ASSOCIATE

Overview

David Wills is an Associate in Scheef & Stone’s Litigation section.  His practice focuses on litigating the breach of high-stakes business contracts and representing companies in employment disputes. David’s practice includes every stage of litigation, including drafting contracts and notices to avoid litigation and meet the client’s business needs, counseling clients on regulatory compliance, attaining a favorable settlement, or zealously advocating for his clients in mediation, arbitration, or a court of law.

Experience

Prior to joining Scheef & Stone David clerked with Yetter Coleman LLP, Burns Charest LLP, and the Dallas County District Attorney’s office.  At Yetter Coleman, David worked on high-stakes cases involving issues of contract law, business torts, oil and gas law, complex finance agreements, anti-trust law, civil procedure, and evidence. At Burns Charest, David researched the Texas statute of limitations relevant to a counterclaim in a dispute over an oil and gas asset valued at about 300 million dollars, and drafted a section of the reply which argued that the counterclaim was barred by the statute of limitations. While at the Dallas County District Attorney’s office, he gained trial experience by observing trials and drafting a memorandum that was successfully used to impeach a witness and ultimately led to winning the case.
David earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Harvard Law School. As a student, he served as an extern to the Honorable Judge Boyle in the Northern District of Texas. David’s experience at the federal courthouse in Dallas included drafting memoranda on questions of feral law that the Judge used to rule on cases, and creating a draft for a Memorandum, Opinion and Order that ruled on issues of administrative and constitutional law. While in the Harvard Law School Federal Tax Clinic, David had a prominent role as the lead student researching and drafting an appellate brief for the Third Circuit on a question of administrative law. In that case, the appellate court overruled the Tax Court decision against David’s client and invalidated an administrative practice of the IRS in favor of David’s client. Gregory v. Comm’r of Internal Revenue, 839 F. App’x 745 (3d Cir. 2020).
David graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arizona with a degree in International Studies.  After college but before law school, David built a mixed martial arts business from the ground up.  He managed all aspects of the business including teaching classes, billing clients, marketing, and managing staff.  David’s experience with running a business provides him an intimate understanding of the challenges that companies face.  He utilizes his forthright and creative problem solving along with his negotiation skills to develop strategies that help clients meet their business objectives.  When negotiations fail and the stakes are high, David utilizes his clear-sighted analytic skills and ability to remain calm under pressure to deliver compelling advocacy and attain results for his clients.
Representative Matters:
  • Contributed to representation of Google in antitrust investigation led by U.S. Department of Justice and the Texas Office of Attorney General by researching antitrust law and civil procedure, and reviewing testimony from a congressional hearing.
  • Researched California contract law and helped draft a complaint to claim over one million dollars due to a client under a business contract.
  • Disputed tax assessments from taxing agencies in various states to preserve assets which belong to the victims of a fraud perpetrated by the tax-paying entity.
  • Drafted a complaint to against a party who failed to pay back a client’s loan.
  • Drafted an executive change in control severance agreement.
  • Counseled business to help ensure that an anticipated frivolous claim under the Family Medical Leave Act would be without merit.
  • Counseled business to attain compliance with the overtime pay requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Investigated defamatory claims published on social media, submitted takedown requests to social media platforms, and prepared materials for litigation.
  • Contrasted sweepstakes laws with contests laws in all 50 states for a client in the direct sales industry.

Associations

  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Member, Harvard School of Law Alumni Association

Education

  • Juris Doctor, Harvard School of Law 2021
  • Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, International Studies, University of Arizona, 2012

Practice Areas

  • Employment Litigation
  • Oil and Gas Litigation
  • Securities Litigation & Arbitration
  • Direct Sales & Regulatory Matters
  • State and Federal Appeals
  • Banking Litigation & Foreclosures
  • Construction Litigation
  • Contract Drafting and Negotiation
  • Joint Ventures & Partnerships
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Venture Capital Transactions
  • Government Enforcement Receiverships

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas, 2021