David C. Schulte

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David Schulte is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight's Dallas office. Mr. Schulte focuses on complex commercial litigation, handling high-stakes matters for large and middle market clients. His trial experience in complex and general commercial litigation matters is broad, and it includes claims for breach of contract, tortious interference, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and defamation, among others. Mr. Schulte represents clients before federal and state trial courts, as well as in domestic and international arbitrations.

In addition to commercial litigation, Mr. Schulte has been hired by clients to defend their intellectual property rights, and to assert and defend patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation claims. Mr. Schulte also has deep experience with comprehensive product liability matters. He has represented companies in wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury litigation. His experience also includes representation of clients in governmental and environmental matters, as well as aviation matters.

Mr. Schulte has advised clients across a wide range of industries, including product design and manufacturing, aeronautics, financial institutions, transportation, telecommunications, and pharmaceuticals, among others.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Schulte was a partner in the litigation section of a large Dallas-based law firm.

After graduating from law school, Mr. Schulte served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable John H. McBryde of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

During law school, Mr. Schulte served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Jorge A. Solis of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Honors & Awards

  • Texas Super Lawyers, 2017, 2018 
  • Top Attorneys, Civil Law-Litigation, Fort Worth, Texas magazine, 2017
  • Lawyers on the Rise, Texas Lawyer, 2016
  • Under 40 Hot List, Benchmark: Litigation, The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys, 2016
  • Rising Stars, Texas Super Lawyers, Business Litigation; Personal Injury Defense: Products; Banking, 2008-2016
  • Newcomer Moot Court Coach of the Year, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law Board of Advocates, 2003-2004


  • Texas Bar Foundation, Sustaining Life Fellow
  • Dallas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL) Foundation, Sustaining Life Fellow; Fellows Officer, 2017-Present; Board of Trustees, 2013-2015; Leadership Class of 2006
  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, Emerging Leader Board, 2017-Present
  • Housing Crisis Center, Board Member, 2010-2015
  • William "Mac" Taylor American Inn of Court, Barrister
  • Federal Bar Association
  • The Federalist Society
  • DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar
  • The Texas Association of Defense Counsel (TADC)
  • American Bar Association
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Notre Dame Club of Dallas
  • St. Thomas More Society of Dallas, Life Member
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), NITA Southern Regional Building Trial Skills Program: Faculty Instructor, June 2013-Present; NITA Southern Regional Deposition Program: Faculty Instructor, June 2013-Present; NITA Teacher Training Program, November 2012
  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, Coach of the Hispanic National Bar Association Moot Court Team, 2003-2011
  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law Involvement: International Law Review Association, 2000-2002; Board of Advocates, Master Level; Phi Delta Phi
  • Southern Methodist University, Adjunct Lecturer, Foreign Languages and Literatures, 2000-2002
  • University of Notre Dame, Teaching Fellow, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, 1998-1999