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About

Highly experienced and adept Dallas-based trial attorney

Brady Sparks is a lawyer whose four decades of trial experience simply can’t be replicated. His primary practice is civil commercial litigation. Many of his clients are defrauded private investors, for one of whom he recently won a $2.4 million securities fraud judgment in the Texas Supreme Court after a multi-court state and federal dogfight that lasted almost a decade.

Sparks spent his formative years chasing murderers, rapists and armed robbers as a prosecutor in the Dallas D.A.’s Office, racked up 300 jury trials to a verdict and becoming a Chief Felony Prosecutor. He attributes much of his passion and abilities in jury selection, cross-examination, case evaluation and trial strategy to those years when his office was literally a courtroom. He considers himself very fortunate to have bypassed a hide-bound office practice. But that’s not to say that Sparks, who loves to write, has left the pen for the podium. Shortly after leaving the D.A.’s office, he took his first full-blown federal trial, a civil securities case, all the way to the U. S. Supreme Court, reversing the U.S. Fifth Circuit and trial court 7-1. That case, Pinter v. Dahl, is a landmark decision in securities law.

A longtime member of PIABA (Public Investors’ Arbitration Bar Association), Sparks frequently represents defrauded investors, in court, arbitration, mediation, and in state and federal appeals.  For several years he has served on the PIABA Amicus Curiae committee, assisting in writing and filing briefs filed in state and federal across the country involving investors’ claims.

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).”

 

Sparks has worked on trials and appeals in state and federal court from Puerto Rico to Alaska and New York to California, on matters as broad as his geographic ramblings, including technology disputes, pipeline disasters, inter-state check-kiting schemes, legal, medical, engineering, and accounting malpractice, all sorts of business and commercial fraud, banking, hedge funds, bond funds, fractionalized interests in oil and gas drilling projects, a professional medical association’s attack on a member, not to mention bad wrecks, bad spouses, bad fires, bad loans, bad gas and all around bad deals, as well as employment disputes, non-competition agreements, anti-compete clauses, stock fights, partnership dissolutions, wrongful terminations, marketing, trade secrets, customer lists, intellectual property, oil and gas, and a host of others. He’s hopeful that his trial skills are a benefit to any side of the docket, in many types of cases.

Sparks regularly works both sides of the aisle. He has had occasion to serve as shadow counsel for major downtown firms, has been appointed by over a dozen judges as a mediator, and has mediated approximately 500 cases, with a success rate of over 93 percent. He has been admitted to practice in the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Tenth U.S. Courts of Appeals, has been “AV -Preeminent” rated for over thirty years, is a “Super Lawyer,” and a “Top 100” Trial Lawyer (civil litigation). In 2010, he found himself on the cover of the Texas Lawyer for winning the reversal in the U.S. Fifth Circuit of a federal judge’s wrongful decision involving arbitration. Sparks has also been Board Certified in Civil Trials by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for over twenty years.

It’s fair to say Sparks has been to a few rodeos, but he practices now for the same reason he became a lawyer back in 1974: he loves to help people solve tough problems and negotiate fair deals, inside or outside the courtroom.

On the personal side, Sparks’ competitive and sports-oriented leanings have been softened to a degree by knee and hip-replacement surgeries.  For 25 years you could find him running around White Rock Lake (10 miles) every Saturday.  He has run 6 marathons, including Boston (P.R. 3:18), is a Masters Swimmer, a triathlete (pre-surgery), and has pursued Crossfit and Camp Gladiator along with Christie, his beautiful and forgiving wife. More complacent now, Sparks still works out several times a week and tries to find time to go fly-fishing and hack his way around the golf course.

Brady and Christie will celebrate their 41st wedding anniversary this year. They have four children, all married, in Texas, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania. Two work as artists, Hannah in the fashion industry and Wheeler in the documentary and film industry, the third, Cameron, is a preacher-man, and Abbie, their oldest daughter, is a mom to three of their four wonderful grandchildren, Caleb, Lyla and Joe Buck, and also serves a part-time fine arts director at a Christian school. Believers in Christ, Brady and Christie enjoy church and charitable activities but remain committed to being involved in their families’ lives as much as possible. As Christie says, they believe “The Best is Yet to Come.”

 

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.

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.”

“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

“Best in Dallas” – D Magazine

Top 100 – National Trial Lawyers (North Texas – Civil Trials)

Former Chief Felony Prosecutor

Working solo, Sparks lost his first federal case, then reversed the loss in the U. S. Supreme Court, reversing both the U.S. 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’s. Pinter v. Dahl, 486 U.S. 622 (1988) (landmark securities case).

Hear Sparks’ argument before the U.S. Sepreme Court here.

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

Curriculum Vitae

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

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).

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).

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