Braden Sparks

Braden W. Sparks, PC
12222 Merit Dr
Suite 800
Dallas, TX 75251-3226
(214) 750-3372
www.sparkslaw.com


During his 43 years of practicing law, Brady Sparks has tried over 300 jury trials - both civil and criminal - and has been appointed by state and federal courts as mediator in over 450 cases.

He single-handedly won the appeal of his first federal case in the U. S. Supreme Court, reversing the Fifth Circuit and the trial court (Hon. A. Joe Fish).

Brady is rated "AV- Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell , is Board Certified in Civil Trials by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, is a Texas "Super Lawyer," and is a former Chief Felony Prosecutor.

He has strong affiliations with national, state and local bar associations, but practices primarily in North Texas.

Brady and Christie, his wife of 37 years, have four children and three grand-children.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

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