David Canales represents clients on a broad range of corporate matters, including mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, private equity investments, and general corporate matters, in both domestic and cross-border transactions. In addition, David has experience drafting and negotiating energy-related transactions in connection with projects, investments, and divestments. Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, David worked for another international law firm, and prior to that he worked as in-house counsel for an international oil and gas company. David’s fluency in English and Spanish uniquely qualifies him to review, analyze, draft, and negotiate complex legal documents in both languages.
After graduating from Tulane University Law School, David was awarded a fellowship with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute where he worked for the US Treasury Department in Washington, DC and Grupo Salinas in Mexico City, Mexico.
Tulane University Law School, 2010, J.D.
University of Houston, 2005, B.B.A., cum laude
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Law Firm of the Year, Energy/Projects: Power (including Renewables), Chambers USA (2018)
Member, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
Member, Houston Young Lawyers Association
Member, Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession Committee, Houston Bar Association
Recipient, Outstanding Chair Award, Houston Young Lawyers Association (2016–2017)
Co-Chair, Diversity Committee, Houston Young Lawyers Association (2016–2017)
Board Director, Houston Young Lawyers Association (2015–2016)
Fellow, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (2010–2011)