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Frank L. Branson

For more than 40 years, Dallas attorney Frank L. Branson has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to victims of dangerous products, commercial airplane crashes, injuries from gas explosions or electric burns, medical negligence, major trucking accidents, and industrial catastrophes. He and the legal team at The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson also successfully pursued companies and corporate representatives in high-stakes business disputes.

Widely recognized as one of America’s best trial lawyers, Branson provides clients with tenacious pre-trial preparation and masterful courtroom strategies. A leader in the effective use of multimedia demonstrative evidence, his full-time staff includes a registered nurse, a highly experienced investigator, and an audio/visual professional who works closely with the firm’s top-flight attorneys to produce digital video, computer animation, medical art, and individualized anatomical models that make judges and juries take notice.

“What we are trying to do is allow the judge and jury to walk in our client’s moccasins a short distance in order to understand the nature and severity of their injuries. We have never hesitated to use our resources to go the extra mile for our clients,” says Branson.

In addition to accepting referrals from other lawyers, Branson and the firm regularly represent prominent doctors, lawyers, business executives, politicians, and other professionals in cases where they or their families have faced major legal issues.

As a fourth generation lawyer and a respected and accomplished attorney in Dallas, Debbie Dudley Branson has a strong family history in the law and a real commitment to her profession. She maintains a passionate belief that individual lawyers have an obligation to be community leaders, public servants, and forces for positive social change.

Since 1983, she has practiced with The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson as part of an experienced trial team on a full spectrum of cases. Much of her work is concentrated behind the scenes, focusing on litigation strategies that include focus groups, attitudinal surveys, jury selection, witness preparation, and jury debriefing.

“Many trials are won or lost before the lawyers even enter the courtroom,” says Ms. Branson. “Preparation for trial is key for success. We understand this and know that there is simply no substitute. Our team’s fervent will to win is an important factor, too.”

While collective preparation, brainpower, energy, and resources are all important for success, Ms. Branson says the firm’s namesake provides the key ingredient. “The real difference stems from Frank. He brings a bold, creative approach to case preparation and encourages each of us to think creatively as we prepare for trial.”

Thomas Farmer joined The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson in 1996, bringing valuable insights based on his experience in defending claims brought against insurance companies during most of his first 10 years as a lawyer.

According to Farmer, the most important quality that defines the role of an attorney at The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson is a dedication to uncovering the truth. He and other lawyers at the firm understand that their work can have a long-lasting, positive effect on their clients’ quality of life. As a result, Farmer applies the firm’s knowledge and experience to maximize the value of each claim to the client’s benefit, while being mindful of the potential stress and anxiety that litigation can cause.

“Few law firms possess the resources of our firm, but we want to make sure that those resources are used wisely and bring real value to the case and client,” says Farmer. “It’s well known that we will bring an attention to detail and use technology in new and innovative ways in the courtroom.”

Using demonstrative evidence and experts, as well as state-of-the-art videography, Farmer and the firm’s attorneys are committed to preparation and a tenacious approach to every case.

Eric T. Stahl joined the Law Offices of Frank L. Branson in 2005, bringing an extensive background in commercial litigation, including cases involving intellectual property and fiduciary duties. He now focuses his practice on assisting clients in matters involving corporate liability, complex business litigation, and personal injury.

“My overriding goal is to make sure that the people who hire me get everything they’re entitled to under the law,” says Stahl. “It’s critical for an attorney to be financially and intellectually capable to deal with whatever obstacles the opposing team of lawyers may erect. That often means being prepared for any eventuality and making sure that defendants with deep pockets cannot overpower the little guys in a court of law.”

Stahl is also prepared to help his clients understand how the legal system works. He says that most people know they have certain rights, but they don’t always know how to apply the facts of their position to accomplish their goals in resolving a legal claim.

“Lawyers need to be able to bridge the gap between clients’ hopes and what the legal system allows,” says Stahl. “It’s not about doing just what the clients want. It’s about educating clients up front so they can better decide what they want.”

Chip Brooker is a trial lawyer and creative problem solver who helps clients resolve catastrophic personal injury claims and complex business disputes through a combination of efficient legal strategies and persuasive advocacy. Consistently recognized among the Texas Super Lawyers/Rising Stars list of top young lawyers in Texas, Brooker has represented plaintiffs as lead counsel in state and federal courts, in arbitration, and on appeal.

“My goal is simple,” Brooker says. “I work efficiently and creatively to maximize recoveries and obtain justice for your loss.  Beyond that, when necessary, I am willing to speak truth to power and demand changes in the way that defendants operate, creating safer communities for your neighbors and safer workplaces for your colleagues.”

Brooker focuses his nationwide practice on representing individuals and their families in wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury cases involving dangerous and defective products, construction and workplace accidents, trucking and transportation accidents, commercial and private plane crashes, explosions and burns, and medical and other professional negligence. Brooker also represents individuals and businesses in complex business disputes involving claims of fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference, and other business torts.

Since joining the firm in 2013, Brooker has developed a first-hand understanding of the firm’s unique approach to litigation. “Deliberate planning and preparation allow us to efficiently and aggressively pursue our client’s claims,” Brooker explains. “Abraham Lincoln—who was well-regarded as a trial lawyer—once said that, if you gave him six hours to chop down a tree, he’d spend the first four hours sharpening his ax. This is indicative of the Branson Approach. When we get to the courthouse, we have a razor-sharp focus on what it takes to prevail.”

Kern Lewis joined The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson in 2016, bringing extensive experience in brain injury cases. He understands the devastating impact that a brain injury can have on someone’s life, and he has dedicated his career to fighting against the negligence of others.

“There is hardly any injury more devastating than a traumatic brain injury. An injury to a person’s back, arms or legs is terrible – but a brain injury is an injury to the very core of who a person is,” says Lewis. “A brain injury impacts their memory, their personality, and their ability to think.”

In a recent traumatic brain injury case – Lewis lived with his client for several days to be able to completely understand and experience the impact the injury had on her life.  “When I told her story to the jury at trial – I was able to do so as someone who experienced it – not just heard about it.  It makes a huge difference.” His client received the largest jury verdict ever awarded in that court. But even after the trial and the money was paid, he continued to work with that client and her family members to make sure she was taken care of. 

Lewis’ skills as a trial lawyer have earned him local and national recognition. He is double board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Trial Law and Consumer and Commercial Law, a distinction only 15 lawyers have obtained. He has been repeatedly named to the Texas Super Lawyers list, which is an honor less than 5 percent of lawyers obtain. In 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 he was named a “Top 100” Trial Lawyer in Texas by the National Trial Lawyers Association.

A 2010 addition to The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson, John Burkhead provides a passionate and single-minded focus to championing the causes of firm clients.

Burkhead has become a key asset for the other seasoned trial attorneys at the Branson firm, which relies on a team approach to litigation in quickly assembling expert resources and leveraging cutting-edge technology to deliver powerful messages to juries and judges, as well as opposing counsel.

“Being the client’s champion starts with hard work,” says Burkhead. “From the very start of litigation, the attorneys at this firm make a point of setting the pace and making sure that our side has an absolute command of the facts and issues at play.”

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