David received his JD law
degree summa cum laude from Tulane
University. He was awarded a Marshall Scholarship to England
and received the degree of D.Phil. in Law from Oxford University.
He was in the active practice of law in New Orleans before starting Little River Bluffs.
has always had an interest in the preservation of historic
He was on the Board,
then served as president of Louisiana Landmarks
Society from 1976 to
1978. He was also on
the Board, then president of
Preservation Resource Center from 1989
to 1990. He purchased
restored a townhouse, cir. 1832, believed to be the oldest
New Orleans outside the French Quarter.
One of the high points in his professional career was to initiate
idea and then serve as president of the first ever France-Louisiana
Congress of lawyers and judges in Paris in 1975. Partly as a
was named “Outstanding Young Lawyer of Louisiana” by the
State Bar Association.
He then served as
Chair of the first Spain-Louisiana Congress,
convoked in Madrid in 1981.
He served as Chairman in 1997 of the 19th Annual
the Louisiana Preservation Alliance (now the Louisiana Trust for
he is a member of the Little Tchefuncte River Association,
the Save Our Lake Foundation, and the Folsom Native Plant Society.
Also, the Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy, Louisiana Wildlife
Federation, and the Audubon Society. He has a deep concern regarding
nature and the preservation of rivers and natural lands from the
He was certified as a Yoga teacher in 2003.
He served on the
Vestry of and sings in the choir at Christ Episcopal Church in