David Gerger


Houston Office
Tel: +1 713-224-4400
Fax: +1 713-224-5153


Practice Areas
White Collar and Corporate Investigations
Appellate Practice
Energy Sector Disputes
Securities Litigation
Antitrust and Trade Regulation
Israel Practice


University of Texas
(J.D., 1985)
       Texas Law Review:
             Book Review Editor

Yale University
(B.A., 1982)

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David is Managing Partner of the Houston office and chair of the Houston White Collar and Corporate Investigations Group.  

Freeing an innocent client is a high calling.  Over 25 years, David has handled hundreds of investigations, trials, and appeals for individuals and businesses, foreign and domestic, public and private. The biggest victory can be quietly stopping a case, and David has helped clients avoid charges in many DOJ, SEC, and other government investigations.  But David is equally known for his courtroom victories in cases involving: antitrust, environmental, securities, immigration, commodities, banking, domestic or foreign bribery, elections, government contracting, and other areas.  David also is recruited to try civil cases, often to join or substitute for counsel before trial.  

David is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Criminal Lawyers and a former Federal Public Defender who has long been listed in “Best Lawyers in America” and “SuperLawyers.”  After graduating Yale College and University of Texas Law School, he clerked for two federal judges and practiced for 25 years before starting the Houston office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.  

Notable Representations


Currently represents the rig worker charged criminally in the Deepwater Horizon accident.

Acquittal in the "Marine Hose" International Price Fixing trial in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Successful defense of one of the largest will contests in Texas history.

Dismissal before trial of an indictment alleging commodities "manipulation."

Dismissal of all charges in the "Spring Shadows" psychiatry fraud trial after six months of trial.

The successful "Ahmad" Clean Water Act appeal, establishing that pollution is not a strict liability

Defense of the "IFCO" immigration case, ending in dismissal of all felony charges.

Dismissal of a federal mortgage fraud indictment before trial.

On appeal, reversal of the 24 year prison sentence of Dynegy's Jamie Olis and, at new sentencing hearing, an 18-year reduction.

Successful defense of executives in stock options dating investigations.

Successful representation of many executives in investigations by government agencies (DOJ, SEC, IRS, EPA, CFTC, FERC, Texas Attorney General) concerning areas such as FCPA, environmental, tax, commodities trading, antitrust and trade sanctions in which prosecution was declined or no charges filed.

Defense of the Iraq "Oil-For-Food" Investigation.

Dismissal of mortgage fraud indictment before trial, Dallas County, Texas

Represented the CFO of Enron throughout civil, criminal, SEC, Congressional, and media crises after the company's collapse.