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David T. Denney, Principal

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Mr. Denney's practice encompasses both corporate transactions and business litigation. Prior to forming the firm in early 2007, David practiced with Vial, Hamilton, Koch & Knox, LLP, where he was a member of the Litigation and Corporate Transaction Practice Groups, and where he founded and chaired the Food, Beverage and Hospitality Practice Group. David frequently speaks across the country on legal issues facing the restaurant, bar and hospitality industries.

Corporate Transactions
Mr. Denney's corporate practice is focused on developing and growing both new and existing businesses. He counsels businesses by advising them on (among other things):
• corporate formation, structure and general governance issues;
• growth strategies;
• contract drafting and negotiation;
• merger and acquisition activities from letter of intent through definitive agreement;
• development of internal policies and procedures;
• employment matters; and
• drafting and/or negotiation of franchise agreements.

Business Litigation
Mr. Denney’s litigation practice encompasses most facets of business-related litigation, including:
• complex commercial and trade secret litigation;
• contractual disputes;
• ownership disputes; and
• real estate litigation.

EDUCATION
• Southern Methodist University, J.D., 2001
• Southern Nazarene University, B.S., magna cum laude, 1997
• Keble College, Oxford University, Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 1996
• Georgetown University, Engalitcheff Institute for Comparative Political & Economic Systems, 1995

CIVIC & PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
• Board Member & Executive Committee Member, Greater Dallas Restaurant Association
• Adjunct Professor, The Art Institute of Dallas
• Member, National Restaurant Association/Texas Restaurant Association
• Member, Global Alliance of Hospitality Attorneys
• Member, Professional Advisory Committee: Art Institute of Dallas School of Culinary Arts

PROFESSIONAL LICENSES
David is licensed to practice law in both Texas and Tennessee.