Houghton Bradford Whitted PC, LLO
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About David S. Houghton

David has over 35 years of experience as a business and trial lawyer. He has an extensive background in both jury and non-jury cases involving construction, claims involving design professionals, taxes and corporate and general commercial transactions. David has successfully handled matters before all state and federal courts, and has broad experience in director and officer liability matters, design law and construction law, as well as extensive business experience in the areas of taxation and mergers and acquisitions.

David is a past President of the Nebraska State Bar Association and the Omaha Bar Association and has served as Nebraska's State Delegate to the American Bar Association's House of Delegates. He is also a past President of the National Conference of Bar Presidents. He is a past Chair of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation and was elected to the Foundation's Board of Directors in 2011. He is currently the President of the Foundation Board. He is also a Fellow of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation. He is "AV" rated in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and is listed in the Best Lawyers in America in the area of commercial litigation and is named in the Great Plains Super Lawyers list.

David graduated from Drake University in 1973, and in 1975, he graduated with high distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law, where he was Notes and Comments Editor of the Iowa Law Review. After graduation, David served as judicial clerk to the Honorable Donald P. Lay of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

David has taught trial practice at Creighton University School of Law and has spoken at numerous construction and architect/engineer seminars.


  • J.D., University of Iowa College of Law, with high distinction, 1975
  • B.S.B.A., Drake University, 1973

Bar Admissions:

  • Nebraska, 1976
  • U. S. District Court District of Nebraska
  • U. S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
    • Forum on Construction Law
    • Member, House of Delegates, 1998-2012
    • Nebraska State Delegate, 2002-2011
    • Chair, Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
    • President, 1995-1996
    • Member of Section on Senior Lawyers
  • Omaha Bar Association
    • President, 1993-1994
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents
    • President, 2002-2003
  • American Bar Foundation
    • Board of Directors, 2011-present (Vice President)
    • Chair of the Fellows
  • Nebraska State Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Professional Liability Defense Federation, 2011-present
  • Best Lawyer – Commercial Litigation, 2009-present
  • Super Lawyer, 2007-present
  • Martindale Hubbell (AV Preeminent rating)