Baylor Law Baylor
David G. Tekell
Tekell & Atkins, L.L.P.

For 25 years, David Tekell has been representing clients on both sides of the civil docket. He has extensive experience in defending and prosecuting personal injury claims where insurance is involved and pursuing and defending claims against insurance companies. Mr. Tekell actively represents clients in a variety of business disputes, including construction, employment and fiduciary responsibility claims, both as plaintiff and defendant.

In 2007, David Tekell was selected by James Publishing Company to take over writing and editing the Annual Supplements to the Texas DTPA Forms and Practice Guide after the retirement of its primary authors, David Bragg and Michael Curry. Mr. Tekell also teaches a three-hour course in Consumer Protection Law at Baylor University School of Law.

David Tekell is often called upon to act as local counsel for parties appearing in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, Waco Division. He has extensive federal court experience dating back to his service as a full-time intern to United States District Judge Walter S. Smith, Jr. in 1986. His wife, Angela, served as Judge Smith's briefing attorney from 1989 to 1991. David Tekell has appeared in federal courts from California to New Jersey, and maintains an active docket in three of the four federal districts in Texas. He is also admitted in the United States District Court in Arizona, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.


Civil Litigation
Life Insurance Claims
Class Actions
Commercial Litigation
Consumer Litigation
Insurance Bad Faith
Personal Injury


90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2004
Consumer & Commercial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2004


Texas, 1986
U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1988
U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1987
U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1996
U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1996
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1987


University of California, Hastings College of the Law,
San Francisco, California J.D. - 1986
Honors: David Snodgrass Moot Court Award, Best Brief, 1985
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California B.S. - 1983
Major: Accounting

Published Works

DTPA Forms and Practice Guide, James Publishing, 2008
DTPA Forms and Practice Guide Annual Spplement, James Publishing, 2009
DTPA Forms and Practice Guide Annual Supplement, James Publishing, 2010


Pleasant v. Bradford, 260 S.W.3d 546 (Texas. Ct. App 2008)
Ganske v. WRS Group, 2007 Tex. App. LEXIS 2991 (Tex. Ct. App. 2007)
Ganske v. Spence, 129 S.W.3d 701 (Tex. Ct. App. 2004)
Service Finance v. Adriatic Ins. Co., 46 S.W.3d 436 (Tex. Ct. App. 2001)
Crown Life Ins. Co. v. Casteel, 22 S.W.3d 378 (Tex. Sup. Ct. 2000)
City of Beverly Hills v. Guevara, 904 S.W.2d 655 (Tex. Sup. Ct. 1995)
Employers Cas. Co. v. Henager, 852 S.W.2d 655 (Tex. Sup. Ct. 1993)
Johnson v. Whitney Sand & Gravel, 828 S.W.2d 801 (Tex. Ct. App. 1992)


The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company


Stewart Kelly, Kelly Realtors, Waco, Texas


Consumer Protection, Baylor University School of Law, August 25, 2008 - Present


Waco-McLennan County Bar Association, Member
American Bar Association, Member
State Bar of Texas, Member
American Association for Justice, Member


Naman, Howell, Smith & Lee, P.C., Member, 1994 - 1997
Naman, Howell, Smith & Lee, P.C., Associate, 1986 - 1994




Phi Delta Phi


David G. Tekell

Courses Taught
Consumer Protection


Tekell & Atkins, L.L.P.
Telephone: 254.776.5095
Fax: 254.776.5091