David W. Hutton Curriculum Vitae

David W. Hutton is a contract attorney engaged in international and domestic transactions for businesses; especially those new to the expanding national or international market. He has extensive experience establishing legal departments within corporate structures for the first time.

He served as the Chief Prosecutor and Assistant Attorney General for The Office of The Attorney General for The Northern Mariana Islands. As well, serving as the Chief and General Counsel for Cabela's, the World's foremost outfitter of hunting and fishing gear around the globe and as the Texas General Counsel for Holly Hills, a Long Beach, California based commercial real estate company. He also acted as the Vice-President and General Counsel for Village Properties, Inc.


Fifth and Eighth Circuit Courts

Supreme Court of the United States of America

Writ of Certiorari To The Supreme Court Of The United States, Donnie Collum v. Neil B. Cain, Warden, Louisiana State Penitentiary, Lead Counsel SSee the Writ

Two Co-Anchor guest appearances

Court TV with Chief Correspondent Fred Graham.

Subject of a feature story


Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

  • Nebraska
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Mississippi


  • Juris Doctorate, California Western School of Law, San Diego, California
  • The Hague Academy of International Law, Den Hague, Netherlands (Academie de` Droit International de La Haye) Advanced Public and Private International Law, and Advanced, International Law

Employment History

Attorney At Law February, 2012 to The Present

Commercial contracts of a complex nature, particularly International. Software and logistical, information matrix, analytics. IT and IP transactions and vendor agreements and URL shortening agreements. Management of outside counsel. Conversion and critical ratio agreements of all types for lead generation and marketing. Litigation. Representation before Governmental Regulatory Agencies, State and Federal.

Chief Counsel

Whitestone Reit (NYSE: WSR) Houston, TX July, 2012 to February, 2012

Directed all phases of transactional leasing, financing, property management, landlord/tenant, and contract negotiation as well as premises liability and risk assessment representation. Performed Litigation on existing disputes. Managed and provide general legal advice and representation to the senior management on all issues involving commercial real estate development, acquisition, disposition, and management. Strategically streamlined dependence on outside counsel. Saved $120,000 on outside retainer and legal fees within 7 weeks of joining company.

International Attorney

International Legal Consultants TX , January 2007 to July 2012

Consulted with many international and domestic vendors working with export and import of goods into the US and other countries: Turkey, Egypt, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Dominican Republic, Trinidad, Mexico, Brazil, and Bulgaria. Implemented customers' own legal representation in house and created an outside counsel management policy.

General Counsel

Holly Hills Development Inc, San Antonio, TX, July 2006 to January 2007

Managed continuous daily analysis liability of damages and fault provisions agreements. Managed outside counsel in California, Utah and Nevada. Incorporated real estate risk-management strategies; pre-contract prevention, allocation, structuring, alternative risk transfer (ART) underwriting, and internal corporate methods to greatly reduce exposure of both contract and tortuous liability. Implemented new risk management assessment plans and collected metrics of company goals, identifying risks and threats, acceptable operating ranges and evaluating responses. Established all aspects of real estate law; transactional negotiation, drafting and execution of industrial and commercial real estate, construction agreements; including AIA agreements, outside vendor and state, economic development incentive and financing agreements.

Chief Criminal Prosecutor

Northern Mariana Islands Attorney General, Saipan, MP , July 2002 To September 2005

Managed a task force comprised of Assistant Attorney General Staff and department heads of other governmental agencies charged to protect the Northern Mariana Islands' Treasury. Collaborated with enforcement and compliance law; guaranteed repatriation of displaced foreign nationals, concluded garment and government manufacturing contracts, prohibited " corporate flight," and froze and distributed assets belonging to the Commonwealth. Reviewed all incoming cases, which totaled approximately 1000 per year; oversight of Immigration. Executed the enforcement for deportations, reviewed all arrests, and performed search and wiretap warrants. Led extraditions of foreign nationals from countries such as the Philippines, Thailand, and South Korea. Reduced open case file number by 60% from 2100 to below 900. Effectively prosecuted four murder cases resulting in a 400% increase in conviction rate. Successful prosecutions which resulted in the largest and third largest sentences in CNMI history. Successfully prosecuted the second largest crystal methamphetamine case in NMI history, a result of a sting operation conducted with the cooperation and assistance of the Criminal Investigation Bureau of the Department of Public Safety


General Counsel

Cabela's, Worlds Foremost Outfitter Sidney, NE December 1999 to July 2002

Incorporated the formation, structuring, and supervision of the first legal department within the corporate structure. Provided legal advice and analysis dealing with in-house litigation involving complex legal issues to meet the business objectives. complex state economic development; private agreements required continuing analysis for compliance. Established Cabela's real estate estoppels, waivers and subordination; non-disturbance documents with joint parcel tenants, and ancillary to these were the leases, triple net as well as percentage. Developed risk management techniques to reduction of liability exposure of construction of large retail facilities, AIA drafting, exposure of risks for products sold and managed, allocation of risk implementation which included hold harmless, indemnify and defend requirements. Identified site-location strategy and demographic analysis, interactions, and negotiations with property owners, managers, REITS, national and global retailers such as Wal-Mart and JC Penny. Interacted with government agencies for official published clarification for reassurances.

Vice President and General Counsel

Village Properties, Inc. Pulaski, TN April 1996 to December 1999

Managed and provided general legal advice and representation to the senior management on all issues involving commercial real estate development, acquisition, disposition, and management. Directed all phases of transactional leasing, financing, property management, landlord/tenant, and contract negotiation as well as premises liability representation. Tenants consisted of national retailers including: Belk, Wal-Mart, JC Penney, Peebles Dept. Stores, Payless Shoes, Sears, K-Mart, Movie Gallery, On Cue, Tractor Supply, Maurice's, Dollar General, Family Dollar, and others.

Attorney, Owner

David Hutton and Associates San Antonio, TX September 1984 to April 1996

Owned and operated a private law firm, which consisted of offices in Jackson, Mississippi and San Antonio, Texas. Established practice that included litigation and appellate practice before both the State and Federal Judiciary. Incorporated areas of litigation involved in complex legal issues across diverse areas of law.