David Nachtigall is an experienced trial lawyer with a proven record of achieving excellent results.

David Nachtigall

david nachtigallDavid Nachtigall is a Houston trial lawyer who represents individuals and businesses in criminal and civil matters.  David has extensive trial experience and has represented hundreds of individual and corporate clients a wide variety of matters in state and federal courts.

David began his legal career at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney, where he prosecuted misdemeanor, felony, and juvenile criminal cases.  Through his years of work as a prosecutor, David honed his advocacy skills and developed valuable relationships with prosecutors and judges.   David’s commitment to professional excellence and his consistent success in the courtroom earned him a reputation as an effective trial lawyer among colleagues and the judiciary.

During his time a prosecutor at the District Attorney’s Office, David was selected to join the Special Prosecutions Bureau where he led large-scale investigations and prosecutions of financial crime and fraud. Today, David is called upon by individuals and corporations for counsel with complex civil matters related to white collar crimes, allegations of theft, and fraud investigations.

After leaving the District Attorney’s Office, David joined one of Houston’s top civil litigation boutiques where he used his extensive trial experience to achieve excellent results for clients in civil matters. As a civil litigator, David handled commercial matters including contractual disputes, fraud, and intellectual property litigation. 

As the managing member of David A. Nachtigall, Attorney at Law, PLLC, David has represented hundreds of individual and business clients in high-stakes civil and criminal matters.  An experienced criminal defense lawyer, David has successfully defended clients facing serious charges in state and federal court and in government investigations. David has represented individual and corporate clients in a wide variety of commercial matters ranging from small and mid-sized business disputes to multi-million dollar lawsuits. (see a sample of some of the firm’s past matters).

After obtaining a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with Management Information Systems from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business, David worked as an information technology consultant and software developer for a Fortune 500 company in Dallas.  David’s deep understanding of technology assists him in investigating cases, preparing them for trial, and presenting to judges and juries.

David is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. This distinction, earned by only a small percentage of Houston criminal defense lawyers, recognizes deep knowledge of criminal law and extensive courtroom experience. (Learn more about Board Certification from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.)


David Nachtigall received both his undergraduate and law degrees from The University of Texas at Austin.  David is a graduate with high honors of the McCombs School of business with a focus in management information systems, one of the top programs in the United States.  David holds a law degree with honors from the University of Texas School of Law.  During his time at the University of Texas School of Law, David was honored with the David  J. Beck Endowed Presidential Scholarship in law, a merit scholarship recognized his high degree of academic achievement.  David is also a graduate of the International Baccalaureate program at Lamar High School.


David serves on the board of directors of the Harris County Public Defender’s Office and the Executive Committee of the Garland R. Walker American Inn of Court.  David is a member of the CJA Panel for the Southern District of Texas, a select group of Houston attorneys selected by the federal judiciary to provide defense to indigent persons charged with federal crimes. David was also selected to be a member of the State Bar of Texas District One Grievance Committee, where he works on a committee that helps to resolve disciplinary actions filed against Houston attorneys.


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  • J.D. with Honors, The University of Texas School of Law, David J. Beck Endowed Presidential Scholarship Recipient
  • B.B.A. with High Honors, The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business


  • Garland R. Walker American Inn of Court, Executive Committee
  • Harris County Public Defender’s Office, Board Member
  • State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, District 4, Panel Chair
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Board Certified, Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association’s Night Court (2006-2011)


  • Joyce, McFarland + McFarland, LLP, Associate
  • Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Assistant District Attorney
  • Hitachi Consulting, Consultant / Software Developer


  • The Practice of Criminal Defense, University of Houston Law Center
  • The Juvenile Justice System for Teachers, Teacher’s Law School
  • The Structure of the Harris County Judiciary, Leadership Houston
  • Evidentiary Issues in Criminal Law, University of Houston Law Center
  • Vice Cases and Money Laundering Training, Harris County District Attorney’s Office
  • Physical Evidence: Best Practices, South Texas College of Law Ethics Symposium
  • The Texas Penal Code, Houston Police Academy
  • Criminal Law Panel Discussion, Lamar High School
  • Copyright Law and Teens, Memorial High School


  • “David is one of the most polished, even tempered attorneys I’ve ever met. I was the defendant on a spurious criminal case and he carefully dissected each unsubstantiated allegation and was able to refute the basis for the charge itself (which was the intent to commit a crime). I have to say that he really made the prosecuting attorney look foolish by carefully researching and laying out the facts combined with his patient, even tempered demeanor. I also appreciated the fact that he knew the behind the scenes political motivations for why the prosecution in the D.A.’s office acted so illogically-he knows these people and their work environment, so he was able to use this to craft a winning strategy to get my case dropped.”
    J.B., charged with Felony
  • “Mr. Nachtigall is an exemplary attorney. Overall, he was always responsive to the various amount of questions I had, also he kept me informed on how things were looking during my case. I have spoken to plenty of attorneys, but Mr. Nachtigall seemed to stand out for his sincerity, his willing to make your case his responsibility and maintaining a positive attitude that seem to be hard to find nowadays.”
    A.R., client charged with Felony
  • “David went above and beyond to help me in defense of a DWI charge. With his background as a prosecutor, he already knew the ins and outs of navigating through the process and was able to get me a better deal than I otherwise would have received. His hard work, open communication, dedication and intelligence are all very valuable for anyone in an unfortunate situation like I was. I couldn’t be more pleased with his representation and would definitely recommend him to anyone considering hiring an attorney.”
    charged with Misdemeanor
  • “David is among an elite group of not only criminal defense lawyers, but lawyers at large, with the skill, experience and temperament to deliver results in matters of the highest stakes.”
    Attorney #1
  • “I worked with David at the Harris County District Attorney’s office here in Houston. I have personally watched David prepare for and try two murders and I have personally tried a family violence case with David. He is at his soul a phenomenal trial lawyer and a tireless preparer. He is ready when his case is called by the judge and God help you if you are the opposing counsel and you are unprepared for David. He is widely regarded in the criminal court house of Houston as a first rate advocate and is known to have a vast array of experience covering criminal matters from misdemeanor to felony.”
    Attorney #2

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