Corbet Bryant has the unique distinction of having been the first summer clerk for Carrington Coleman in 1970. In the ensuing decades as an associate, partner and currently as of counsel, he has built a distinguished career across a wide variety of civil legal areas, primarily including securities litigation. His clients can attest to his dedication to resolving their problems, and resolving them as early as possible in the litigation process.
There have been few types of civil disputes Corbet hasn’t handled; he most recently has branched into representing and trying cases for nursing homes and retirement facilities. His natural curiosity and desire to learn the ins and outs of different industries have helped him excel at a variety of litigation matters. Securities broker-dealer disputes, real estate partnerships, construction litigation, legal malpractice, and banking litigation are just a few of the types of cases he’s handled.
Rather than resting on his laurels, Corbet is eager to put his experience to use in a new generation of lawsuits and arbitrations. In addition to his civil litigation work, he serves as a mediator and arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA); an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association; and a mediator at the request of judges and private parties.
Corbet’s passion, ethics, and tireless effort have served his clients well in the decades since he first clerked for Carrington Coleman, and those same qualities continue to benefit clients and the firm.
Obtained summary judgment for broker/dealer in selling away case brought by 33 sets of defrauded customers.
Represented securities firm in obtaining award from the 1st Texas Court of Appeals in Houston in a case against state university trading repurchase and reverse repurchase agreements while defeating usury claims.
Won counterclaim which included a $1 million punitive damage award for fraud, slander and tortious interference for three former registered representatives while defeating restrictive covenant and breach of fiduciary duty claims.
Successfully defended three arbitrations and a court case totaling $5 million in claimed damages arising from representations of miscreant employers thereafter assessed a federal prison sentence.
Real Estate Litigation
Obtained reversal of summary judgment then prevailed in jury trial on sufficiency of property description in commission agreement for substantial commercial property. This is a leading case on the Texas Statute of Frauds.
Obtained a take-nothing judgment entered notwithstanding a large jury verdict against client after a six-week jury trial over breach of contract and fraud claims involving the acquisition and management of six apartment complexes.
Represented bank to obtain payment on bond and insurance for massive fraudulent ACH attack.
Defeated various antitrust claims through summary judgment for business machine manufacturer and distributor that was affirmed by the 5th Circuit with certiorari denied by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Obtained favorable result for client nursing home in a leading decision of the Supreme Court of Texas concerning covenants not to compete and tortious interference with contract.
Oil and Gas Litigation
Achieved full jury award of requested damages for breach of contract and negligence arising from drilling program.
Successfully defended engineer sued along with developers and supervising architect for Dallas multi-use project in jury trial over negligence claim for building height restriction.
Best Lawyers in America, 2016–2017, Commercial Litigation
Texas Super Lawyers (2004–2016), Texas Monthly magazine
Author, Dealing With Suspense Accounts For Mineral Interest Production, Carrington Coleman Capital Newsletter, Special Oil and Gas Industry Edition, 2014.
Author, New Statutory Defense For Negligently Hiring or Supervising a Convicted Criminal, Carrington Coleman Capital Newsletter, Fall 2013.
Speaker, Have You Been Stowerized? The Duty to Settle in Texas. Carrington Coleman Webinar (January 2016).
Speaker: Securities Arbitration: What It Is and How to Do It Better, Dallas Bar Association, October 2013.
Mediation for Construction and Other Real Estate Disputes, presented at Dallas Bar Association, 2012.
Mediation: What Works, 2011 Construction Law Conference, University of Texas School of Law, presented in Dallas.
Mediation for Arbitration and Litigation Matters, presented in Dallas, 2009.
Panelist, Securities Arbitration, presented in Austin and Dallas, 2008.
Panelist, Ethicsfest, Dallas Bar Association, 2008.
Speaker, Advice From the Experts: Successful Strategies for Winning Commercial Cases in Federal Courts, Dallas Bar Association, 2002.
United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, 1971
United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, 1978
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, 1981
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, 1985
United States District Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1981
United States Supreme Court, 1986
University of Virginia J.D., 1971 Member of Editorial Board, Virginia Law Review, 1969-71
Washington & Lee University B.A., magna cum laude, 1968 Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma
Texas Bar Association, 1971 – present
Dallas Bar Association, 1971 – present
Charter Member, Texas Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
Mediator and Arbitrator for American Arbitration Association
Mediator for FINRA
Arbitrator for FINRA (and predecessors), 1989 – 2012
Life Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation
Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
Member, National Arbitration and Mediation Committee of the NASDR, 1996 – 1998
Associate Member, American Board of Trial Advocates, 1984 – 1998
Former Member, Defense Research Institute, Dallas Association of Defense Association, and Texas Association of Defense Counsel
Mr. Bryant was Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization from 1984 – 2008.