Baker Botts LLP

David Sterling

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David Sterling is the former Chair of Baker Botts’ Litigation Department, having previously served as the head of the firm’s Securities and Shareholder Litigation group. He principally represents companies and their officers and directors in securities class actions, derivative lawsuits, suits challenging mergers, and in proxy litigation and other litigation. He also often represents special litigation committees and audit committees in connection with investigations and derivative litigation.


Recognized as a leading securities lawyer by numerous nationwide and Texas legal directories, in November 2017, The National Law Journal named David to its list of "Litigation Trailblazers" for representing a client in what is considered to be the most widely-followed securities class action in the United States since 1988 (Erica P. John Fund, Inc. v. Halliburton Co.).

Professional Memberships

State Bar of Texas; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeals – Fifth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits; District Courts for the Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas


J.D. (with honors), The University of Texas School of Law, 1984; B.A., economics, Williams College, 1980