3 For more than three decades, The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson, P.C., has helped restore the lives of clients who have fallen victim to the reckless conduct or neglect of others. Through a combination of elbow grease, integrity, hard work and tenacity, we have helped restore a degree of independence and dignity to those clients lives and, in some instances, have helped alleviate the dangerous conditions that led to their injuries. Over the years, our firm has developed a reputation that commands the attention and respect of corporate America and its insurance companies. Our reputation reflects the strong beliefs and principles of the man who founded our firm more than three decades ago. Frank Branson has been chosen repeatedly by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. Forbes magazine named him one of the most successful trial lawyers in the country, and the Southern Trial Lawyers Association honored him with the prestigious War Horse Award. He also is regularly named by D Magazine as one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas, and in each of the last three years, Mr. Branson has been listed as one of the Top Ten attorneys in Texas in the Texas Super Lawyers list published by Texas Monthly and Law & Politics Media.
4 With more than 200 years of combined experience, our team of attorneys brings an unparalleled passion to the pursuit of justice whether the client is a middle-class family coping with the death of a child, a blue-collar worker paralyzed in an on-the-job accident, or a realtor robbed of his largest commission. The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson handles a vast array of cases, including: Standing: J. Gregory Marks, Frank L. Branson, Quentin D. Brogdon, Eric T. Stahl Seated: Debbie Dudley Branson, Thomas J. Farmer, Jack B. Cowley Transportation Injuries: Trains, Planes, Automobiles, Big Trucks Products Liability: Auto Manufacture and Design, Safe Manufacture and Distribution of Drugs Professional Negligence: Accountants, Engineers, Doctors, Lawyers Construction Electrocution and Explosions Premises Liability Business Disputes Intellectual Property Disputes When powerful corporations put the bottom line above personal safety, we help restore the balance. Our goal is to help the jury to appreciate the danger, and right the wrong. This requires talent, experience and a wealth of resources all things The Law Offices of Frank L.Branson has spent decades building. In 39 years of practice, it's been my privilege to represent individuals who judges and juries believed deserved multi-million dollar recoveries in several kinds of cases. In Memoriam J. Hadley Edgar, Jr. Of Counsel Frank L. Branson
5 Our firm is known for thorough trial preparation. Our rigorous screening process means we take on only a small percentage of the cases we consider. As a result, we are able to devote our resources to vigorously pursuing justice on behalf of our clients. On-Site Forensic Staff We have a separate forensic unit staffed by investigators, registered nurses, medical illustrators, photographers, and video specialists working on-site with state-of-the-art video and computer animation technology. This team works hand-in-hand with our lawyers to ensure the jury gets well-organized information presented in a compelling, understandable fashion. Seeing is Believing In court, we are able to help jurors visualize what happened from the victim s perspective using the latest courtroom technology and state-of-the-art video production facilities. When it comes to persuading a jury, seeing really is believing. Using filmed or animated re-enactments, medical art, and individualized anatomical models, we are able to paint a compelling picture for jurors, showing them what happened from the victim s perspective and the long-lasting results of catastrophic injuries. To assist with healthcare negligence cases and the development of evidence about our clients injuries in other personal injury cases, we rely on two highly-trained professional nurses who provide invaluable assistance. Our medical illustrator helps jurors understand the nature and cause of serious bodily injuries. Our video production team recreates the sequence of events, clearly showing jurors how they occurred and why. Leveling the Playing Field These techniques help level the playing field for our clients, who are often facing powerful, well-financed opponents. In order for average Americans to have a chance and an equal footing, they need an advocate, one who will fight tooth-and-nail for justice. We use computer-generated animation to help present high-impact, detailed visuals that give meaning to complex evidence. At The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson, we have answered that call for more than three decades.
6 The attorneys at The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson are among the most talented legal minds in the country. They have been repeatedly recognized by their peers, the business community, and most importantly, their clients. Many of our attorneys have been named among the best in their field by such respected organizations as Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America. Southern Trial Lawyers Association 1998 Southern Trial Lawyers Association War Horse Award 2001 Attorney Don Bowen s Sundown Recognition Professor W. McKinley Smiley, Jr. Lighthouse Award 2005 Melvin Belli Award of Recognition 2007 Southern Trial Lawyers Association Leadership Award 1990 The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson Attorney Honors and Professional Affiliations: Three firm attorneys have been elected President of the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association Four firm attorneys have been named Texas Super Lawyers by Law & Politics Media 2007 verdict ranked in the Top Ten in Texas and the Top 100 in the U.S. D CEO magazine corporate Hit Man: one of Top Five lawyers corporate adversaries never want to face in court Best Lawyers in America listed since 1987 One of the Most Successful Trial Lawyers in the Country, Forbes magazine Top Lawyers Under 40, D Magazine (2004) War Horse Award, Southern Trial Lawyers Association (2001) Prof. W. McKinley Smiley, Jr. Lighthouse Award, Southern Trial Lawyers Association (2005) Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine Top 10 In Texas for the past three years by Law & Politics Media Mel Award, Melvin Belli Society (2007) Women of Excellence Award, Women s Enterprise magazine/ywca (2007) Achievement Award, University of Texas at Dallas (2005) President s Excellence in Teaching Award, Texas Tech University (1982) Certificate of Merit, State Bar of Texas (1983) Past President, American Board of Trial Advocates Dallas Chapter Board of Governors, Association of Trial Lawyers of America Founding Director, Attorney Information Exchange Group Past President, Lubbock County Bar Association Past President, Southern Trial Lawyers Association Director Emeritus, Texas Trial Lawyers Association Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers Fellow, International Society of Barristers Past President, Dallas Women s Foundation Honorary Chair, Women in Leadership Conference (1996) Board Member, Federal Aviation Management Advisory Council ( ) Member, Texas Judicial Council ( ) Texas Chair, Women s Leadership Forum Democratic National Committee ( ) Acting Chair ( )/Vice Chair ( ), Securities Investor Protection Corporation Board of Trustees Chair, Select Committee on Rate & Policy Form Regulation (1994) Board Member, Dallas Women s Museum ( ) Director, Texas Trial Lawyers Association 500 Best Plaintiffs Lawyers in the U.S., Lawdragon magazine Two-time Rising Star as selected by Law & Politics Media Legend Seminar Texas Trial Lawyers Association (2002) Outstanding Law Professor, Texas Tech University School of Law (1982, 1986) Past President, Texas Trial Lawyers Association Board of Governors Board of Governors, American Association for Justice Member, State Bar of Texas Pattern Jury Charge Committee Business, Consumer and Employment Law
