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Thomas P. Brandt

Named an “Impact Player of the Year” by Texas Lawyer for his en banc victory in Morgan v. Swanson, 659 F.3d 359 (5th Cir. 2011) (the “Candy Cane Case”), Tom Brandt has consistently been recognized as one of Texas’ top lawyers. Tom has earned the distinction of being ranked as AV Preeminent – the highest rating awarded by Martindale Hubbell. Tom has also frequently been listed by Texas Monthly magazine on their Texas Super Lawyers list.

Tom serves as head of the local government and employment law section at Fanning Harper Martinson Brandt & Kutchin, P.C. Tom’s practice includes representation of cities, counties, school districts, public officials and private sector clients in the areas of civil rights and employment law and has included significant cases at every level of the state and federal courts, including numerous cases before the appellate courts, the Texas Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

In addition to his active litigation practice, Tom has performed general counsel services for several local government entities and private businesses and has been chosen to conduct high-profile public integrity investigations. On two separate occasions, Tom was hired by a major city in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex to investigate allegations of wrongdoing by that city’s police chief.

His legal career started as a Dallas prosecutor handling hundreds of cases. Quickly promoted to the federal litigation section of the Dallas City Attorney’s office, Tom handled numerous trials and appeals in federal court involving a wide variety of civil rights cases, including excessive force, false arrest, race discrimination, class actions and constitutional challenges to the City’s sexually-oriented business ordinance. He assisted in the preparation of briefs and the presentation of oral argument before the United States Supreme Court in the landmark case of FW/PBS, Inc. v. City of Dallas, 493 U.S. 215 (1990).

Tom has been a leader in the legal profession for many years. He has served in every leadership post in the Dallas Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, including that of president from 1997-1998. Under his guidance, the Dallas Chapter received national recognition for its outstanding programs and activities. An active leader in the St. Thomas More Society, Tom has served as a board member since the late 1990s and as president from 1999-2001. A 1985 graduate with a joint degree (J.D./M.P.A.) from the University of Texas Law School and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, Tom was awarded a prestigious Rotary Foundation Scholarship in 1988 to study international and comparative law in New Zealand.


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