David F. Barton has extensive litigation experience concentrating his practice in environmental, administrative, government and government contracts law. He joined Gardner Law in 1996 after serving as a United States Air Force JAG officer, as well as having six years of private practice with a Texas firm. Mr. Barton successfully prosecuted the landmark case of Rothe Development Corp. v. The United States, 545 F.3d 1023 (Fed. Cir. 2008), finding, as unconstitutional, a Department of Defense procurement minority preference program.
Mr. Barton counsels clients in environmental matters, government contracts, regulatory compliance, commercial law, and litigation related to those areas. He represents industries, businesses, and government units on matters involving water, air, solid and hazardous waste, toxins, wetlands, endangered species, historic preservation, NEPA, Superfund and federal and state court litigation in those areas. He has taught courses in criminal law, litigation, administration of justice and environmental crimes at several universities throughout the United States, and he has been a guest speaker at environmental law, government contract and construction law seminars.
State Bar of Texas, 1991 State Bar of Arkansas, 1976 United States Supreme Court United States Court of Federal Claims United States Court of Military Appeals United States Circuit Court of Appeals United States District Court State Bar of Texas Environmental & Natural Resources Section College of the State Bar of Texas Arkansas Bar Association (Fellow) Association of Trial Lawyers of America San Antonio Bar Association, Environmental Section San Antonio Manufacturers Association, Alamo Area Chapter Air & Waste Management Association San Antonio Water System, Citizens Advisory Panel Mountain States Legal Foundation, Board of Litigation United States Air Force, Retired Lt. Col.
Education & Awards
University of Arkansas, J.D. 1975 University of Missouri at Columbia, B.A. 1967
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