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Firm founder Frank L. Branson earns repeat honor as Top 10 attorney

DALLAS – Widely respected trial attorney Frank L. Branson of The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson has once again earned selection to Thomson Reuters’ annual Texas Super Lawyers listing and has secured a spot as one of the Top 10 attorneys in the state, one of only three attorneys in Texas to earn Top 10 recognition more than 10 times. He also is included among the Top 100 attorneys in the state and in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Other members of the firm Debbie D. Branson, Chip Brooker and Thomas J. Farmer each earned repeat honors for their representation of plaintiffs in personal injury cases, and attorney Kern Lewis is recognized for his work in consumer law.

Attorneys selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list are chosen through nominations by other lawyers, a review by a blue-ribbon panel of attorneys who practice in the same areas of law, and research by the publication’s staff. The list appears in the October editions of Texas Monthly and Super Lawyers magazines. It can be found online at http://www.superlawyers.com.

A top-rated attorney known for high-stakes personal injury and commercial litigation, Mr. Branson has earned a stream of standout verdicts and settlements on behalf of individuals and businesses wronged by fraud or failed fiduciary duties in a partnership or corporation, dangerous products, trucking accidents, oilfield operations, pipeline explosions and dangerous workplaces. VerdictSearch has recognized his firm’s verdicts among the top in the United States on multiple occasions.

He has earned some of the legal profession’s highest honors including selection to Best Lawyers in America for 2018, one of the attorneys in the nation honored every year since 1987. Mr. Branson is among a select group recognized in Texas Lawbook’s inaugural “Lions of the Bar” series, while The National Law Journal named him one of the nation’s 50 Elite Trial Lawyers for Plaintiffs in 2014.

The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson represents clients in cases involving complex product liability, catastrophic injury, commercial air crashes, professional negligence, and business torts. Visit http://www.flbranson.com to learn more about the firm.

 

For its annual Plaintiffs Bar Perspective series, Law360 sought some of the nation’s top trial lawyers for their insight into how they approach high-stakes plaintiff’s litigation. The legal publication highlights attorney Chip Brooker’s background and, in question and answer format, provides his perspective on being a plaintiffs’ attorney. Below are some of Chip’s answers. You can read the entire article here.

Q: What’s the most rewarding aspect of working as a plaintiffs attorney?

A: For me, the most rewarding part of this job is getting to know our clients and having the opportunity to champion their stories.

Inevitably, we are introduced to our clients in their most vulnerable moments. Some have sustained a catastrophic personal injury; others have tragically lost one of their most precious family members. Either way, our clients simply want someone to tell their story.

And, these are real, salt-of-the-earth people who genuinely need our help. We get to know their families as well as our own. We talk to friends, teachers, pastors, co-workers and doctors. We study ordinary people in detail, and we learn what made them extraordinary to those who loved them.

This practice is not about defending a brand, securing the bottom line, or minimizing risk. Our practice is about defending the fatherless and pleading the case of the widow. At my core, I am still the idealistic, first-year law student wanting to wear the white hat and do justice. And, I get to do just that. Every day.

Q: What skill do you feel is most important for achieving success as a plaintiffs attorney?

A: Fearlessness. When you work on a contingency fee, there is no safety net, so this practice is not for the faint of heart.
Ultimately, we are David; they are Goliath. Insurance companies and corporate defendants will always have more money, more resources, more lawyers and more experience with similar claims and cases. They will try to bully you and your clients. They will delay for the sake of delay alone. They will do all of this in hopes of scaring you and your client.

If you have done your part, then you should have no fear going the distance and asking 12 people to believe in your case and your clients the same way that you do.

 

For its annual Plaintiffs Bar Perspective series, Law360 sought out some of the nation’s top trial lawyers for their insight into how they approach high-stakes plaintiff’s litigation. For the publication’s q-and-a with Debbie Dudley Branson, Law360 notes that Branson is fourth-generation attorney who believes individual lawyers must be positive forces for change while at the same time serving their community. Below are some of Debbie Branson’s answers. You can read the entire article here.

Q: What’s the most rewarding aspect of working as a plaintiffs attorney?

A: I’m a proud fourth-generation lawyer having come from a family of lawyers. My dad sat on the Arkansas Supreme Court; my grandfather and great grandfather were lawyers. I married a lawyer and our two children are trained lawyers as well as our son-in-law. So, among all of us, there is a lot of shared legal experience.

