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David DeSoto
David DeSoto

Senior Mediator

Senior MediatorThis mediator has at least 100 hours of mediation training, 500 hours of mediation experience, agrees to take part in at least 12 hours per year of continuing mediation education, and subscribes to's required standards of mediation practice.Premium Member

David DeSoto

David serves as a mediator in a wide variety of practice areas including collections, real estate, consumer bankruptcy, business bankruptcy, personal injury, auto accidents, contracts, foreign judgments, employment discrimination, property disputes, probate, foreclosures, evictions, and family law matters addressing paternity, custody, and division of marital property.

While his principal office is just minutes from the Galleria and Greenway Plaza, David is available to assist parties throughout the United States and also provides online mediation services.

With over 25 years of legal experience in civil litigation, consumer and business bankruptcy, David mediates and arbitrates all types of matters, including business, bankruptcy, civil, commercial, employment, insurance, personal injury, and family law.

As an arbitrator, David regularly presides over a diverse variety of complex matters including taxation, disability rights, consumer law, medical billing, and securities.

He is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars throughout Texas and has authored dozens of legal education articles on a multitude of topics, including bankruptcy and mediation.  David is an active member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Houston Bar Association and the Texas Association of Mediators, regularly serves as a volunteer mediator with the Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) for Harris County, and also assists in educating, training, and mentoring new mediators.

Prior to joining Mann Law Firm PLLC, David was the senior bankruptcy associate at Mann & Stevens, P.C. Before joining Mann & Stevens, David served as the staff attorney for a Chapter 13 trustee after having spent several years managing a large consumer debtor firm with offices in San Antonio and Corpus Christi, Texas where he assisted hundreds of consumer debtors and small businesses in obtaining bankruptcy relief. Prior to entering the private sector, David was an Assistant Attorney General in the Child Support Division of the Office of the Attorney General of Texas, handling a unique caseload consisting of interstate and international child support enforcement matters and representation of the agency in bankruptcy matters.

ADR Experience

With over 100 hours of training in mediation and arbitration, David routinely serves as a mediator and helps guide disputing parties through their conflicts so that they may settle their claims or lawsuits. Prior to becoming a mediator, David represented parties in the courtroom and at mediation, so he understands the viewpoint from all four corners of the mediation table. He is a staunch advocate of the negotiation process, and commits his time to training and mentoring new mediators, and regularly volunteers his time as a mediator and trainer with the Dispute Resolution Center for Harris County.


Prior to becoming a mediator, David represented parties in the courtroom and in mediation, so he understands the viewpoint from all four corners of the mediation table. The diversity of David’s experience in representing state agencies, individual consumers, bankruptcy trustees, and financial institutions, has provided him with a unique perspective and the ability to understand the concerns that are unique to the various vantage points of each party in the legal process.


Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) from the Texas Tech University School of Law.

Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Associate of Arts degree in history from San Antonio College.

Areas Of Practice

  • Accidents
  • Automotive
  • Bankruptcy
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Contracts
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Employment
  • Estate Planning
  • Evictions
  • Family
  • Foreclosure
  • General
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • International
  • Labor - Management
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Marital Mediation
  • Neighbor to Neighbor
  • Online Civil
  • Online Family/Divorce
  • Online Mediation
  • Organizational
  • Partnership
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Real Estate
  • Workplace

Additional Services

  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Arbitrator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Online Arbitrator
  • Representational Lawyer
  • Staff Developer

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

Professional Associations

  • TAM - Texas Assoc. of Mediators
  • FINRA - Financial Industry Regulatory Auth.