Debbie Dudley Branson


Trial Attorney Debbie Branson
Office: 1.800.522.0216
Fax: 214.521.5485
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"Preparation for trial is key for success. We understand this and know that there is simply no substitute. Our team’s fervent will to win is an important factor, too."

As a fourth generation lawyer and a respected and accomplished attorney in Dallas, Debbie Dudley Branson has a strong family history in the law and a real commitment to her profession. She maintains a passionate belief that individual lawyers have an obligation to be community leaders, public servants, and forces for positive social change.

Since 1983, she has practiced with The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson as part of an experienced trial team on a full spectrum of cases. Much of her work is concentrated behind the scenes, focusing on litigation strategies that include focus groups, attitudinal surveys, jury selection, witness preparation, and jury debriefing.

“Many trials are won or lost before the lawyers even enter the courtroom,” says Ms. Branson. “Preparation for trial is key for success. We understand this and know that there is simply no substitute. Our team’s fervent will to win is an important factor, too.”

While collective preparation, brainpower, energy, and resources are all important for success, Ms. Branson says the firm’s namesake provides the key ingredient. “The real difference stems from Frank. He brings a bold, creative approach to case preparation and encourages each of us to think creatively as we prepare for trial.”


Arkansas State University, B.S.E. l977, Student of Special Distinction

University of Arkansas, J.D. 1980, Distinguished Law Student Award

University of Texas at Dallas, M.S. 1993

Court Admissions:

Arkansas State District Courts

Texas State District Courts

U.S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas

U.S. Supreme Court

Designations and Professional Memberships:

Texas Trial Lawyers Association

  • Fellowship member
  • Political Chair, Executive Committee (2002-2003)
  • President (2000)
  • Treasurer, Executive Committee - Officer of the organization directly responsible for management of budget (1996 - 1998).
  • Board of Directors - Oversees direction and operation of organization (1994 - present)
  • Trustee, TTLA Benefit Trust - One of the trustees responsible for management of Trust purchasing and providing health care insurance coverage for member participants (1996-97). Trust terminated in 1997.
  • SMU Law School Chapter Advisory Board

American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America)

  • Board of Governors (2006 - present)
  • President’s Club
  • Sustaining Member
  • Vice-Chair, List Committee (2003-2005, 1999-2000)
  • Co-Chair, List Committee (2000-2003)
  • Co-Chair, List Advisory Committee (2000-2001)
  • Key Persons Committee (2003-2007, 1998-99)
  • List Advisory Committee (1998-99)
  • List Committee (2005-2010, 2011-2014)
  • ATLA PAC Board of Trustees (2009-2011, 1999-2002)
  • State Liaison, Women Trial Lawyers Caucus (2002-2003)
  • Wiedeman/Wysocki Award, 1999, 2003 & 2008
  • Roscoe Pound Institute, Sustaining Fellow

Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association

Arkansas Bar Association

American Bar Association

State Bar of Texas

Dallas Bar Association

  • Juror Participation Committee, 2001
  • Publications Committee, 1990

Dallas Women Lawyers Association

College of the State Bar of Texas

112th American Inn of Court, Dallas

American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects

The Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism

American Society of Trial Consultants

American Bar Foundation, Fellow

Arkansas Bar Foundation, Fellow

Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow

Publications and Presentations::

Co-author of numerous articles relating to trial techniques and demonstrative evidence for such magazines as TRIAL, and Litigation and Products Liability

Editor of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association Forum, 1991 - 1994

Gubernatorial and Presidential Appointments:

Federal Aviation Management Advisory Council

Board member, 2002 - 2003; Council created to provide advice and counsel to the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration and to function as an oversight resource for matters under the jurisdiction of the FAA.

Securities Investor Protection Corporation

Acting Chair, Board of Trustees, 2001 - 2002; Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, 1995 -2001; Agency established to promote public confidence in the nation’s securities markets by guaranteeing the return of property within certain limits to investors if securities firms fail.  SIPC is a member- financed, private, nonprofit corporation.

Chair, Budget Committee; $73.5 million revenue (2000); $1.2 billion reserve (Feb. 2001).

