Lawyer (Law)
Midland, TX

David W. Lauritzen

Shareholder | Cotton Bledsoe Tighe & Dawson, PC

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With over twenty years of experience, David W. Lauritzen is a distinguished trial lawyer known for his legal prowess and industry-leading representation. Currently based in Midland, Texas, Mr. Lauritzen is a shareholder in the litigation section of Cotton Bledsoe Tighe & Dawson, PC, where he primarily represents independent oil companies in contract, employment, and personal injury law.

A political science graduate of Yale University with a concentration in Soviet military theory, Mr. Lauritzen originally intended to become a civil analyst on Soviet issues for the federal government. As he tells it, his plans changed when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991:

My plan was to work for the government for a while and then go to an independent think tank. Unfortunately, when Gorbachev resigned, and the Soviet Union fell, President Bush put an immediate hiring freeze on departments involving Russia. I was highly skilled in an area that didn’t exist anymore, so I decided that a career in law would be the best fit for me.

After earning his Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law in 1996, Mr. Lauritzen began his law career defending national insurance companies and their insureds from personal injury claims throughout Texas and New Mexico. Today, he runs a diverse defense practice representing clients in everything from oil and gas contract disputes to cases involving a breach of fiduciary duties.

What sets Mr. Lauritzen apart from his peers is his in-depth legal knowledge and ability to deliver creative, cost-effective solutions to complex problems. Mr. Lauritzen is renowned for his high-quality service, offering clients the resources and results of a larger firm with the attention and respect of a smaller firm. His success in his field is evident from his myriad of representative cases, including a favorable ruling from the Texas Supreme Court that solidified Texas premises law.

As a thought leader in his field, Mr. Lauritzen regularly publishes articles, teaches courses, and gives presentations on prevailing developments in the legal industry. Commenting on what is currently capturing his attention, he noted that with the rapid increase in technological advancement, he is seeing a massive rise in electronic discovery:

Right now, there are firms that do nothing but e-discovery. They’ll take a data picture of a network, computer, or phone, and then process that data to provide evidence in a trial.

With more than two decades of successful practice behind him, Mr. Lauritzen shows no signs of slowing down. Looking to the future, he plans to continue developing his specialty while acting as a mentor to the firm’s new attorneys.

When not practicing law, Mr. Lauritzen is actively involved in his community. He is currently the incoming president for the Midland Odessa Symphony Corral, on the board for CASA, a court-appointed special advocate for children, and an adjunct professor at Midland College.

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Professional Memberships & Community Involvement

  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of New Mexico
  • Midland County Bar Association
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • Defense Research Institute 
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Board of Directors
  • State Bar of Texas, Disciplinary Grievance Panel 16-4
  • Midland College, Adjunct Professor
  • Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale, President-Elect
  • Midland Community Theatre, Past President
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of West Texas, Advisory Board
  • Midland Boy Scouts Council, Board Member


  • University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1996) 
    • ​​Honors: Trial Director of the Board of Advocates; National Moot Court Team
  • Yale University (B.A., Political Science–Soviet Military Theory, with honors, 1992)
    • ​​Honors: Berkeley College Fellows Prize; Highest Honors on Senior Thesis

Areas of Practice

  • Oil and Gas Litigation
  • Federal and State Appeals
  • Commercial Litigation and Insurance Defense
  • Employment Defense
  • Estates and Trusts Fiduciary Litigation
  • Qui Tam Defense


  • Texas
  • New Mexico
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas 
  • U.S. District Court, <<which district?>> District of New Mexico
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

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