David A.


David Baay represents the energy industry in commercial litigation. His clients include multinational oil companies, drilling contractors, pipeline operators, oilfield service companies, and multi-commodity traders. With trial and arbitration experience that spans the past 16 years, David represents his clients in high stakes litigation and other crisis situations. He takes pride in finding creative solutions to his clients’ problems.

David 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 interactions 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 witnesses’ 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® (2014-2016)

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

Professional Activities

Co-Chair, Oilfield Services Conference, Institute for Energy Law
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
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • Northern District of Texas
  • Southern District of Texas

Our Story

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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