David L. Tolin

Principal | Houston


David L. Tolin is a Principal at Cokinos | Young in Houston, Texas. David focuses his practice on the transactional aspects of construction law and routinely assists clients in preparing and negotiating all types of contracts and related project documents. He represents contracting parties across the spectrum of construction projects, from large-scale industrial and EPC projects to commercial and residential construction, and his clients include owners, contractors, subcontractors, and design professionals. David also counsels clients on business and legal issues that arise during construction and helps clients vigorously assert and protect their mechanic’s lien and bond rights. He is a frequent speaker at seminars and presentations across the state of Texas, and his writings concerning contract and lien law have been featured in numerous trade and industry publications.


  • South Texas College of Law – J.D., summa cum laude, 2010
  • Lamar University – B.S. Communication, 2002


  • Fast Track Arbitrations: Another Alternative for Resolving Disputes – Construction Law Journal, March 2013
  • Watch Your Language: The High Cost of Delays – Modern Contractor Solutions, May 2013
  • Understanding Key Contractual Provisions and Issues – HalfMoon Educational Seminar, October 2013
  • Home Town Advantage: Understanding Venue, Choice of Law & Forum Selection Clauses – Modern Contractor Solutions, November 2013
  • Negotiating Delays and Contract Provisions that Address Time – American Subcontractors Association Presentation, April 2014
  • Let’s Be Clear: The Importance of Clarity in Contract Drafting – Modern Contractor Solutions, October 2014
  • Texas Lien Claims for Subcontractors and Suppliers – 2017 TLPCA Convention and Trade Show, June 2016
  • Texas Lien and Bond Claims – Texas State Bar Basics in Construction Law Course, November 2016
  • Important Changes to 2017 AIA Contract Forms – www.cokinoslaw.com, September 2017
  • Texas Mechanic’s Liens and Bonds – LexisNexis Practice Advisor, November 2017 (to present)
  • Understanding Construction Contract Essentials – HalfMoon Construction Contract Workshop, Morning Session, February 2018
  • Examining Legal Issues and Contract Disputes – HalfMoon Construction Contract Workshop, Afternoon Session, February 2018
  • Texas Construction Claims – Texas A&M Department of Construction Science Training Seminar, July 2018
  • Avoiding, Transferring, & Limiting Risks in EPC Contracts – 6th Annual Contract and Risk Management Conference, September 2018
  • Texas Construction Claims – Texas A&M Department of Construction Science Training Seminar, July 2019
  • Contract and Risk Management Conference for Construction and Capital Projects, September 2019 – Conference Chairperson

Memberships & Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas, Construction Law Section
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Associated General Contractors of America, Houston Chapter
  • Associated General Contractors of America, Construction Leadership Council
  • American Subcontractors Association, Houston Chapter
  • Houston Contractors Association


  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Court: Southern & Western Districts of Texas

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