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Formerly a Justice on the Texas Court of Appeals, David Keltner is lead counsel in over 300 appellate decisions. His legal writings are cited, with approval, by Texas courts.
Mr. Keltner is recognized for his appellate accomplishments. He was honored by Texas Lawyer as the "Go To" appellate lawyer in Texas. Texas Super Lawyers selected him as one of the Top 10 Lawyers in Texas for the last eleven years. He was the "Top Point Getter" in Texas 2009-2011. The Texas Bar Foundation honored him with the inaugural Gregory S. Coleman Outstanding Appellate Lawyer Award, and he was named Best Lawyers 2016 and 2018 Appellate "Lawyer of the Year" for Dallas/Fort Worth. Mr. Keltner is also recognized on the national stage as a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, one of only 320 in the country.
Mr. Keltner served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas. He was also Chair of the Litigation Section and the College of the State Bar of Texas, as well as Chair of the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation.
The Texas Supreme Court appointed Mr. Keltner to a number of its committees. He served on the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee from 1993-2000 and was appointed Chair of the Texas Supreme Court Discovery Task Force. He was also a member of the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee for Professionalism that drafted the Texas Lawyer’s Creed.
Best Lawyers in America®, U.S. News & World Report, 2006-2023
Chambers USA: Texas,
Litigation: Appellate, 2005-2022
Star Individual, 2021-2022
Band 1, 2005-2022
Top 10 Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2003-2022
Ranked No. 1, 2009-2011, 2021
Top 100 Dallas/Fort Worth Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2003-2022
Top 100 Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2003-2022
Top Attorney, Fort Worth Magazine, 2006-2022
Top Attorney, 360 West magazine
Arbitration and Mediation, 2017-2019