David Folsom Accepted to the American Board of Trial Advocates


ABOTA is a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The group has chapters in every state, and its members constitute a “who’s who” of the trial lawyers nationwide; judges, legislators, and community leaders believe that ABOTA encompasses what is “best” in the legal profession. Members are urged to actively participate in their local and national chapters through the many programs offered through the organization. To learn more about this group, CLICK HERE.

David is a partner in Jackson Walker’s Litigation practice group, and he leads the firm’s Texarkana office. As former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, David brings his expertise and insight to cases both in and out of the Eastern District. He is significantly involved with the firm’s intellectual property litigation matters. He also focuses his practice on mediation and arbitration, specifically in mediating patent and complex commercial cases. David retired from the federal bench in March 2012. He was appointed by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate in 1995, and he served for 17 years in the Eastern District. During his tenure, he conducted over 250 trials, presided over hundreds of patent cases, and held approximately 75 claim construction hearings. Mr. Folsom also served by designation on the Courts of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and for the Federal Circuit. He received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Arkansas.