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The majority of Brian Smith’s practice focuses on commercial litigation and appeals, representing publicly traded companies, as well as locally owned businesses, including banks, financial firms and petroleum exploration companies.  Brian also serves as counsel for several closely-held businesses across the state of Texas, advising them on compliance with local, state and federal law on various matters, such as licensing and choice of entity.

Awards & Recognitions

Board Certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral law

Recognized as a “Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers rating service for 2019 2020, and 2021

Recognized as a Top Attorney in Oil and Gas by Fort Worth Magazine from 2013 through 2022

Recognized as a Top Attorney by 360 West Magazine 2018 to present

Areas of Practice

Real Estate

Energy/Oil & Gas

Civil Litigation

Real Estate Litigation

Real Estate Transactions


Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights

Associations & Memberships

Texas Bar Association

– Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Section

Tarrant County Bar Association

– Energy Section (Treasurer)

– Real Estate Section

– Business Litigation Section

Texas Young Lawyers Association

American Bar Association

Publications & Presentations

"Comment, Fracing the Environment?: An Examination of the Effects of Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing", 18 Tex. Wesleyan L. Rev. 129 (2011)




JD Texas Wesleyan School of Law, Summa Cum Laude (2011), Managing Editor Texas Wesleyan Law Review

B.A. Texas Christian University (2004)

Bar/Court Admissions

  • Texas Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas

Brian Smith recognized by Super Lawyers as a 2020 TEXAS RISING STAR

Brian Smith recognized by Super Lawyers as a 2020 TEXAS RISING STAR The selection process for the Rising Stars list...

Brian Smith selected as 2019 “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine

Brian J. Smith has been selected to the 2019 Texas Rising Stars list by the Texas Super Lawyers magazine.  This...

Brian Smith spoke on DTPA at City Club Lunch & Learn

On April 12, 2018, Brian Smith presented a CLE on updates and emerging issues in Deceptive Trade Practices Act litigation. ...

Whitaker Chalk Welcomes Brian J. Smith to the Firm

Whitaker Chalk proudly welcomes Brian J. Smith to the firm as an Associate.  Brian is Board Certified in Oil, Gas...