Brian P. Lauten

Brian P. Lauten


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Brian P. Lauten is a JD/MBA, who is a triple Board Certified business and commercial trial lawyer. Lauten is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and Civil Pretrial Practice by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Lauten is a civil trial specialist in business torts, commercial litigation, fiduciary litigation, contract disputes including non-competes and trade secrets, employment litigation, and professional liability.

Lauten is an experienced appellate advocate who has been lead counsel in complex disputes before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Eighth Circuits, the Texas Supreme Court, the Dallas, Fort Worth, Texarkana, Eastland, El Paso, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, and Amarillo courts of appeal. Of note, Lauten argued the landmark decision on Title VII retaliation in, Nassar vs. UTSW Medical Center, before the United States Supreme Court.

Lauten has been listed as a Thomson Reuters Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly magazine from 2003 - 2017. In 2015, 2016, and 2017, Lauten was listed as one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine. Lauten is a past recipient of the John Howie Award from the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association for the "Courageous Pursuit of Justice in the Face of Adversity." Lauten recently received the first ever Founders’ Award presented by the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Foundation for tireless service to protecting the Seventh Amendment right to a civil jury trial.

Lauten is a member of the invitation only ABOTA, the invitation only Million Dollar Advocates forum, and the invitation only National Trial Lawyers Association. Each organization recognizes the top tier trial lawyers in the country. Lauten serves on the Executive Committee of the Dallas Chapter of ABOTA, he is a National Board Representative for the Dallas Chapter of ABOTA, and he is a member of the TEX-ABOTA Board of Directors. At the national level, Lauten is the Chair of ABOTA’s Amicus committee.

On numerous occasions, Lauten has been the Course Director, an instructor, and a prolific writer for the Texas State Bar's continuing legal education seminars on Business Torts, Fiduciary Litigation, Advanced Civil Trial, and Advanced Evidence. Lauten is published in the law review literature in the area of business and commercial torts. See Top 10 Emerging Issues in Business Torts, Vol. 44, No. 2 Tex. J. of Business Law, p. 177-204 (2012).

Lauten is a former Board of Director for the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association (DTLA), he is a past Advocates Chair and a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA), and he is a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Lauten serves on the Bench Bar and Judiciary Committees of the Dallas Bar Association and he is an officer on the Council for the Dallas Bar Association's Business Litigation section. Lauten is a Master in the William "Mac" Taylor American Inn of Court. Lauten is a past president of the Mesquite Bar Association. Lauten has active law licenses in Texas, Montana, and in Wyoming.

Areas of Practice

  • Appeals
  • Business Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Professional Liability

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Civil Trial Law, Civil Trial Law Advocacy, Pretrial Practice, Texas Board of Legal Specialization National Board of Trial Advocacy/National Board of Civil Pretrial, 2011

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2001
  • Wyoming, 2004
  • Montana, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Southern Methodist University School of Law
    • J.D. - 2001
  • Spring Hill College
    • B.S. Accounting/ M.B.A. Accounting Specialization - 1997

Published Works

  • Top 10 Emerging Issues in Business Torts, Vol. 44, No. 2 Tex. J. of Business Law, p. 177-204, 2012

Representative Cases


  • Numerous CLE's Business Torts, Texas State Bar

Honors and Awards

  • “Best Lawyers in Dallas”, D Magazine (2017)
  • Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters (2004-2014)
  • John Howie Award, (2010)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Associate/National Board Rep. (2010 - Present)
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Member (2001 - Present)

Past Employment Positions

  • Sawicki & Lauten, LLP, Partner, 2008 - 2014
  • The Lauten Firm, P.C., Shareholder, 2006 - 2014

Pro Bono Activities

  • Trial Lawyers Care - 911 Attacks, 2001 - 2002