In his four decades years of law practice, Brady Sparks has tried over 300 jury trials, civil and criminal, and has been appointed by state and federal courts as mediator in over 450 cases.  Some of his highlights:

"AV - Preeminent" rated for over 30 years - Martindale Hubbell Peer Review

Board Certified - Civil Trials - Texas Board of Legal Specialization (1994)

"Top 100 Lawyers" - The National Trial Lawyers

Texas "Super Lawyer" - Texas Monthly

Former Chief Felony Prosecutor

Working solo, Sparks won his first federal case -- in the U. S. Supreme Court, reversing the Fifth Circuit and trial court (7-1; Justice Kennedy not yet confirmed).  It was Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's first argument, as well as Sparks'.  Pinter v. Dahl, 486 U.S. 622 (1988) (landmark securities case).

Hear Sparks' argument before the U.S. Sepreme Court here: https://www.oyez.org/cases/1987/86-805

Sparks has tried or worked on cases from Alaska to Puerto Rico and California to New York.

He practices on all sides of the docket - plaintiff, defendant, appellant, arbitration, and mediator -  involving securities, financial transactions, real estate deals, pipeline disasters, patented orthodontic devices, class action claims, legal malpractice, engineering malpractice, hedge funds, general business counseling, and a wide variety of smaller monetary (but no less important) disputes, for companies, partnerships, business associations and individuals.  

Sparks truly enjoys working with and helping people with all sorts of problems - personal and corporate, family law, partnerships, accounting disputes, company and asset acquisitions, brokerage disputes, digital information, computers, and also, on the criminal side, murder (prosecution and defense), federal crimes, white collar crimes.  He believes the practice of law is a service profession. He's here to help, in other words.

Brady and Christie, his lovely wife of 39 years (and counting!) have four children and three grand-children, are involved in church and civic affairs, and love Camp Gladiator. 

Background

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

  • Colorado College (1966-1970) B.S.
  • Southern Methodist University (1970-1973) J.D.

LEGAL EXPERIENCE

  • Intern, Fort Worth Regional Office, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (1972)
  • Prosecutor, Dallas County District Attorney's Office (Henry Wade) (1974-9)
  • Board Certified - Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization (1994)
  • Rated "AV - Preeminent" by Martindale Hubble Law Directory
  • Licensed Mediator; extensive mediation experience (over 475 mediations); appointed by numerous courts

COURTS WHERE ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Courts of Appeals - 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 10th Circuits
  • Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
  • All State Courts in Texas 

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS [PAST AND PRESENT]

  • Master, Judge Paul Brown American Inn of Court
  • Dallas County Bar Association
  • Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas Bar Associations
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association  
    • Co-Chair, Judiciary Committee ('98)
    • Chair, Sub-Committee on A/V and Electronics ('97)
    • Co-Chair, Courthouse Committee ('96)
  • State Bar of Texas 
  • American Bar Association 
  • Association of Attorney Mediators (N. Texas Chapter)
  • State Bar of Texas 

AUTHORSHIPS, INSTITUTES, SEMINARS AND LECTURES

Speaker:

Author, Speaker: "Parallel Proceedings in Broker-Theft Cases," 19th Annual Meeting, Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida (2010)

An evening on the Internet: The Wired Courthouse, Dallas Bar Ass'n., August 27, 1997.

Sex, Lies, Videotape, And Advocacy: Common Ethics Problems In Mediation, Dallas Bar Ass'n., February 29, 1996 and July 25, 1997.

Basic Mediator Training, American Academy of Attorney-Mediators (1996).

Basic Mediator Training, American Academy of Attorney-Mediators (1992).

Court-Annexed Mediation under the Texas ADR Statute, Wichita County Bar Association (1992).

