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David Lawrence focuses his practice on commercial real estate development and finance matters. His practice includes representing lenders in a variety of loan origination transactions for interim, construction, and permanent financing, and in connection with working out existing loans.

David also represents real estate developers in connection with the acquisition, sale, financing, leasing, and development of real estate, including multifamily, office, retail, industrial, hospitality, and mixed-use properties. He has represented a range of developers in drafting and negotiations related to purchase and sale agreements, joint venture and preferred equity agreements, financing documents, and closing documents. David also has experience related to obtaining financing for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans on commercial property.

In addition to representing various lenders, David has also represented lenders and securitized commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) trusts in the resolution of defaulted or troubled loan workouts, including loan sales, maturity default resolutions, collateral foreclosures, deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure, loan payoffs, and sales of REO properties.

Ranked among the top six firms in Texas for Real Estate in Chambers USA 2019 by Chambers and Partners

Named to D Magazine's list of Best Lawyers Under 40 2019

Thompson & Knight Diversity & Inclusion Committee and Recruiting/Hiring Committee

Honors & Affiliations


  • “Best Lawyers Under 40 in Dallas” by D Magazine, 2019


  • Business Council for the Arts Leadership Arts Institute, Class of 2018-2019
  • Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Thompson & Knight LLP, 2019
  • Recruiting/Hiring Committee, Thompson & Knight LLP, 2019

Education & Admissions


  • J.D., 2010, cum laude, SMU Dedman School of Law, Articles Editor, SMU Law Review; Dean’s Scholarship Recipient; Phi Delta Phi
  • B.B.A., 2007, cum laude, University of Notre Dame


  • Texas