David A.


David Baay represents the energy and healthcare industry in commercial litigation. His clients include multinational oil companies, drilling contractors, pipeline operators, oilfield service companies and multi-commodity traders. David also has significant experience defending healthcare corporations involved in commercial disputes and administrative proceedings.

With trial and arbitration experience that spans the past 15 years, David represents multinational oil and gas companies, drilling contractors, pipeline operators and multi-commodity traders in high stakes litigation and other crisis situations. He was part of the team that represented Transocean Deepwater Drilling, Inc. in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill litigation. He initially served on Transocean’s internal investigation team, helping to direct efforts related to the forensic examination of the blowout preventer. He handled interaction with the governmental agencies involved in the forensic examination and led efforts to secure a neutral testing site for the blowout preventer, all in a politically charged atmosphere. David also helped to coordinate discovery efforts in this MDL proceeding that encompassed hundreds of fact and expert witness discovery and depositions. David has also represented various energy companies, as both plaintiffs and defendants, in matters involving millions of dollars in potential exposure. He has deep experience advising clients on conducting pre-suit investigations assembled for the purpose of determining root cause and advising the client on impending litigation exposure.

Selected Experience

Awards and Rankings

Selected for inclusion among Texas Super Lawyers® (2014-2015)

Selected for inclusion among Texas Super Lawyers® “Rising Stars” (2006, 2012-2013)

Professional Activities

Member, Litigation Section, Houston Bar Association
Elder, Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church
Member, American Bar Association
Member, State Bar of Texas
Member, International Association of Drilling Contractors

  • J.D., Southern Methodist University School of Law
  • B.A., Vanderbilt University
Bar Admissions
  • Texas

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Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is an international law firm helping the Fortune 100, industry leaders, sector innovators and business entrepreneurs solve their biggest challenges and reach their business goals. Dedicated to unfaltering excellence in client service, we are known for our business savvy and industry intelligence, providing creative and custom solutions for each of our clients. Industry and business experience makes the difference for our clients.

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