David T. Denney


David is an attorney whose firm counsels restaurants, bars, and other members of the hospitality community. He earned his J.D. from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, and is a member of both the Texas and Tennessee State Bars.

David and his team focus the majority of their practice on matters including the formation, purchase and sale of business entities; private equity transactions; commercial leases and real estate transactions; trademark protection; employment matters; beverage alcohol licensing; and franchising. The firm also defends its clients in various types of civil litigation.

David’s professional commitment to the food and beverage community is highlighted by his industry-wide involvement, including:

- GREATER DALLAS RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION Board of Directors, 2013-present; Executive Committee 2015-present; President-elect, 2020-21.

- Speaker: 2009-2017 HOSPITALITY LAW CONFERENCES; 2016 Food Business Law continuing legal education; 2015 Legal Issues in the Texas Hospitality Industry continuing legal education; 2015 Dallas Startup Week; 2015 San Antonio Cocktail Conference; 2013-2014 NIGHTCLUB AND BAR Convention & Trade Show; 2013-2014 HOSPITALITY FINANCE & TECHNOLOGY PROFESSIONALS Conference; 2011 CLUB MANAGERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA Conference, 2011 RESORT HOTEL ASSOCIATION Conference, 2009 MEXICAN RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION Conference, 2009 FS/TEC Conference and 2008 DINEAMERICA Conference.

- David is a frequent contributor to Restaurant Startup & Growth Magazine, and has had articles featured in QSR Magazine, Nightclub & Bar Magazine, In the Mix Magazine, Food Safety Solutions, the CMAA Newsletter and various HospitalityLawyer.com newsletters.

- David is an adjunct professor and member of the Professional Advisory Committee for the INTERNATIONAL CULINARY SCHOOL AT THE ART INSTITUTE OF DALLAS.

David is also a Member of the NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION and the GLOBAL ALLIANCE OF HOSPITALITY ATTORNEYS.

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