We understand the practice of law is a calling worthy of our best efforts. In fact, it’s a privilege. Being a trial lawyer allows you to provide a level playing field in the courtroom for ordinary people. It’s really that simple. Put in the clearest possible terms, we are determined to protect the legal rights of all Americans so that deserving individuals get justice, wrongdoers are held accountable, and insurance companies are required to pay legitimate claims. When that happens, it makes for a good day’s work.

Q: What skill do you feel is most important for achieving success as a plaintiffs attorney?

A: The most important skill as a plaintiffs attorney is listening well. Without it, critical nuances in questions and answers, both in the courtroom and out, can be missed. That small, but all important, piece of information might be the difference between winning and losing the case. In the alternative, it can mean fully understanding all the elements of your client’s injuries and/or damages.

 

Frank L. Branson, Debbie Branson, Chip Brooker earn D Magazine honors for 2017

DALLAS – The publishers of D Magazine have selected three attorneys from The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson for inclusion in the 2017 Best Lawyers issue based on their representation of clients who have sustained catastrophic personal injuries or lost loved ones as a result of wrongful deaths.

Widely regarded among the best trial lawyers in the country, Mr. Branson continues to earn some of the legal profession’s highest honors. He is among an elite group of attorneys who have been recognized by D Magazine every year since the inception of its Best Lawyers issue in 2001. Other notable honors for Mr. Branson include Texas Lawbook’s inaugural “Lions of the Texas Bar” listing; Super Lawyers’ Top 10 lawyers in Texas for 10 straight years; and recognition in The Best Lawyers in America, one of the oldest and most respected guides of the country’s top attorneys.

Debbie Branson is a fourth-generation lawyer, known for her tireless commitment to the legal profession. She has earned placement on D Magazine’s Best Lawyers list for six years. Her accomplishments in the courtroom have also landed her on The Best Lawyers in America and Texas Super Lawyers listings. In 2016, she received Dallas’ oldest and most prestigious civic honor, the Linz Award, in recognition of her dedication to the community. She also received the Texas Healthcare Trustees Star Award for her leadership on the Parkland Health and Hospital System Board of Managers.

Chip Brooker’s creative legal strategies and solutions for clients enabled him to join his colleagues on the D Magazine list for the first time. His representation of clients involved in wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury claims for defective products, workplace and oilfield accidents, and trucking/transportation accidents has led to his recognition on both the Texas Super Lawyers and Texas Rising Stars lists.

The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson represent clients in cases involving complex product liability, catastrophic injury, commercial air crashes, professional negligence, and business torts.

DALLAS – Trial lawyer John T. Burkhead of The Law Offices of Frank Branson has been selected for the second consecutive year to the Super Lawyers Texas Rising Stars list. The prestigious list recognizes the top Texas attorneys age 40 years and younger or those who have practiced law for 10 years or less.

Mr. Burkhead’s selection to the 2017 Rising Stars reflects his devotion to working with clients in high-stakes personal injury litigation and business disputes. He represents individuals who have suffered injuries in truck crashes, transportation accidents, and other acts of recklessness and negligence. He also represents clients, including prominent professionals, in critical business disputes both at the courthouse and in arbitration.

Mr. Burkhead also is involved in professional organizations, including the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. He is a graduate of Baylor Law School and an undergraduate of the University of Richmond.

Only 2.5 percent of Texas lawyers are selected to the Texas Rising Stars list each year based on nominations from other lawyers, independent research and a review by separate advisory boards. The list is published in the April 2017 Texas edition of Super Lawyers magazine and Texas Monthly.

Firm founder Frank Branson recognized for 31st year, honored in five areas

DALLAS – The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson in Dallas is proud to announce that firm founder Frank L. Branson and fellow attorneys Debbie Dudley Branson and Thomas Farmer have been selected by their legal peers across the United States to the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, one of the oldest and most respected guides to the country’s top attorneys.

Mr. Branson is recognized in the 2017 Best Lawyers for his work in commercial litigation, personal injury litigation, product liability litigation, professional malpractice law and medical malpractice law.

Along with a consistent stream of standout verdicts and settlements on behalf of people injured by reckless and negligent corporations, dangerous products, trucking accidents, dangerous oilfield operations and workplaces, Mr. Branson has earned some of the legal profession’s highest honors.

