David Gonzalez, Lawyer

David Gonzalez

Lawyer

Areas of Focus:

Federal White Collar Criminal Matters • Civil Plaintiff’s Trial Litigation • Federal and State Appeals • Allegations of Sexual Misconduct • DWI • Serious Juvenile Offenses

Phone: (512) 381-9955

Fax: (512) 381-9955

Email: david@sg-llp.com

David Gonzalez’ career in criminal defense law did not begin as an accident. His passion for defending began with debate and developed in law school at Stanford, where he excelled in the art and logic of trial litigation. It is there where he met his wife and partner, Corinne Sumpter.

While he’s been awarded with multiple honors over the course of his career, David Gonzalez is most proud the relationships and trust he’s earned with his clients, as well as defining a unique and highly effective method of practicing criminal law called the “Integrity Approach.” He keeps his focus fixed firmly on how best to serve his clients as an attorney, and how to make the system treat people more fairly through legislative work with the Texas Criminal Defense Attorney’s Association. David is deeply involved in lending his knowledge and expertise to the community with presentations for continuing legal education (CLE) and teaching adolescents about the law in middle schools and high schools.

The real reason I picked criminal law as my specialty was so that I could date Corinne.
  • Stanford Law School (J.D., 1999)
  • Dartmouth College (B.A. in Government & Education, 1995)
  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of California
  • Lloyd Lochridge Inn of Court – Executive Committee; Programming co-chair • 2012 – present
  • Adjunct Professor – University of Texas School of Law (Trial Advocacy Program)
  • Legislative Counsel – Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (2007-present)
  • Board Certified – Criminal Law – Texas Board of Legal Specialization (2006)
  • Award: 2018 Austin Federal Bar Association, Western District of Texas
  • Texas Monthly SuperLawyers in Criminal Law: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Award: 2017 Austin Bar Association & Texas Center for Legal Ethics Professionalism Award
  • Special Prosecutor, Panola County – Officer involved shooting • 2016
  • Board of Disciplinary Appeals, Appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas • 2015-present
  • Committee to Investigate Reappointment of Federal Magistrate Andrew Austin for the Austin Division of the Western District of Texas • 2015
  • State Bar of Texas District 9 Grievance Committee • 2012 – 2015
  • Western District of Texas Disciplinary Committee, Appointed by Chief of the Western District of Texas • 2014 – present
  • Special Prosecutor, Kendall County – criminal defense lawyer accused of false statement • 2014
  • Special Prosecutor, Travis County – former Governor Rick Perry • 2014
  • Texas Monthly Rising Star in Criminal Law: 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Board of Directors – Capital Area Private Defender Service • 2014 – present
  • Texas Indigent Defense Commission – Weighted Caseload Study Delphi Panel • 2014
  • Texas Indigent Defense Commission – Weighted Caseload Study Advisory Panel • 2014
  • Texas Indigent Defense Commission – Client Choice Project Advisory Panel • 2014
  • Award: 2012 “Excellence in Public Interest by a Private Law Firm” from University of Texas School of Law for Sumpter & Gonzalez
  • Federal Magistrate Selection Committee for the Austin Division of the Western District of Texas • 2012
  • Finalist, 2011 & 2010 Austin Chamber of Commerce “Innovation Award” for Sumpter & Gonzalez
  • Special Outside Counsel, City of Cibolo – investigation of Mayor accused of criminal wrongdoing • 2011
  • Committee to Investigate Reappointment of Federal Magistrate Robert Pitman for the
    Austin Division of the Western District of Texas • 2011
  • ABA Task Force on Comprehensive Representation • 2011
  • LeadershipSBOT Class • 2009-2010
  • Robert Calvert American Inn of Court • 2007 – 2010
  • Winner, 2008 Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Austin Young Lawyers Association and Austin Bar Association
  • Finalist, 2008 Austin Under 40 Award Legal Category
  • Finalist, 2008 American Bar Association National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award American Bar Association
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2006-present
  • Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Board of Directors – 2002-2005
  • Finalist – Stanford Law School Moot Court – 1999
  • Winner of Dartmouth College Barrett Cup Award – 1995
  • 10th Best Speaker at Nationals, National Quarterfinalist Cross-Examination Debate • 1991
  • Winner, 1991 Texas UIL 5A State Champion, Cross-Examination Debate
  • Instructor: University of Texas School of Law Trial Advocacy Program • 2012 – present
  • Participant: Train the Trainers Workshop, Federal Defender’s Office • 2017
  • Participant: Train the Trainers Workshop, Federal Defender’s Office • 2017
  • Instructor: University of Texas School of Law Spring Trial Academy • 2017
  • Instructor: Advanced Criminal Law – Boot Camp • 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Instructor: University of Texas School of Law Fall Litigation Institute • 2013
  • Participant: National College of Criminal Defense Lawyers • 2006
  • Participant: Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College • 2004
  • Participant: Texas Criminal Trial College, 2000
  • YMCA – Youth soccer coach • 2010, 2014, 2015 – 2017
  • Seedling Foundation, President of the Board • 2009-2010
  • Seedling’s Promise for Children of Incarcerated Parents • 2008 – 2010
  • St. David’s Day School, Board of Directors • 2006 – 2010
  • Leadership Academy for Public Service • 2007
  • Leadership Austin Essential Class Member • 2006 – 2007
  • Assistant Foreperson, Travis County Grand Jury • 2004
  • Invited presenter at Kealing Middle School PTA
  • Invited presenter at St. Andrews parent lunch presentations (Upper and Lower School)
  • Invited presenter at Bailey Middle School PTA
  • Invited presenter at St. Gabriel parent lunch presentation: teens and the law; digital citizenship; parenting vs. defending children
  • Invited speaker at Kealing Middle School (entire student body)
  • Invited speaker at Kealing Middle School (Teens and the Law)
  • Invited speaker St. Andrews Upper and Lower School
  • Invited speaker at St. Stephens
  • Invited speaker at Fulmore Middle School (Law Day)
  • Invited speaker at Austin High School