David Houghton

Mr. Houghton has 33 years of experience as a business and trial lawyer. He has an extensive background in both jury and non-jury cases involving construction, claims involving design professionals, taxes, healthcare and corporate and general commercial transactions. Mr. Houghton has successfully handled matters before all state and federal courts, and has broad experience in director and officer liability matters and construction law, as well as extensive business experience in the areas of taxation and mergers and acquisitions.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Experience

Association of Professional Arbitrators and Mediators Panelist

Professional Licenses

  • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, 9/13/1978
  • Nebraska State Court, 9/13/1978
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States Claims Court

Membership, Honors, Professional Associations

  • Past President of the Nebraska State Bar Association
  • State Delegate to the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates
  • Past President of the National Conference of Bar Presidents
  • Secretary of the Fellows of the American Bar Association and a Fellow of the Nebraska Bar Association
  • Listed in the Best Lawyers in America in the area of Commercial Litigation
  • American Bar Association, House of Delegates (elected 1998)
  • Member, Select Committee of the House (2005-07, 2009-present)
  • Member, Committee on Rules and Calendar (2006-08)
  • Member, ABA State Bar Delegate (2000-present)
  • Member, Ad Hoc Committee on State Justice Initiatives
  • Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services
  • Member (2003-06)
  • Chair (2005-06)
  • Task Force on Hurricane Katrina (2006)
  • Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness (2006-present)
  • Member, Advisory Committee on Strategic Membership Dues Pricing (2006-07)
  • Member, Planning Committee ABA Day in Washington (2003-present)
  • Member
  • Litigation Section
  • TIPS
  • Forum on Construction Law
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow (elected 1996)
  • Member, Board of Directors (2007-present)
  • Chair-Elect of the Fellows (2008-09)
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents
  • President (2002-2003)
  • Treasurer (2000-2001)
  • Secretary (1999-2000)
  • Executive Council (1996-2004)
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • President (1995-96)
  • Executive Council, 4th Supreme Court District (1987-93)
  • House of Delegates (1984-86; 1993-Present)
  • Chair, Public Relations Committee (1985-91)
  • Chair, Annual Meeting Committee (1989-91)
  • Corporate Law Section - Executive Committee (1987-89)
  • Member, Ways and Means Committee (1986-87)
  • Member, Steering Committee, NSBA Leadership Academy (2006-present)
  • Omaha Bar Association
  • President (1993-94)
  • Secretary (1987-90)
  • Executive Council (1978-81); (1990-92)
  • Past Chair
  • Nebraska State Bar Foundation, Fellow (elected 1991)
  • Nebraska Continuing Legal Education, Inc., Board member (1994-96)
  • American Counsel Association (Member, Board of Directors)
  • American Judicature Society
  • Federal Advisory Committee, United States Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit (1986-91)
  • Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference Advisory Committee (1987-92)
  • Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys


Drake University B.S.B.A. (Major: Personnel Management), 1973. J.D. University of Iowa, Notes and Comments Editor, University of Iowa Law Review 1975


Office located in Omaha, Nebraska.

Areas of Concentration

Construction, Tax, Healthcare, Commercial Transactions, Mergers and Acquisitions.

CLE and Teaching

Taught Trial Practice at Creighton University School of Law and has spoken at numerous construction and engineering seminars.

Trial Practice

Adjunct Professor, Legal Research and Writing at Creighton University School of Law (1978-81)