Thomas Brandon


Thomas Brandon is on the executive committee for Whitaker Chalk and takes his role as a counselor seriously. He has extensive experience in Employment Law and Commercial Litigation as well as prevention of litigation 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 extensive experience in representing non-profit organizations including churches, ministries, secondary and graduate level educational institutions as well as providing counsel to healthcare facilities, municipalities, school boards, and individuals challenging dismissals or grievances in those settings. He has more than 40 years’ experience representing religious and non-profit organizations and churches on a wide range of matters involving tax issues, employment issues, governance, structure, funding and litigation. Additionally, he has litigated First Amendment and religious liberty issues during the entire time he has practiced.

Awards & Recognitions

Named a Top Attorney in Labor & Employment by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine for 2004 – 2022.

Named a “Texas Super Lawyer” in Non-Profit Law for 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2019. “Super Lawyers” is a Thomson-Reuters service printed in Texas Monthly.

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

Areas of Practice

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Business & Commercial Litigation

Constitutional Law and Religious Liberty

Employment Law


Non-Profit and Religious Organizations

Securities Litigation

Tax (Tax Exemption for Non-Profits)

Associations & Memberships

Association of Attorney Mediators

Christian Legal Society

American Trial Lawyers Association

Tarrant County Bar Association



  • JD Baylor Law (1973)
  • Attorney-Mediator Institute in Dallas (1992)

Bar/Court Admissions

  • Texas Bar (1973)
  • California Bar (1975)
  • U.S. Supreme Court (2007)
  • US Tax Court (1976)
  • US Court of Federal Claims (1988)
  • US District Court for 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 Fifth Circuit (1997)

Thomas Brandon has been recognized in the 28th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

Thomas S. Brandon has been recognized in the 28th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for Litigation - Labor...

Thomas Brandon represented more than 300 clients in Life Partners bankruptcy adversary proceedings

Thomas Brandon, as lead counsel, and co-counsel, Robert Simon, represented 25 Life Settlement Funds who were defendants in an adversary...

Thomas Brandon named to 2019 Super Lawyers

Whitaker Chalk Swindle & Schwartz PLLC proudly announces Thomas S. Brandon selected as a 2019 Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters...

Whitaker Chalk represented a privately held animal pharmaceutical company

Vernon Rew, Tom Brandon, Clark Cowley, Tim Harvard, Rick Sanchez, Jessica Lavely, and Tave Parker Doty represented a privately held...

Thomas Brandon spoke at City Club’s Lunch & Learn

Thomas Brandon spoke at the monthly Lunch & Learn sponsored by Whitaker Chalk and the City Club on March 8,...

Whitaker Chalk proudly announces 29 of 36 attorneys selected as “2017 Top Attorneys”

Whitaker Chalk Swindle & Schwartz PLLC proudly announces 29 of our 36 attorneys have been selected as "2017 Top Attorneys in Tarrant...

Thomas Brandon represents more than 200 individual Defendants in Adversary Proceedings

Thomas Brandon presently represents more than 200 individual Defendants in seven different Adversary Proceedings brought by the Trustee in the Life...

Tom Brandon continues as a “Master” of the Mahon Inn of Court

Tom Brandon continues to serve as a “Master” of the Mahon Inn of Court, American Inns of Court, for Inn...

Thomas S. Brandon and John Allen Chalk presented “Gender Discrimination in the Workplace”

Thomas S. Brandon and John Allen Chalk presented “Gender Discrimination in the Workplace” to the Fort Worth City Club’s “Lunch...