David M. Kleiman

David M. Kleiman

Dallas, Texas

David Kleiman has a litigation practice, with emphasis on cases involving residential and commercial construction, business and consumer disputes, interpretation of contracts, and surety law. He became licensed to practice law in 1986. David is Board Certified in Construction Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

David is a past chair of the Dallas Bar Association Construction Law Section. In addition to acting as an advocate for his clients, David serves as a neutral on the American Arbitration Association's construction panel. David has been selected as a Texas Super Lawyer in Construction every year from 2008-2016, is recognized by Martindale-Hubbell Attorney Directory with the AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, (the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards), and has been chosen by Corporate International Magazine Legal Award as a Construction Lawyer of the Year In Texas, for 2013.

David has counseled and represented clients on issues including:

• commercial and residential construction disputes, including those involving foundation defects, mold claims and other construction defects;
• claims involving the Residential Construction Liability Act;
• surety bond claims and litigation involving private, state and federal construction;
• general business disputes and litigation;
• lien laws for private and public projects;
• interpretation of contracts and agreements;
• claims involving misrepresentations and violations of the Deceptive Trade Practices Act; and
• construction defaults

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1986
  • 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
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit


  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas
    • J.D. - 1986
  • Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • B.A. - 1983
    • Major: Economics


  • “How to Stay Out of Trouble: Legally and Ethically”, Structural Engineers Association of Texas – May 22, 2013
  • Payment and Performance Bonds: Common Issues that impact Acceptance or Denial," 2011 Construction Law Conference, September 22, 2011
  • "Ethical Considerations in Construction Liens", National Business Institute, September, 2009
  • "Update on Residential Construction Issues", State Bar of Texas, 16th Annual Construction Law Conference, March, 2003
  • "Construction Claims in Texas", Lorman Education Services, September, 2002
  • "Construction Claims in Texas", Lorman Education Services, May, 2001
  • "Legislative and Case Update", Dallas Bar Association Construction Law Section, February, 2000
  • "Residential Construction Liability Act", State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section, Annual Construction Law Section, 1996
  • Top Ten Things To Do in a Construction Dispute Under The RCLA", Dallas Bar Association, 1995
  • "Texas Construction Law" (Contributing Author), Federal Publications, 1991

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Dallas Bar Association, Construction Law Section, Chairman, 2008
  • Dallas Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Construction Law Section, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Consumer Law Section, Member
  • American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Member
  • American Bar Association, Forum On the Construction Industry Section, Member