Frank L. Branson
For trial attorney Frank L. Branson, the past two years have been marked by a number of milestones in what is already a storied legal career.
In 2013, he received the Texas Lawyer
VerdictSearch Lifetime Achievement Honor after obtaining two of the top Texas recoveries for 2012. And in 2014, his peers selected him as Best Lawyers’
Dallas Lawyer of the Year for plaintiffs’ medical malpractice law (he was previously named a Dallas Lawyer of the Year in 2012 for plaintiffs’ product liability litigation).
In many ways, these recognitions prove the efficacy of Branson’s law firm model, which has evolved over the past decade to meet the challenges of a post-tort reform court system.
“I’ve represented individual tort victims since the beginning of my career, and my approach has always been to provide discerning, flexible, and responsive service for our clients,” says Branson, who founded his firm in 1978.
While Branson’s focus remains on representing people who have been seriously injured, he has also built a thriving business litigation practice, which he notes was in part a response to the Texas Legislature capping damages in the state’s medical malpractice lawsuits.
“For years I had considered taking on some contingent fee commercial cases, and when tort reform came along in 2003, we decided to branch out into that area using the courtroom skills and experience gained by our law firm in high-profile personal injury matters,” Branson explains.
Since then, Branson has continued to serve victims of dangerous products, commercial airplane crashes, gas explosions, electrical burns, medical negligence, major trucking accidents, and industrial catastrophes. But he has also become known for his dynamic representation of companies and corporate representatives in high-stakes business disputes.
“No matter who our clients are, we make a point of treating them fairly and putting as much elbow grease into our work as they do into their jobs, and so far that has been successful for us,” Branson says.
“For more than four decades now we have represented the rights of victims in torts, and though we have been doing this for many years, we’re still passionate about representing our clients and ensuring that they are fairly compensated for their injuries.”
Indeed, Branson has consistently distinguished himself with many seven- and eight-figure verdicts and settlements over the years. And in 2012, he was singled out by VerdictSearch for having two of the largest outcomes in very different practice areas: not only did Branson obtain the largest product liability settlement in Texas for 2012, but that year he also achieved the largest verdict for a case involving business law in Texas.
In the product liability case, Branson secured a $34 million settlement on behalf of two members of the Dallas Cowboys’ coaching staff, who were seriously injured when the team’s practice facility collapsed during a thunderstorm in 2009. In the business case, Branson and his trial team obtained a $10.6 million verdict for a North Dallas neurologist in a contract and fiduciary breach dispute over revenue stemming from the ownership of several medical imaging facilities.
Currently, Branson is handling a number of high-profile cases, including representing the family of a Dallas grandmother who was killed when she was thrown from her seat on the Texas Giant rollercoaster at Six Flags Over Texas. He is also representing the family of an elderly woman who died and four others who were seriously injured after the bus taking them to the Choctaw Casino in Durant, Okla., crashed on an Irving highway.
Joining Branson in these cases is a staff that comprises an investigator, nurse, medical illustrator, computer-generated graphics professional, and a videographer. The firm’s experienced team of trial lawyers, meanwhile, includes Branson’s wife, Debbie Dudley Branson, who focuses on building litigation strategies through the use of focus groups, jury consulting, and witness preparation.
Given this expertise, Branson’s firm has been ranked Tier 1 in Dallas by U.S. News – Best Lawyers
“Best Law Firms” in 2014 for commercial litigation and plaintiffs’ medical malpractice law, plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation, plaintiffs’ product liability litigation, and plaintiffs’ professional malpractice law.
“We’ve been fortunate to receive a significant amount of peer recognition for the work we’ve done; but more importantly, we’ve been able to help a lot of people, not to mention companies that have been wronged and substantially damaged,” Branson observes. “And while you can’t replace loved ones, it’s rewarding to help clients recover sufficient damages to put their lives back together and plan for the future.”