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Practical Legal Solutions

Over 23 years of practical, thoughtful approaches to complex issues.
High value consultation and representation from a flexible, personable, affordable small firm.

 
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BUSINESS LAW

Corporate Counsel

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REAL ESTATE LAW

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CONTRACT LAW

Negotiation & Litigation

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CYBER LAW

All Areas

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ENTERTAINMENT LAW

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David W. Nance

FLORIDA - LOUISIANA - NEW YORK - TEXAS

David W. Nance was born 1966 in El Paso, Texas, and speaks fluent English, German, Spanish as well as conversational Polish and French. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in German and Spanish (with additional studies in French, Sociology, and Astronomy) from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990. He earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in civil and common law from Loyola University School of Law, New Orleans in 1996, including a semester of law studies in German at the University of Vienna School of Law.

DAVID W. NANCE LAW FIRM LLC
New Orleans, LA, USA

SOLE MEMBER
2005 - PRESENT

  • Serve as outside general counsel to numerous web-based and traditional businesses in New Orleans and around the world

  • Perform all duties of lead counsel in litigation (administrative, state and federal, trial and appellate courts) and counsel regarding healthcare, intellectual property, SaaS, M&A, joint ventures, real estate, contracts, construction as well as more general areas of law

SongByrd, Inc.
New Orleans, LA, USA

OUTSIDE GENERAL COUNSEL
2012 - PRESENT

  • Advised the officers on legal matters

  • Ensured corporate compliance

  • Prepared, reviewed, and negotiated commercial and intellectual property agreements

  • Performed all duties of lead counsel in administrative, state and federal litigation

  • Draft administrative complaints and responses

  • Retained and oversaw work of outside counsel

Reliant Rehabilitation
Plano, TX, USA

OUTSIDE GENERAL COUNSEL
2007-2014

  • Advised the officers and employees in +25 states on legal matters

  • Ensured corporate compliance for separate entities in +25 states

  • Prepared, reviewed, and negotiated complex commercial and employment agreements

  • Performed all duties of lead counsel in state and federal litigation

  • Drafted administrative complaints and responses

  • Retained and oversaw work of outside counsel

The Producers, Inc.
New Orleans, LA, USA

IN-HOUSE GENERAL COUNSEL
2005-2007

  • Advised the board and officers on all legal matters affecting parent and all +12 subsidiaries and employees in two states, including corporate governance, Internet, trademark, copyright, employment, commercial and residential property, compliance, commercial contracts, and corporate finance

  • Prepared, reviewed and negotiated complex commercial and employment agreements

  • Performed all duties of lead counsel in hearings, trials, and appeals in state and federal courts

  • Drafted administrative complaints and responses

  • Retained and oversaw work of outside counsel

  • Managed legal department

  • Drafted, negotiated, and lobbied for a bill for Internet based pawn before the Louisiana Legislature

Office of the Attorney General of Texas - Transportation Division
Austin, TX, USA

ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL (ATTORNEY IV)
2000-2005

  • 30% travel

  • Lead counsel, up to and including jury trials, for complex litigation involving, but not limited to, highway and building construction and maintenance, eminent domain, environment, oil and gas, illegal advertising, and right-of-way encroachment before state and federal courts as well as administrative tribunals condemnation and highway construction hearings and trials

  • Successfully litigated seven jury trials, six as lead or supervising counsel

  • Supervised five co-counsel in their first trial

  • Successfully litigated hundreds of administrative hearings

  • Managed the work of 10 attorneys and 6 secretaries on administrative and construction cases

  • Assisted and trained new attorneys and paralegals for administrative, state, and federal litigation

  • Responsible for appellate work required on my cases, including research, brief writing and verbal argument before state and federal appellate courts

  • Negotiated/mediated litigation and contract disputes for OAG and TxDOT

  • Drafted pleadings, contracts, legal opinions, proposed legislation, administrative rules and agency policy all in compliance with the relevant law and client goals within critical time deadlines

  • Effectively advised and worked with other OAG divisions, TxDOT, and other state and federal agencies and cities with prudent judgment, high-energy, integrity

  • Prioritized and organized complex concepts and priorities in order to clearly, creatively, and tactfully communicate them to coworkers, clients, judges, and jurors while demonstrating tolerance of others and respect for legal and ethical ambiguities

  • Established time- and money-saving procedures and practices within the OAG and TxDOT

Muñoz de Toro & Muñoz de Toro
Buenos Aires, Argentina

OF COUNSEL
2000

  • Only American lawyer representing an Argentine company in stock sale of a multimillion-dollar Brazilian company to Morgan Stanley Investment Bank and Deloitte & Touche USA LLP