He is among a select group recognized in Texas Lawbook’s inaugural “Lions of the Bar” series. He has earned a place on Texas Super Lawyers’ list of the Top 10 lawyers in Texas on 10 occasions, while The National Law Journal named him one of the nation’s 50 Elite Trial Lawyers for Plaintiffs in 2014. Mr. Branson is one of the few attorneys in the nation to be honored by Best Lawyers every year since its 1987 debut.

Ms. Branson marks her fifth Best Lawyers appearance for her expertise in personal injury and commercial litigation. A repeat honoree of Texas Super Lawyers and D Magazine’s “Best Lawyers in Dallas,” she is the 2016 recipient of Dallas’ oldest and most prestigious civic honor, the Linz Award. She was recognized for her tireless and dedicated commitment to helping correct regulatory and compliance deficiencies at Parkland Memorial Hospital, the largest public hospital in North Texas.

Best Lawyers is honoring Mr. Farmer for the fourth consecutive year for his expertise in commercial litigation and personal injury litigation. In addition to repeat selection by Texas Super Lawyers, Mr. Farmer is rated AV preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest-possible.

The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson represent clients in cases involving complex product liability, catastrophic injury, commercial air crashes, professional negligence, and business torts. Visit http://www.flbranson.com to learn more about the firm.

For more information, contact Robert Tharp at 800-559-4534 or robert@androvett.com.

DALLAS – Accomplished trial lawyer Frank L. Branson of The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson in Dallas has earned his 10th consecutive selection as one of the Top 10 lawyers in the state on the annual Texas Super Lawyers list. At the same time, firm attorneys Debbie Dudley Branson, Thomas Farmer, Chip Brooker and Kern Lewis also have earned repeat Super Lawyers honors.

Known for his courtroom mastery in high-stakes personal injury and commercial litigation, Mr. Branson is one of only three attorneys in Texas to earn Top 10 recognition for 10 years straight.

The 2016 list marked the ninth year Ms. Branson and Mr. Lewis have been selected. It was the sixth for Mr. Farmer and the second for Mr. Brooker. All the firm’s honorees were singled out by their peers in the legal community based on their successful work for plaintiffs in personal injury litigation.

Attorneys selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list are chosen through a process involving nominations by other lawyers, a review by a blue-ribbon panel of attorneys who practice in the same areas of law, and research by the publication’s staff. The list appears in the October 2016 editions of Texas Monthly and the Texas edition of Super Lawyers magazine and can be found online at http://www.superlawyers.com.

Along with a consistent stream of standout verdicts and settlements on behalf of people who have been wronged by fraud or failed fiduciary duties in a partnership or corporation, dangerous products, trucking accidents, oilfield operations, pipeline explosions and dangerous workplaces, Mr. Branson has earned some of the legal profession’s highest honors. He is among a select group recognized in Texas Lawbook’s inaugural “Lions of the Bar” series, and The National Law Journal named him one of the nation’s 50 Elite Trial Lawyers for Plaintiffs in 2014. He is one of the few attorneys in the nation to have been honored by The Best Lawyers in America every year since the publication’s 1987 debut.

The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson represents clients in cases involving complex product liability, catastrophic injury, commercial air crashes, professional negligence, and business torts. Visit http://www.flbranson.com to learn more about the firm.

Dallas firm’s $43 million win in Texas oil royalties dispute earns Top 5 ranking

DALLAS – A $43 million verdict achieved by The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson of Dallas over a partnership dispute involving a West Texas mineral rights leasing deal is ranked as the fourth-largest jury award in Texas during 2015, according to an analysis by The National Law Journal and VerdictSearch.

The October 2015 verdict stemmed from a partnership dispute between investors who were acquiring large amounts of mineral rights acreage in Fisher County. Attorneys Frank L. Branson and Eric Stahl presented evidence that a group of business partners breached their fiduciary duties to the investors by crediting themselves for payments to the partnership that were never made and by excluding other partners from additional lease acquisitions after it became apparent that the project would be tremendously successful.

The case is Tiburon Land and Cattle LP, et al. v. Sarah Kate Jones, as Independent Executrix of the Estate of Thomas J. Taylor, deceased, et al., No. DC-2013-0016.

Jurors agreed that the defendants improperly excluded their fellow partners from 16,000 acres of leases that were acquired by Abilene oilmen Thomas J. Taylor and Chester Carroll and attorney Kerwin Stephens of Graham. According to testimony, the defendants even created a second set of books to disguise profits and make it look as though the partnership’s contributions were their own.

The $43.1 million verdict included $24 million in actual damages and $19 million in exemplary damages after jurors returned a finding that the fiduciary breaches constituted “theft.”

