David C. Bakutis

David C. Bakutis, J.D.


Fort Worth Office
777 Main Street, Suite 550
Fort Worth, Texas 76102


Legal Assistant

Melissa Preiser

David C. Bakutis, J.D., Partner, received his J.D. from Texas Tech University School of Law graduating cum laude and his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut, Connecticut. David is board certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law. He was a shareholder of Bakutis, McCully & Sawyer, P.C. for twenty years. Thomson Reuters has included David in their list of Super Lawyers for the State of Texas, and Fort Worth, Texas magazine has consistently recognized him as one of Tarrant County’s Top Attorneys in Probate, Estates and Trusts.

Education & Accreditations

  • University of Connecticut 
    B.A. in Political Science
  • Texas Tech University School of Law 
    J.D. cum laude
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized by 360 West magazine as a Top Attorney (2018)
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America – Trusts & Estates (2017-2023)
  • “Texas Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters (2007-2018,2023)
  • “Power Attorney” by Texas A&M University School of Law and the Fort Worth Business Press (2014)
  • Recognized by Fort Worth, Texas magazine as one of Tarrant County’s Top Attorneys in Probate, Estates and Trusts (2001-2017,2023)

Professional Memberships & Designations

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow, Member (2000-Present)
  • Tarrant County Bar Association, Member (1980-Present)
  • Tarrant County Probate Bar Association, Past President (1998); Director (1995-Present)
  • Dallas County Bar Association, Member (1998-Present)
  • National College of Probate Judges, Member
  • Texas Guardian Association, Member
  • Guardianship Services, Inc., Trainer and Former Director

Community Service & Personal Interests

  • Board Member of the Fort Worth Japanese Society
  • Member of the Fort Worth Japanese Dondoko Taiko drumming group
  • Member of the Red River Triumph Club
  • Owner of a 1967 Triumph GT 6 (ongoing restoration project)
  • Active Member and Bible Class Teacher – Southside Church of Christ