David M. Berman


Equity Partner

Email:  dberman@njdhs.com

Phone: 214-965-9900

Fax: 214-965-0010


More than 30 years’ experience representing cities throughout Texas. Currently serves as City Attorney for the City of Rowlett, Town of Double Oak, and the Town of Talty; General Counsel to the Civil Service Board for the City of Richardson; and City Prosecutor for the City of Coppell. A frequent speaker on a variety of subject matters affecting municipalities, including subdivision and land development, planning and zoning, and open government.

Successfully represented several municipalities in high-profile civil litigation, including cases for inverse condemnation, eminent domain, breach of contract, and annexation.  Instrumental in Rowlett’s Bayside/Sapphire Bay Project, involving the acquisition and transfer of land and territorial jurisdiction, and the economic development, of the former Elgin Robertson Park area, involving an economic development project valued at over $1 billion.


  • Municipal Law Litigation & Appeals
  • Economic Development Substandard Building Enforcement
  • Land Use and Zoning


  • Land Use Law; Current Issues in Subdivision, Annexation, and Zoning, National Business Institute
  • Plat and Subdivision Law in Texas, Lorman Education
  • Planning and Zoning, Lorman Education
  • Planning and Zoning, American Planning Association
  • Open Meetings and Public Information Act, Texas Municipal League
  • Public Works, CLE International


  • El Centro College, Instructor, Business Law, 1985 – 1994
  • State Bar of Texas – Member
  • Member, Texas City Attorneys Association


KMS Retail v. City of Rowlett, 593 S.W.3d 175 (Tex. 2019); Rowlett/2000, Ltd. v. City of Rowlett, 231 S.W.3d 587 (Tex.App.–Dallas 2007, pet. den. ); Five Land, Ltd. V. City of Rowlett, 293 S.W.3d 917 (Tex.App-Dallas, 2009); Hubert v. Davis, 170 S.W.3d (Tex. App.–Tyler 2005, pet. den. ) Simmons v. Kuzmich, 166 S.W.3d 706 (Tex. App.–Fort Worth 2005 ); In re Porter, 126 S.W.3d 708 (Tex.App.-Dallas 2004); Hartsell v. Town of Talty, 130 S.W.3d 325 (Tex. App.–Dallas 2004, pet. den. ) City of Balch Springs, Tex. v. Lucas, 101 S.W.3d 116 (Tex. App.–Dallas 2002, no pet. ) George A. Fuller Co. of Tex., Inc. v. Carpet Services, Inc., 823 S.W.2d 603 (Tex.1992 ) Commerce, Crowdus & Canton, Ltd. v. DKS Const., Inc., 776 S.W.2d 615 (Tex. App.–Dallas 1989, writ ref’d, n.r.e. )


  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas, 1984 J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • State University of New York, Stony Brook, New York, 1981 M.S., Master of Science Major: Policy Analysis and Public Management
  • State University of New York, Stony Brook, New York, 1981 B.A., Bachelor of Arts Major: Sociology


  • Texas
  • 1984 U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • 1984 U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • 1984 U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • 1984 U.S. Supreme Court


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