DAVID J. QUAN
Over the course of his legal career, David has consistently found the practice of labor and employment law to be a fascinating field because he enjoys working with people. “For most people, the workplace is where we spend the vast majority of our time and the people who we work with make up a substantial part of the people who we interact with socially. As a result, the issues that arise in employment law are a reflection of what is going on in society generally. In fact, I have often found that it is at the forefront of those issues.”
In line with that fascination with the issues that arise in the labor and employment field, David brings a broad perspective to his labor and employment law practice. The primary focus during his more than twenty years in this area has been on representing management and employers. However, he has also expanded his practice to include select individuals over the last several years. “I believe that my experience representing both individuals and employers in employment law disputes makes me a better attorney for my clients, as it sharpens my ability to see and anticipate the perspective of the opposing party.”
A native Houstonian, David has also taken his interest and concern for people and applied it in community service. From 2006 through 2012, he served as an Associate Municipal Court Judge for the City of Houston, usually having evening dockets after a regular business day in his practice. “One of the best things about working as a Municipal Court Judge was walking in to court and seeing your docket, and being vividly reminded that in Houston we get to be a part of the most diverse city in the United States.” He has also served on the Board of Directors for Centros Familiaras de la Comunidad (Community Family Centers) and United Against Human Trafficking (formerly Houston Rescue and Restore), as a member of the Asian American Advisory Committee for Houston Independent School District, and as a Sunday School leader and small group leader at First Presbyterian Church. Currently, David serves on the HISD’s Bond Oversight Committee.
David is a product of the Houston Independent School District and graduated from Milby Senior High School. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, where he served as a student legal research and writing instructor. David also received a Masters Degree in Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs. After law school, he served as a judicial law clerk to Chief Judge William J. Cornelius at Texas’ Sixth Court of Appeals in Texarkana and the Honorable Ronald S.W. Lew at the United States District Court in Los Angeles. He is licensed in both Texas and in California (currently inactive).
David has been married for over twenty years to his wife, Rachel, who does large event production and has served as the Vice President of Operations for the last two NCAA Final Four Tournaments in Houston. Together they are proud parents of their son, Nate, who is a student at Lamar High School.
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
SCHOOL OF LAW
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
LBJ SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Masters, Public Affairs
• Texas, California
- United Against Human Trafficking: 2009 – 2014 (chair 2014)
- Centros Familiaras de la Comunidad: 2000 through 2008 (chair 2007)
- Houston Associate Municipal Court Judge: 2006 – 2012
- HISD Asian American Advisory Committee: 2010 through present
- HISD Bond Oversight Committee: 2013 through present