a family member who died because of an 18 wheeler accident. The case was settled for $1 million.

What others say about David Willis 

David’s clients appreciate his experience and service. People say the following about their experience with David as a lawyer. 

“After I got seriously injured I felt lost and helpless. My father suggested I call Attorney Willis to help. His legal staff was amazing. Extremely patient and always called back when they promised. They were always available for me and helped push my case along fairly quickly. I highly recommend them to anyone I know.”

– Melvin D.

“As a trial lawyer & former Texas Judge, when my own daughter got seriously injured, I thought of no other lawyer to call to handle my daughter’s injury case except David Willis.”

– Ben C.

David Willis Resume 

David graduated from Baylor University and South Texas College of Law. After law school, he briefed cases for Texas Supreme Court Justices, where he learned firsthand how judges analyze lawsuits. After that clerkship, David started practicing personal injury law in Houston. He then began his own law firm concentrating on products liability, maritime and industrial accidents. 


Maritime Law Association of the United States (Member)

American Association for Justice (Member) 

Harris County Bar Association (Vice President 1985) 


Top 100 – The National Trial Lawyers (2018, 2019 & 2020)

Steven J Sharp Public Service Award (2001)

Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Autism (2013)

Highest Peer Review Rating (AV) — Martindale Hubbell 

Bar Admissions 

State Bar of Texas (Admitted 1983)

New York State Bar (Admitted 2005)


Personal Injury Trial Lawyer (Since 1988)


Baylor University (BA 1978)

South Texas College of Law (JD 1982)