Chad Baruch

Chad Baruch

Johnston Tobey Baruch, P.C.

Recognized since 2016

Dallas, Texas

Practice Areas

Appellate Practice

Bet-the-Company Litigation

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Appellate Practice
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Chad Baruch wrote one of the most acclaimed legal briefs in American history while representing what the New York Times called “a glittering array of hip-hop stars” in the United States Supreme Court. Lawdragon recently named Chad one of “The Leading 500 Lawyers in America.” Chad presently serves as the 85th Chair of the Board of the State Bar of Texas for the 2022-2023 year.The “Hip-Hop Brief” received national media coverage, including articles in the New York Times, New Yorker, and Rolling Stone. One newspaper called it “the greatest amicus brief in Supreme Court history.” But that’s hardly Chad’s only high-profile appellate work. He also was involved in a case related to the hit movie Bernie—a representation that led to him being quoted in newspapers as far away as London, England. He successfully represented the Office of the Dallas County District Attorney in the appeal of contempt conviction against the elected DA, and then served as Dallas County District Attorney Pro Tem. Most recently, Chad successfully represented the Dallas County Democratic Party in a ballot-contest lawsuit filed by the GOP, successfully defending the eligibility of 128 Democratic candidates, and filed a noted amicus brief in litigation relating to the constitutionality of “stay-at-home” orders relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chad is a leader in the profession, having served as Chair of the Board of the State Bar of Texas, as well as serving on the State Bar Board of Directors, the Executive Committee of the State Bar, and as Chair of the Texas Bar College. In 2017, he was one of two nominated candidates for President-Elect of the State Bar of Texas.

Chad handles a variety of family law appeals and civil appeals. He has presented oral argument in the state and federal courts more than 60 times, and served as lead counsel in civil or family appeals in the Supreme Court of Texas, the Mississippi Supreme Court, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, the Texas appellate courts for Eastland, Texarkana, Tyler, Dallas, Austin, Houston, El Paso, Fort Worth, Waco, and Amarillo, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Seventh, and Eighth Circuits. He has argued and won multiple cases before the Supreme Court of Texas, and is board certified in civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Chad Baruch is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

The simple fact is that few Texas lawyers can match Chad’s extraordinarily broad experience. He is a recognized constitutional scholar and expert on legal writing. In addition to his legal work, Chad has served as head men’s basketball coach of two collegiate programs, has taught American Government at both the high school and college levels, and has worked as a licensed private investigator.

Chad’s practice includes civil, criminal, and family law appeals. Chad won the 2015 Gene Cavin Award, presented annually to one Texas attorney for lifetime contributions to continuing legal education. He also won the 2016 Dan Rugeley Price Memorial Award, presented annually to a Texas attorney who exemplifies service to the profession and excellence in legal writing. He won the 2018 Patrick Wiseman Memorial Award, presented annually to an attorney who has made superior career contributions to the defense of constitutional rights and civil liberties in Texas. And he won the 2019 Jim Bowmer Professionalism Award from the Texas Bar College. Chad has spoken on legal writing at the Texas College for Judicial Studies, the National Summit of Appellate Judges Education Institute, the Annual Conference of Texas Appellate Staff Attorneys, and a host of legal seminars in several states.

Chad was named Lawyer of the Year in 2020 for Appellate Practice in Dallas/Fort Worth by Best Lawyers in America. He has been listed among the Best Lawyers every year since 2016. In 2020, Chad also was named to the Lawdragon 500, which annually recognizes the 500 Leading Lawyers in America. In addition, Chad has been recognized among the Texas Super Lawyers from 2011-2022 by Thomson Reuters (and on the Top 100 in Texas list for 2020 and 2021), and in D Magazine’s list of Best Lawyers in Dallas for 2011-2022. He has a Superb 10.0 rating by Avvo.

Chad’s scholarly work has been cited as legal authority in at least three published appellate opinions (Metzler v. Rowell, 547 S.E.2d 311 (Ga. Ct. App. 2001); Browns Mill Dev’t Co., Inc. v. Denton, 543 S.E.2d 65 (Ga. Ct. App. 2001); and City of Keller v. Hall, 433 S.W.3d 708 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2014, pet. denied)) and in articles published by the Fordham Urban Law Journal, Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution, Seton Hall Journal of Sport Law, Journal of Law & Religion, Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, Denver University Sports and Entertainment Law Journal, Legal Writing, Chicago-Kent Journal of International & Comparative Law, Army Lawyer, Naval Law Review, The Review of Litigation, Cardozo Women’s Law Review, St. Mary’s Law Journal, Texas Journal of Women and the Law, The Ohio State Law Journal, and the SMU, Texas Tech, Syracuse, Loyola of Los Angeles, Arkansas, George Washington, McGeorge, Seton Hall, North Dakota, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Houston, and South Texas Law Reviews.

Chad received his B.A. in political science from the University of Minnesota, and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School where he was a Royal Stone Scholar. He also completed the Principals’ Institute at Harvard University.

  • 12377 Merit Drive, Suite 880
    Dallas, TX 75251
  • University of Minnesota, J.D., graduated 1991
Bar Admissions
  • Texas, State Bar of Texas
  • Nominated for President of the State Bar of Texas - 2017 - Nominated Candidate
  • State Bar of Texas - Director - 2008-2011
  • Texas Bar College - Chair - 2015-2016
  • State Bar Council of Chairs - Chair – 2012
  • State Bar of Texas, Consumer & Commercial Law Section - Chair - 2011-2012
  • State Bar of Texas, Individual Rights & Responsibilities Section - Chair, 2012-2013
Court Admissions
  • US Supreme Court
  • Second Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Texas Eastern District Court
  • Texas Northern District Court
  • Texas Southern District/Bankruptcy Court
  • Texas Western District Court
  • Wisconsin Eastern District Court
  • Wisconsin Western District Court

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Appellate Practice
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Appellate Practice, Dallas/Fort Worth (2020)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Appellate Practice
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2016-2024
  • Top 100 in Texas, Texas Super Lawyers, 2019-2021
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine – 2011-2020
  • Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters, 2011-2023
  • Texas Bar College Jim Bowmer Professionalism Award – 2019
  • State Bar of Texas Patrick Wiseman Award - 2018
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Dan Price Memorial Award - 2016
  • State Bar of Texas Gene Cavin Award – 2015
  • State Bar of Texas, Appellate Law Section, CLE Hall of Fame, Inaugural Inductee - 2015
  • State Bar of Texas, Appellate Law Section, Helen Cassidy Award - 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014
  • State Bar of Texas, Consumer & Commercial Law Section, Richard Alderman Award - 2014
  • Texas Access to Justice Foundation, Pro Bono Champion - 2009
  • Avvo Rating - Superb 10.0/10.0
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • First Amendment Law

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