Author:

Principal author, Brief of The Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association ("PIABA") as Amicus Curiae, UBS Financial Services, Inc., and UBS Securities, LLC, v. West Virginia University Hospitals, Inc., et al., U. S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, No. 11-0235-CV, filed on behalf ofAppellees on April 4, 2011 (affirmed) Download brief

Co-Author, with Seth E. Lipner, "Ex-Employees of Respondents Should Not Serve as Arbitrators," Vol. 17, No. 4, PIABA BAR JOURNAL (2010)
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THE QUESTION BOOK: WHAT 90 EXPERTS RECOMMEND YOU ASK BEFORE YOU..., Chapter 47, Whether to File Suit. (Nelson,1993).

Co-author, with Hon. Nathan Hecht, ChiefJustice, Texas Supreme Court, Pre-Trial Motion Practice, Pre-Trial Orders and Scheduling Principles [sub-section on mediation], State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Trial Short Course (1990).

Federal Perjury Laws, Dallas Bar Ass'n Headnotes (1999)

State Perjury Laws, Dallas Bar Ass'n Headnotes (1999)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Boston Marathon '91; 5 other marathons
  • Marathon PR, 3:18 [Dallas White Rock, '90].
  • Other equally foolish endurance sports
  • Active in Civic, Church, and Charitable Organizations

REPORTED CASES

Civil:

Citigroup Global Markets v. Bacon, 562 F.3d 349 (5th Cir. 2009).Download appeal

Vetco Sales, Inc. v. Vinar, et al., 98 Fed.Appx. 264, 2004 WL 179379, 5th Cir. (2004)

Jenevein v. Friedman, 114 S.W.3d 743 (Tex.App. Dallas 2003)

Viazis v. American Ass'n of Orthodontists, 314 F.3d 758, 2002-2 Trade Cases P73,907, 60 Fed.R.Evid.Serv. 428, 5th Cir. [Tex] (2002)

Viazis v. American Ass'n of Orthodontists, 182 F.Supp.2d 552, 2001-2 Trade Cases P73,455, E.D. Tex. (2001)

Edison v. Beta Financial Corp., 994 S.W.2d 827, Tex.App.-Eastland (1999)

Boggan v. Data Systems Network Corp., 969 F.2d 149 (5th Cir. [E.D.Tex.] 1992);

Pinter v. Dahl, 486 U.S. 622, 108 S.Ct. 2063, (U.S. [Tex.] 1988);

Pinter v. Dahl, 787 F.2d 985 (5th Cir. [Tex.] 1986);

Pinter v. Dahl, 794 F.2d 1016 (5th Cir. [Tex.] 1986);

Harris Data Communications, Inc. V. Dellana, 680 S.W.2d 641 (Tex.Civ.App. 1984).

Criminal:

Garrett v. U.S., 533 U.S. 917, 121 S.Ct. 2523 (2001)

U.S. v. Garrett, 250 F.3d 745 (5th Cir. [Tex] (2001)

U.S. v. Garrett, 238 F.3d 293 (5th Cir. [Tex] (2000)

Turner v. U.S., 1 F.3d 901 (10th Cir. [Kan.] 1995);

U.S. v. Turner, 44 F.3d 900, 10th Cir. [Kan.] (1995)

U.S. v. Turner, 1994 WL 409632, D.Kan. (1994)

Smith v. State, 772 S.W.2d 946 (Tex.App. - Dallas 1989);

Taylor v. State, 599 S.W.2d 831 (Tex.Cr.App. 1980);

Todd v. State, 598 S.W.2d 286; (Tex.Civ. App. 1980);

Wrenn v. State, 597 S.W.2d 369 (Tex.Cr.App. 1980);

Rogers v. State, 550 S.W.2d 78 (Tex.Cr.App., 1977);

Williams v. State, 547 S.W.2d 18 (Tex.Cr.App. 1977);

Powell v. State, 541 S.W.2d 432 (Tex.Cr.App. 1976).

 

Career Milestones

  • 300 + Jury Trials
  • 450 + Mediations
  • Successful Appellant, U.S. Supreme Court - first federal trial, first appeal (1988)
  • Chief Felony Prosecutor under Henry Wade (1977-79)
  • Law Intern, U.S. Securities & Exch. Comm'n., (Ft. Worth) (1972)

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Attorney Brady Sparks

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