David J. Pels, Partner


david-j-pelsDavid J. Pels focuses his practice in the areas of business torts and commercial litigation, personal injury litigation and transportation law. Mr. Pels is admitted to practice before the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, the Western District of Oklahoma, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Pels is licensed in Texas, having graduated from Loyola University School of Law.

He is a Past Chair of the Tarrant County Bar Association’s Election Commission, member of the Association of Transportation Law Professionals, National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, and Texas Association of Defense Counsel and a former arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association. Prior to joining Brown Dean, Mr. Pels was a partner at Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller, LLP. He also served four years as a Captain in the U.S. Army Jag Corps.







































David J. Pels

Fort Worth, TX
T: 817. 332.1391
F: 817. 870.2427
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Practice Areas

Business Torts

Commercial Litigation

Personal Injury Litigation

Transportation Law


Loyola University School of Law (J.D. 1979)

Loyola University (B.A. 1976, cum laude)

____ The Code (Loyola Law School newspaper), Editor-in-Chief 1978, 1979

United States Army, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Captain 1980-84

Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller, LLP, Partner 1989-2016

Admissions and Certifications

State Bar of Texas (1979)

U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas

U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma

U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Military Appeals

U.S. Army Court of Military Review

Professional Affiliations and Memberships

American Arbitration Association, former arbitrator

American Bar Association

Association of Transportation Law Professionals

National Association of Railroad Trial counsel

Tarrant County Bar Association (Elections Committee, Chair, 2016-2017, Chair-Elect. 2015-2016)

Tarrant County Bar Foundation Charter Fellow and Sustaining Life Fellow

Texas Association of Defense Counsel

Texas Bar Foundation,, Sustaining Life Fellow

Cowtown Executives Association, (Past Board Member and Past President and Chairman)

Fort Worth Business Professionals Networking Group (2013-2016)