David G. Tekell

David G. Tekell

Partner since July 1, 2001
Waco, Texas
877-283-5355 (877-2TEKELL)

For 25 years, David Tekell has been representing clients on both sides of the civil docket. He has extensive experience in defending and prosecuting personal injury claims where insurance is involved and pursuing and defending claims against insurance companies. Mr. Tekell actively represents clients in a variety of business disputes, including construction, employment and fiduciary responsibility claims, both as plaintiff and defendant.

In 2007, David Tekell was selected by James Publishing Company to take over writing and editing the Annual Supplements to the Texas DTPA Forms and Practice Guide after the retirement of its primary authors, David Bragg and Michael Curry. Mr. Tekell also teaches a three-hour course in Consumer Protection Law at Baylor University School of Law.

 David Tekell is often called upon to act as local counsel for parties appearing in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, Waco Division. He has extensive federal court experience dating back to his service as a full-time intern to United States District Judge Walter S. Smith, Jr. in 1986. His wife, Angela, served as Judge Smith's briefing attorney from 1989 to 1991. David Tekell has appeared in federal courts from California to New Jersey, and maintains an active docket in three of the four federal districts in Texas. He is also admitted in the United States District Court in Arizona, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Life Insurance Claims
  • Fraud
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Consumer Litigation
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Personal Injury

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2004
  • Consumer & Commercial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2004

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1996
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1987


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D. - 1986
    • Honors: David Snodgrass Moot Court Award, Best Brief, 1985
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
    • B.S. - 1983
    • Major: Accounting

Published Works

Representative Clients

  • The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company


  • Stewart Kelly, Kelly Realtors, Waco, Texas


  • Consumer Protection, Baylor University School of Law, August 25, 2008 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Waco-McLennan County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Naman, Howell, Smith & Lee, P.C., Member, 1994 - 1997
  • Naman, Howell, Smith & Lee, P.C., Associate, 1986 - 1994


  • Spanish


  • Phi Delta Phi