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David Shaw is a seasoned trial lawyer practicing primarily in the construction, local government, and commercial sectors representing clients in a wide range of complex legal matters. He strives to achieve favorable outcomes for his clients through strategic negotiation when possible and vigorous courtroom advocacy when necessary.

Much of David’s practice is devoted to representing construction industry professionals. He offers comprehensive legal counsel to contractors, subcontractors, developers, lenders, owners, and other stakeholders involved in construction projects. On behalf of his clients he negotiates and drafts contracts, engages in all species of dispute resolution, advises regarding risk management, and prosecutes and defends payment and lien or bond claims, ensuring that clients’ interests are protected at every stage of the construction process. His experience litigating construction disputes complements his transactional practice; David’s clients are often able to identify and contract around frequently-litigated issues before they arise.

In the area of local government law, David represents municipalities and governmental entities on matters relating to zoning, land use planning, municipal ordinances, civil rights, public finance, and general administration. His construction and municipal practices frequently overlap when regional population growth requires client cities to plan and deliver infrastructure and facility upgrades or repairs. He has a deep understanding of the legal intricacies involved in interactions between government and the public they serve, and he works tirelessly to navigate these complexities on his clients’ behalf.

Additionally, David assists businesses of all sizes with a wide array of legal issues, including corporate governance, contract disputes, business torts, and employment matters.

David is known for his thoughtful approach to addressing his clients’ needs, his meticulous attention to detail, and his commitment to delivering results. He combines his in-depth legal knowledge with a practical, client-focused approach to achieve the best possible outcomes in even the most complex and sensitive legal matters.


  • Baylor Law School, J.D.
  • Abilene Christian University, M.Div., M.A., B.A.


  • State Bar of Texas
  • McLennan County Bar Association
  • Judge Abner V. McCall American Inn of Court
  • Meals on Wheels Waco – Board of Directors


  • Top Gun, Baylor Law School
  • National Champion, NITA Tournament of Champions
  • Team Professionalism Award, NITA Tournament of Champions
  • Baylor Client Counseling Competition Finalist
  • Matt Dawson Advocacy Award
  • Fraley & Fraley Mock Trial Award
  • Naman Howell Smith & Lee Client Counseling Award
  • Order of Barristers