Thomas Brandon has extensive experience in Employment Law and Commercial Litigation Prevention primarily on behalf of employers, which includes reviewing and updating policies and procedures, investigating allegations of discrimination, and representation in litigation on matters involving any aspect of the employment relationship.
Additionally, Tom has employment law experience in representing graduate school educational institutions and providing counsel to healthcare facilities, municipalities, non-profits, school boards, as well as individuals challenging dismissals or grievances in school board setting. Tom Brandon also has extensive background (+35 years) of representing religious and non-profit organizations and churches on matters involving tax issues, employment issues, structure, funding, and litigation.
· Texas Bar (1973).
· California Bar (1975).
· Federal Courts: US Tax Court (1976); US Court of Federal Claims (1988); US District Court of the Western District of Texas (1978).
· US District Court for the Central District of California (1975).
· US District Courts for the Northern (1987), Eastern (1990), Western (1990), & Southern (1990) Districts of Texas.
· Court of Appeals Federal Circuit (1990).
· US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit (1997).
· US Supreme Court (2007).
· Association of Attorney-Mediators.
· Christian Legal Society.
· American Trial Lawyers Association.
· Tarrant County Bar Association.
Awards & Publications
· Named a Top Attorney in Labor & Employment by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine for 2004 - 2010.
· Named a " Texas Super Lawyer" in Non-Profit Law for 2008, 2009 and 2010. "Super Lawyers" is a Thompson-Reuters service printed in Texas Monthly.
· New Religions, Conversions and Deprogramming: New Frontiers of Religious Liberty". Christian Legal Society. (1992)
· Church Discipline in the Courts. Co-Author. Tyndale Publishers. (1987)
· Preventing a Church Split. Co-Author with Gene Edwards. Chrisitian Books Publishing House (1987)
Year in Review 2012
· Represented a Fort Worth based bank, settled a federal class action lawsuit that was filed under the Americans with Disabilities Act relating to whether the bank's ATMs were compliant under the new ADA standards relating to individuals with visual impairment. The settlement did not require federal court approval as it was resolved prior to the plaintiff class being certified.
· Negotiated a brokers' settlement agreement related to the sale of more than 250,000 net mineral acres in the Montana Bakken play between private sellers and a publicly held company. The transaction closed in May, 2012. As a result of the settlement agreement the brokers received fees based upon the sale of the net mineral acreage as well as an ORRI to be paid upon production.
· Represented St. Joseph's Hospital of Parkersburg, West Virginia in a major class action filed by former employees of the hospital. The lawsuit, which was pending in state court in West Virginia, was settled for several million dollars immediately prior to trial.
· Settled a multi-million dollar large class action lawsuit pending in state court in West Virginia. The lawsuit included more than 600 former employees against St. Joseph's Hospital located in Parkersburg.
· Representing one of the Defendants, helped settle a lawsuit involving serious allegations of sexual abuse of a minor which occurred in a church setting in which a pastor was accused of molestation and had pled guilty in a criminal case related to the same matter. The lawsuit was against the pastor, church, local government of the church and its denomination.