Brandon T. Darden joined the firm as an associate in 2016.  His litigation practice focuses on business and commercial litigation as well as bankruptcy matters, and his business practice focuses on general business and corporate advices, as well as counseling clients on how to avoid litigation.  Brandon has represented clients in a variety of matters, including oil and gas litigation, complex contract disputes, international fraudulent transfer cases, expropriation and property disputes, post-judgment collection efforts, disputes between homeowners’ associations and members, arbitrations, and personal injury defense.  Brandon has experience in all aspects of the oil and gas industry, as well as experience in the construction and heavy-haul transportation, and banking industries. 

Brandon received his Bachelor of Arts in History and Medieval Studies from Southern Methodist University in 2008. He went on to receive his Juris Doctor from the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University in 2011. While attending SMU, he was the Case Note & Comment Editor for the Science and Technology Law Review, and was published for his Law Review Comment. He also served on the Board of Advocates Executive Council and competed on several mock trial teams. While in law school, Brandon also interned for Judge Harlin D. Hale of U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas. 

AREAS OF PRACTICE

EDUCATION

  • Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2011
  • Southern Methodist University, B.A., summa cum laude, with honors, 2008

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Louisiana State and Federal Courts
  • All Texas State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

honors/awards

  • Case Note & Comment Editor for Science and Technology Law Review
  • Phi Beta Kappa

professional associations, memberships & activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Southern Methodist University Young Alumni Association

publications

  • Definitional Vagueness in the CFAA: Will Cyberbullying Cause the Supreme Court to Intervene?" SMU Science and Technology Law Review Comment, Vol. XIII.3 (2010)

representative experience

  • Counsel for oil and gas operator in dispute with non-operators
  • Trial co-counsel for oil and gas exploration company in royalty interest dispute
  • Trial co-counsel for natural gas processing company in breach of contract suit with gas gatherer
  • Lead counsel in arbitration over attorneys’ fees
  • Co-counsel for international industrial company pursuing fraudulent transfer dispute
  • Co-counsel for oil and gas company in negligent misrepresentation and statutory fraud dispute
  • Counsel for employment staffing agency defending against personal injury claim
  • Argued and won several summary judgments for clients on (1) breach of promissory note claim, (2) fraud claims, and (3) negligence claims.
  • Argued and won Special Appearance for non-resident defendant sued in Texas state court
  • Co-counsel in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation and other internal corporate investigations