Dave is a trial lawyer and business counselor that protects and pursues his clients’ interests. Dave’s diverse litigation practice focuses on complex commercial, employment and intellectual property litigation in state and federal courts, and administrative forums in Texas and across the country. Dave's clients include individuals and businesses of all types and sizes, mostly based in Texas or with operations in our state, including professional athletes, doctors and executives, local breweries and distilleries, venture capital/private equity funds, telecommunications, marketing and multi-media, staffing and executive placement, restaurants and music venues, jewelry manufacturing and repair, photographers and photo phone booth companies.
News agencies across the country published stories of Dave’s client, wedding photographer Andrea Polito, after prevailing in a defamation case against two former clients who pursued an extensive news and social media campaign against her. A Dallas County jury found the defendants liable for defamation, disparagement, and civil conspiracy, and awarded Andrea $1.08 million, including punitive damages. “Freedom of speech is not freedom from consequence...nobody is challenging your right to post a review or your free speech rights but with those rights come consequences,” told to the Associated Press by Dave Wishnew, who tried the case with TJ Jones. The story was covered by hundreds of publications, including the New York Times, CBS News, The Washington Post, Dallas Morning News, New York Post, Huffington Post, People Magazine, and the U.S. News & World Report. Dave and Andrea also appeared on various television outlets, including CNN and Inside Edition.
In addition to his trial practice, Dave serves as outside general counsel to several businesses. In this capacity, he has negotiated contracts and large distribution agreements, employment and severance agreements, employment manuals and policies, and conducted regulatory compliance investigations. Dave has substantial experience with issues related to employment contracts – and was a contributing author to the Texas Lawyer published book, Texas Litigators’ Guide to Departing Employee Cases.
Dave has earned a reputation for finding solutions that avoid disputes when possible, and handling them efficiently and aggressively when necessary. When early resolution is not an option, Dave is the lawyer you want in front of judges, arbitrators and juries. If you have a dispute where everything is on the line, or an issue of vital importance to your business, Dave is the lawyer you want in the courtroom and the boardroom.
The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., with honors, 2008
Managing Editor, Texas Review of Entertainment & Sports Law
Phi Delta Phi
Rhodes College, B.A., Economics and Business Administration, cum laude, 2001
Omicron Delta Epsilon
State Bar of Texas, 2008
U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
Selected as a “Best Lawyer in Dallas” in the area of Commercial Litigation by D Magazine, 2018
Named to D Magazine’s Best Lawyers Under 40 List for 2018
Designated in 2017 and 2018 by Super Lawyers as Top 100 of the Texas Rising Stars list
Designated as "Rising Star" by Texas Monthly and Law and Politics magazines, 2012 - 2017
Dallas Bar Association’s “Featured Member of the Month” for April 2014
Two-time Scholar Athlete All American : 2000, 2001 (Soccer)