“The jury wanted to send a message that this kind of conduct shouldn’t be allowed in West Texas or anywhere else,” says Mr. Branson. “I’m proud to have helped our clients protect their rights and get their money back.”

The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson maintains a reputation for courtroom excellence based on significant verdicts and settlements for clients in high-stakes litigation and business disputes. The firm’s record verdicts and recoveries stem from cases involving trucking and transportation injuries, dangerous and defective products, construction accidents, commercial plane crashes, explosions and burns caused by gas and electric power utilities, medical negligence, workplace catastrophes and business disputes. Visit http://www.flbranson.com to learn more.

The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson congratulates firm founder Frank Branson and attorneys Debbie Dudley Branson and Eric Stahl for their selection to the 2016 D Magazine Best Lawyers in Dallas edition.

Peer d logolawyers across North Texas selected Frank Branson and Debbie Branson based on their representation of individuals who have suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of trucking and transportation accidents, oil field mishaps and dangerous and defective products. Eric Stahl has been singled out by D Magazine for his commercial litigation expertise.

Mr. Branson is among a select group of North Texas litigators who have been honored by D Magazine every year since the Best Lawyers in Dallas list debuted in 2001. The D Magazine recognition is just the latest accolade for Mr. Branson, who has earned some of the legal profession’s highest honors, including being named among the Top 10 lawyers in the state by Texas Super Lawyers for nine years straight. This year, he is included in a select group of Texas lawyers recognized by Texas Lawbook and the Dallas Morning News in the inaugural “Lions of the Bar” series. Lawbook summed up his reputation as a trial lawyer by saying:

His clients are ordinary people who have been horribly injured and business leaders who have been screwed over by unscrupulous partners. Nearly 20 of his trials resulted in multimillion-dollar jury verdicts.

Debbie Branson’s repeat Best Lawyers in Dallas selection reflects her place as a successful and trail blazing trial lawyer and courtroom strategist, as well as her tireless commitment to legal, community and political leadership on local, state and national stages. A fourth-generation lawyer, she is a respected, talented attorney with extensive experience and an unwavering commitment to her clients and the legal profession. Debbie Branson is the 2016 recipient of the Linz Award, Dallas’ oldest and most prestigious civic honor, for her leadership role in bringing Parkland Memorial Hospital into critically important federal regulatory compliance.

An experienced and highly regarded litigator, Eric Stahl provides clients with a deep level of expertise in commercial litigation. He is actively engaged with the Texas State Bar, giving presentations on fiduciary litigation at the Advanced Civil Trial and the Fiduciary Litigation courses.

In 2015, Mr. Branson, Ms Branson and Mr. Stahl secured the No. 5 jury verdict in Texas. The $43 million jury verdict included $19 million in exemplary damages related to a partnership dispute between investors who were acquiring large amounts of subsurface mineral rights acreage in Fisher County in West Texas.

The Best Lawyers in Dallas list appears in D Magazine’s May edition and is available online at  www.dmagazine.com.

 

 

Kickapoo Casino in Eagle Pass, Texas

Kickapoo Casino in Eagle Pass, Texas

As authorities continue to investigate the tragic weekend crash of an OGA Charters bus en route to the Kickapoo Casino in Eagle Pass, Texas, the daily newspaper in the Rio Grande Valley, The Monitor, interviewed Frank Branson regarding the casino’s responsibilities to ensure safety on its charters.

Writes The Monitor:

The Eagle Pass casino where more than 50 people from the Rio Grande Valley were headed Saturday before a bus crash resulted in the death of eight people near Laredo could be held responsible for negligence, attorneys say.

Earlier this month Frank Branson, a Dallas attorney who specializes in high-stakes personal injury cases, won an $11 million lawsuit against the Choctaw Nation after a 2013 one-vehicle charter bus crash near Irving.

Branson represented several bus passengers that were on their way to the Choctaw tribe’s casino in Oklahoma, including one of the three victims who died as a result of the crash that also injured more than a dozen people.

“Evidence showed how casinos rely on these buses to bring in business, and the Choctaw Nation was aggressive in its contract negotiations to get the very cheapest price from these bus companies while having little vigilance for safety,” Branson said. “Trial testimony revealed that a charter bus carrying 50 passengers was guaranteed to generate $15k to $50k for the casino.”

Eight passengers were killed and dozens more were injured when the bus driver lost control on a highway near Laredo and flipped. Read the full story here.