  • Gave legal opinions regarding enforcement of a multimillion-dollar AAA decision against an Argentine company and service of process in Argentina for a civil enforcement suit brought in a U.S. district court

  • Structured Internet ventures (DD lists; articles; as well as shareholders', preliminary and non-disclosure agreements)

  • Prepared and revised prospectuses for firm clients traded on New York Stock Exchange

  • Responsibly pursued the interests of my foreign clients while complying with US ethical and professional rules/codes

Texas Youth Commission (now Texas Juvenile Justice Department)
Austin, TX, USA

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE
1999-2000

  • 90% travel

  • Adjudicated 198 hearings without a single violent outbreak or reversal on appeal, despite a standard 50% appeal rate

  • Adjudicated alleged criminal offenses and administrative violations (ranging from minor violations up to murder) by youths under 21 years of age pursuant to Texas rules of evidence and civil procedure for non-jury trials

Pünder, Volhard, Weber & Axster (now Clifford Chance)
Warsaw, Poland

ASSOCIATE
1996-1999

  • One of two attorneys representing a S. Korean company in a multimillion dollar, automobile joint venture and an American company purchasing assets of a multimillion-dollar Polish company

  • Revised master contract for multimillion-dollar bank loans to a Polish shipyard to construct 7 ships

  • Prepared and revised English/German/Polish versions of a major German bank's standard suretyship agreement, distributor agreements, nondisclosure agreements, and project financing agreements

  • Structured and established companies and Polish branch offices along with all pertinent documents

  • Revised clients' standard contracts to comply with international treaties and national laws

  • Supervised teams of attorneys and secretaries

  • As the firm’s only American lawyers in a firm of over 200 attorneys, I anticipated and tactfully addressed potential conflicts between the goals of international clients, my German firm, and my own duty to comply with US ethical and professional rules

  • Over the course of three years, I completed five consecutive employment contracts working in Poland with two local partners who initially protested, during my interview, my hiring by the managing partner based in Düsseldorf, Germany

LEGAL PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS:

  • Legal Columnist of “Lex Feuilleton” Modern Domainer, 2006-2008

  • Co-Author/Co-Speaker, “Handling Fraudulent Construction and Maintenance Claims” for TxDOT, Construction and Maintenance Division, Annual Construction Conference, March 2005

  • Author/Speaker, “L’État, c’est moi: Suggested Methods for Enforcing Administrative Laws Ethically, Professionally, Efficiently, and Successfully,” for OAG, Transportation Division, Ethics/Professionalism in Administrative Law, March 12, 2004 (2 CLE hours in ethics and professionalism)

  • Co-Author/Co-Speaker, “E.D. JURISDICTION: How to Get and Keep the Right to Take Land” for OAG, Transportation Division, Eminent Domain Law Conference, December 18, 2003 (1 CLE hour in ethics and professionalism)

  • Authored "Real Estate: Poland" in the October 1998 edition of International Financial Law Review

  • Wrote "Corporate Governance: Poland" in the April 1998 edition of International Financial Law Review

  • Authored "Doing Business in Europe: Poland" in the June/July 1997 edition of AsiaLaw

BAR ADMISSIONS/LICENSES

Louisiana (1998)
Texas (1999)
New York (2000)
Florida (2006)
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana         
U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

EDUCATION

Loyola University School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1993-1996

Juris Doctor (civil and common law)

  • First American awarded Austrian ÖAD grant to study law for a 5-month semester (1995) in German at the College of Law of Vienna University, focus on European Union and public international law

 

The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, 1985-1990 (145 total semester hours)

Bachelor of Arts Double Major in German, Spanish, and 4 hours short of a major in Sociology

Minors in Astronomy and French

 

St. Stephen’s Episcopal School; Austin, Texas, 1979-1985 (full academic scholarship)

School Year Abroad (Exeter, Andover, St. Paul’s); Barcelona, Spain, 1983-1984 (full academic scholarship)

INTERNATIONAL

Fluently read, write, speak, and dictate in: English, German, and Spanish
Conversational: French and Polish
Worked/studied: Argentina, Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Spain, and Switzerland.
Extended independent travel: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Cambodia, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Laos, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Poland, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, and Vietnam.

HOBBIES

@morning.coffee.travel

Public Golf Club at Audubon Park, home course (current 2.6, lowest 2.2 USGA HI)

Teach 4 group classes per week at Franco's on Magazine

  • Certified Mad Dogg Athletics, Inc. Spinning® Instructor 2014 (not renewed)

  • Certified Les Mills BODYPUMP® Instructor 2014

  • Certified Les Mills CORE® Instructor 2014

  • Certified Les Mills SPRINT® Coach 2016

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