David Iglesias

Bilingual attorney

Iglesias Law Firm was founded by David Iglesias in 2017.  David and his firm represent counties, law enforcement officers, elected officials, school districts, and businesses in state and federal courts across Texas.  He regularly litigates and tries cases involving employment matters and questions of constitutional law.

David is a native East Texan who graduated from Austin College in Sherman where he was on the Dean’s List.  He then attended Texas Tech University School of Law on a Dean’s Scholarship.  David's legal career began as a law clerk to United States District Judge Sam R. Cummings, who presided over the Lubbock, Abilene, and San Angelo Divisions of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

David is an experienced trial lawyer who has practiced for 16 years. He has served as first chair in over 100 jury trials and over 75 bench trials in his professional career.  Also, David has served as lead counsel of record in three cases before the United States Supreme Court and as lead counsel of record in dozens of appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  He has argued for his clients before the Fifth Circuit five times.  On one of these occasions, David argued to the entire court sitting en banc.    

Officials in Texas recognize David's expertise in his field. David is frequently asked to speak at law enforcement training events and human resource events throughout the state.

David continually seeks to serve and improve his professional experiences and is involved in many ways throughout the great State of Texas.  He was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to serve as a commissioner of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in 2021.  He also was appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas to serve on the State Bar of Texas Board of Disciplinary Appeals and on the State Bar of Texas Public Ethics Committee.  David is also honored with his appointment to serve on the Merit Selection Panel of United States Magistrate Judges for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.  He is a proud member of the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Leadership Alliance of Texas.

Locally, David serves as the Chair of the Audit Committee of the University of Texas at Tyler.  He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of UT Health Tyler, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Tyler Hispanic Business Alliance.

Outside of the office, David enjoys working in his vegetable garden, adding new books to his extensive home library, and planning his next vacation.  He also loves fishing and can often be found out on the open water with his sons by his side.   

Representative Cases/Reported Cases

  • Brown v. Callahan, 623 F.3d 249 (5th Cir. 2010), cert. denied, 563 U.S. 1021, 131 S. Ct. 2932, 180 L. Ed. 2d 225 (2011)
  • Cunningham v. Castloo, 983 F.3d 185 (5th Cir. 2020)
  •  Jimenez v. Wood County, Texas, 660 F.3d 841 (5th Cir. 2011) (en banc)
  • Wyatt v. Fletcher, 718 F.3d 496 (5th Cir. 2013)
  • Melton v. Phillips, 875 F.3d 256 (5th Cir. 2017) (en banc)
  • Henson v. Callahan, 440 F. App’x 352 (5th Cir. 2011)
  • Estate of Allison v. Wansley, 524 F. App’x 963 (5th Cir. 2013) (per curiam), cert. denied sub nom. Algood v. Wansley, 571 U.S. 990, 134 S. Ct. 525, 187 L. Ed. 2d 367 (2013)
  • Arbuckle v. Wichita County, 643 S.W.3d 229 (Tex. App. – Fort Worth 2022, no pet.)
  • Ward v. Choate, No. 6:17cv105, 2020 WL 6937734 (E.D. Tex. Nov. 24, 2020)
  • Crostley v. Lamar County, Tex., 717 F.3d 410 (5th Cir. 2013)

Recent Trials

  • Collins v. Dotson, Cause No. 2:19cv13, in the U.S. District Court for the E.D. Tex., Marshall Division
  • Bush v. Gregg County, Tex., Cause No. 6:08cv438, in the U.S. District Court for the E.D. Tex., Tyler Division
  • Sellers v. Wood County, Tex., Cause No. 2:12cv293, in the U.S. District Court for the E.D. Tex., Marshall Division
  • Unger v. Taylor, Cause No. 6:06cv466, in the U.S. District Court for the E.D. Tex., Tyler Division
  • Shaw v. Norman, Cause No. 6:07cv443, in the U.S. District Court for the E.D. Tex., Tyler Division

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EDUCATION

  • Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas
    • Juris Doctor, 2006
  • Austin College, Sherman, Texas
    • Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science, 2002

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • State Bar of Texas Board of Disciplinary Appeals
  • State Bar of Texas Professional Ethics Committee, Member
  • Merit Selection Panel of United States Magistrate Judges for the Eastern District of Texas (Tyler and Texarkana Divisions), Member
  • T. John Ward Inn of Court, Member
  • The Bencher, American Inns of Court flagship publication, Editorial Board
  • State Bar of Texas, District 2 Grievance Committee, Past Member
  • Bar Association of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • Bar Association of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • Bar Association of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Bar Association for the United States Supreme Court
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit

LANGUAGES

  • English
  • Spanish

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Civil Tort Defense
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Constitutional and Civil Rights
  • Defense of Local Governmental Entities
  • Defense of Public Officials
  • Defense of Law Enforcement Officials
  • Employment Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Insurance Litigation and Coverage
  • Litigation and Trial
  • Local Counsel
  • Professional Liability Litigation
  • School Law and Education Law

HONORS

  • The Texas Bank Lawyer – Editor-in-Chief (2005-2006)
  • Recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship
  • Legal Practice Teaching Fellow – conducted tutorials and taught selected classes for mandatory legal writing and research class for first year law students.
  • Research Assistant for Dean Susan Saab Fortney as she drafted Legal Malpractice Law: Problems and Prevention, (1st ed., 2008).
  • Recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship
  • Recipient of Hatton W. Sumners Scholarship
  • Student Assembly Delegate

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • All state courts in Texas
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas