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Hon. David W. Houston, III

United States Bankruptcy Judge (Retired)

Aberdeen, MS

Class: IV (1993)Circuit: Fifth


University of Mississippi, B.B.A. (1966)
University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D. (1969)

Professional Career

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, (1983-13)
Former City Attorney, City of Aberdeen (1976-83)
Former Municipal Judge, City of Aberdeen
Former Assistant District Attorney, First Circuit Court District of Mississippi
Partner, Houston, Chamberlin and Houston, Aberdeen, Mississippi (1972-83)
Special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, (1969-72)


Mississippi State Bar Association, Board of Bar Commissioners (1982-85)
First Judicial District Bar Association, President (1979-80)
Mississippi Bar Foundation, Fellow
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges: Board of Governors (1985-88; 89-91); President (1993-94); Chair, Legislative Committee (1995-98; 2003-13)
American Bankruptcy Institute: Board of Directors (1996-06); Co-Chair, Legislative Committee (1999-10); Judicial Chair, ABI Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop (1995-03)
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Bankruptcy Judge Representative to Judicial Council (2005-08)
Judicial Conference Committee on the Budget (1997-13); Chair, Congressional Outreach Subcommittee (2010-13); Committee on the Administrative Office (1987-96)
Faculty member and lecturer: Federal Judicial Center; American Bankruptcy Institute; Memphis Bar Association; Tennessee Bar Association; West Texas Bankruptcy Conference; Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute; Mississippi Bankruptcy Conference
Alabama Bar Association; South Florida Bankruptcy Bar Association
Visiting bankruptcy judge in Southern District of Mississippi, Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas, Middle District of Louisiana


Mississippi Bar Association Judicial Excellence Award (2011)
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, Bierce Award (2003)