Chair, Select Committee on Rate and Policy Form Regulation, 1994

Interim committee established to study insurance rate and policy form regulation in the state of Texas including:

1. Effects of changes in insurance regulation previously made;

2. Degree of competition in insurance industry; and

3. Availability of motor vehicle insurance, number of uninsured drivers, and number of drivers insured through TAIPA to determine if certain geographic areas are under served.

Texas Judicial Council (1992 - 1997)

Agency charged by statute with studying and gathering statistics on the organization, rules, procedures and practice, work accomplished, results, and uniformity of the discretionary powers of the state courts and methods for improvement.

Civic, Charitable, Political:

Contributor to various organizations which represent commitment to social and political issues.

Parkland Health & Hospital System

  • Chair, Board of Managers., 2012 - 2013. Seven-member Board is responsible for the governing policies and budgetary ($1.2 billion) oversight for Parkland Hospital.
  • Chair, Legal Committee, 2011 - 2012;
  • Chair, Quality & Risk Management Committee, 2011 - 2012

UT Southwestern University Hospitals & Clinics

  • Board of Visitors, Ex-Officio Member

UT Dallas Center for Children and Families, Advisory Council, 2009 - present

Dallas Women's Museum

  • Board Member, 2006 - 2012
  • Chair, Annual Giving Campaign 2007
  • Chair, Nominating Committee, 2010 - 2011
  • Executive Committee, 2010 - 2011
Dallas Women's Foundation
  • President, 1999
  • President -Elect, 1998 (Executive Committee)
  • Chair, Nominating Committee, 1997 (Executive Committee)
  • Board of Directors, 1994 - 1999
  • Advisory Council, 2002 - present
  • CEO Search Committee. 2011
Planned Parenthood
  • Secretary, 1998 - 1999 (Executive Committee)
  • Investment Advisory Committee 1998 - 2000
  • Board of Directors, 1995 - 2001

Annie's List Luncheon 2012, Honorary Chair

Women's Leadership Forum (Democratic National Committee) – Texas Chair, 1997 - 1999

Garry Mauro for Governor Campaign, Finance Chair, 1998

New York Senate, National Finance Board, 2000

Democratic National Committee – Managing Trustee, 1992 - 1993; 1996 - 1997

Emily's List – Majority Council, Trustee, 1996

League of Women Voters of Dallas

Dallas County Democratic Party – Finance Council

Dallas Democratic Forum – Advisory Board

Representation of Additional Committees:

National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse – Board of Directors, 1993 -1996; Chair, Long Range Planning Committee, 1995; Co-Chair, Campaign for Healthy Families – Board Fund Division, 1996

Dallas CASA – Special Advocate for two foster children

Leadership Council – Campaign for Equal Access, 1999 & 2000

Contact 214 – Telephone Counselor, 1992; Board of Directors, 1992 - 1993; Chair, Distinguished Lecture Series, 1994

AIDS Interfaith Network – Board of Directors, 1993

Junior League of Dallas – Sustainer

Daughters of the American Revolution – Public Relations Chairman, 1991 - 1992; Corresponding Secretary, 1992 - 1994

Recognitions and Honors:

2012 Women That Soar Award (Business) – recognizes women who have triumphed professionally and are giving back to community.

Gayle Pettus Pontz Award recipient recognizing lawyers who best represent excellence and achievement of women in the legal profession.

Inspiring Women Panelist - 2011

Selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America in Personal Injury Litigation - 2012 & 2013

D Magazine Best Lawyers in Dallas – 2011 & 2012

D Magazine Best Women Lawyers in Dallas – 2010

Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters Legal – 2007-present

Women in Excellence Award by the YWCA and Women’s Enterprise magazine - 2007

University of Texas at Dallas Achievement Award – Leadership America - 1997

University of Texas at Dallas Achievement Award - 2005

Women in Leadership Conference, Honorary Chair - 1996

Leadership Dallas - 1994

Nominee for Laurel Award


Married to Frank L. Branson, founder of The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson. The Branson’s two children, Jennifer and Buck, are graduates of Southern Methodist University Law School.