David K. Hou
Mr. Hou focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, municipal law, intellectual property, and employment law.
Practice Areas


J.D., Boston University School of Law (1999)
B.A., University of Chicago (1996)
Phillips Academy (Andover, Massachusetts) (1992)


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Mr. Hou has significant experience representing clients in state and federal courts, including bench and jury trials, appellate practice, as well as alternative dispute resolution. His municipal practice includes representing municipalities and governmental agencies, particularly with respect to town board, planning, zoning, and litigation matters.  He is experienced in all aspects of trademark registration practice, copyright, and licensing transactions. He also advises clients with regard to matters involving confidential information, noncompetition covenants and trade secrets. Mr. Hou’s employment practice includes counselling clients and litigating claims on matters involving federal and state discrimination and employee benefits.

Professional Honors & Achievements

Mr. Hou has been recognized by Best Lawyers (2021-2023) as a Best Lawyer in America for his work in Municipal Law.
In 2013, he was selected as an Upstate New York Super Lawyer & Rising Star Attorney, and in 2015 was placed on the “Super Lawyers” list.
Mr. Hou is also a 2009 recipient of the Rochester Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” award, and has written a number of legal articles for the Daily Record. He is the author of Protecting Internet Trade Dress: What To Do About Product Configurations?, 5 B.U. J. SCI. TECH. L. 7 (1999).

Community Activities

Mr. Hou is currently the President of the Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library and a member of the Board of Directors for PUSH Physical Theatre. He has also served on the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle’s editorial community advisory board, where he was a contributor to, and a featured author of, a variety of articles regarding matters of local interest.

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