7 For more than three decades, The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson has been providing top-shelf legal representation for individuals who have been injured, and families of those killed due to the neglect or recklessness of others. Cases we have handled include: Transportation Injuries Our attorneys have significant experience representing individuals who have suffered transportation-related injuries, including: Construction Injuries Catastrophic worksite injuries frequently happen to the most vulnerable workers. Our representation in construction injury cases includes: High-pressure gas line explosion resulting in brain/psychological injury to worker Construction accident/ fall from scaffolding Gas line explosion/death Paraplegia due to oil field accident Death due to unsafe practice involving explosive fumes inside vessel Amputation due to unsafe hiring and supervision of teenager on construction site Quadriplegia from rod anchor break on derrick Death from toppled oil derrick Amputation and death from gas line breaking loose under pressure Death of worker sent into manhole Burns from explosion of leaking gas line Death due to crane operator negligence Catastrophic ambulance collision Wrongful death/hit and run boat accident Wrongful death/truck wreck Paraplegic following truck wreck Travel trailer accident/death Brain damage from auto accidents Multiple railroad crossing fatalities Deaths from commercial/private airplane crashes FELA injuries to railroad workers Brain damage from plane crash Multiple deaths from bus fire Burns and Deaths from Gas and Electric Utility Companies Our attorneys have extensive experience representing victims of electrocution and burns, including: Auto Manufacture and Design Lawsuits involving auto manufacture and design are complex and expensive to pursue. Whether it s a rollover, brake failure or other automobile defect, we have extensive experience handling these types of cases, and the engineering expertise to effectively present your case at trial. Our in-house team includes an engineer, and we also rely on respected private engineering firms using the latest technological advances. Some case examples include: Burn injury at power plant Electrocution during roof repair Energized electric lines too close to building site Electrocution at apartment complex House explosions from attempted repair of gas lines Professional Negligence Death from design defect in concrete truck Vehicle rollover and roof crush resulting in serious personal injuries Tire failure/vehicle rollover resulting in serious personal injuries Lap belt/spinal cord injury to 2-year-old child Rollover of SUV causing the death of two belted occupants Numerous rollover injuries and deaths involving Ford and Firestone Roof failure on Ford trucks Rollovers involving death and quadriplegia by occupants and drivers of vehicles manufactured by General Motors, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Chrysler and Ford Tire failures on unstable SUVs Whether the defendant is a lawyer, doctor, dentist, accountant or other professional service provider, the law requires that each perform to the standards of their profession. We have been involved in cases including: Engineering Legal Accounting Medical Securities fraud
8 Premises Liability We have handled a full array of premises liability litigation, including: Residential elevator malfunction/wrongful death of a 6-year-old boy Sexual assault at apartment complex Inadequate security in case involving sexual assault of 24-year-old woman Rape of teenager by gymnastics instructor Slip-and-falls Products Liability Defectively designed or manufactured products can cause serious injuries and even death. We believe that fair compensation can not only help victims cope with their injuries, but prompt safety improvements that can save lives. Our products liability experience includes: Amputation of both arms by hay baler Death of 12-year-old girl in exercise lap pool Defective child car seat resulting in quadriplegic child Defectively designed amusement park ride causing death Loss of eye due to defective pool filter Injuries in surgery from defectively designed operating table Brain damage caused by recalled medication Frozen hip from defective prosthesis Defective defibrillators, defective heart valves, and defective hernia mesh causing injuries and death Heart attacks and strokes caused by recalled medication Death due to automatic life chair malfunction Brain injury caused by defective nail gun Over the years, referring attorneys have entrusted us with a number of their friends, families and clients whose injuries were devastating. We appreciate those of you in the legal community who have allowed us to represent so many deserving people. The verdicts and settlements we have reached for our clients have a lasting effect on their quality of life. Just as important, hopefully, they have also resulted in other positive changes: changes in design, changes in policy, and other safety improvements that impact the well-being of every consumer. Judges and juries often are the only way to make that happen. We want to take the time to thank those clients and colleagues who have entrusted us with such important matters. We are honored and humbled by your confidence in us. The right to trial by jury is one of the core rights of every American. The Seventh Amendment to the Constitution is not just a platitude. It makes a difference and is the reason we come to work every day. Frank L. Branson Business Disputes Our firm has expanded its practice to represent individuals and corporations in business disputes. Some of these cases include: Failure to defend under title insurance policy Insurance bad faith Enforcement of injunction between two major airlines and city governments Employment contract dispute Wrongful termination Legal malpractice case involving inappropriate transfer of funds Intellectual property disputes Fraud and breach of contract in significant real estate fee contract Negligent burning of thousands of acres of investment property Qui Tam/False Claim Act: where a citizen reports on the government being cheated and shares in money recovered for the government
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