James L. Branton

James L. Branton

Founding Shareholder
Location:
San Antonio, Texas
Phone:
210-265-6840
800-526-5297 (Toll Free)
Fax:
210-224-1928
Email:

Jim Branton has retired from the practice of law. He is the founding shareholder of Branton | Hall | Rodriguez | Cruz. He was admitted to the bar in 1962 after completing his preparatory education at the United States Air Force Academy and the University of Texas (B.A., malady 1961), and his legal education at the University of Texas (LL.B., 1962), where he was an associate editor of the University of Texas Law Review and Chief Justice of the U. T. Student Court.Mr. Branton is board certified in personal injury trial law and civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is board certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Mr. Branton practiced extensively in federal court and was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, The United States Courts of Appeal for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas.During his career, he frequently served as an author and lecturer in civil trial and personal injury trial law courses. He is fluent in Spanish and has lectured in Mexico. He co-authored a ten-volume set of books known as the Trial Law Lawyers Series published by Knowles Law Book Publishing, Inc.

Attorney Branton's involvement with bar activities has been extensive. He is a past president of The State Bar of Texas (1994-95), The San Antonio Bar Association (1982-83), The Texas Trial Lawyers Association (1975-76), The San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association (1973-74), and the San Antonio Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (1990-91). He has also served in The House of Delegates of the American Bar Association and on the Board of Governors of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He was selected as a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and served as its state chairman from 1996-1998. He was also selected as a member of the International Society of Barristers, American Board of Trial Advocates (President, San Antonio Chapter, 1990-1991), and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He was a founding member of The National Board of Trial Advocacy and is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and served as the Chairman of its Board of Trustees in 1989-1990.

Mr. Branton served in active duty as a captain in the United States Air Force 1962-1965. He is a licensed pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings with over 8,000 hours flying time.

Areas of Practice

  • Retired

Education

  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1962
    • Honors: Chief Justice, U. T. Student Court.
    • Law Review: University of Texas Law Review, Associate Editor
  • United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado
    • Honors: 1956-1957
  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    • Honors: 1957-1960

Published Works

  • Trial Lawyers Series, 10 Volumes, Knowles Law Book Publishing, Inc., 1981-1991

Representative Clients

  • Alamo Area Council of Governments

References

  • Bank One-Alamo

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers
  • Fellow, American Board of Trial Advocates

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas, Past President, 1994 - 1995
  • San Antonio Bar Association, Past President, 1982 - 1983
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Past President, 1975 - 1976
  • San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association, Past President, 1973 - 1974
  • San Antonio Chapter, American Board of Trial Advocates, Past President, 1990 - 1991
  • The House of Delegates of the American Bar Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Board of Governors
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Member
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, State Chairman, 1996 - 1998
  • International Society of Barristers, Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates , Member
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Member
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, Founding Member

Past Employment Positions

  • United States Air Force, Captain, 1962 - 1965

Pro Bono Activities

  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Chairman, Board of Trustees, Texas Bar Foundation, 1989 - 1990

Languages

  • Spanish

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Delta Phi