Brandon Barnes joined Thompson Coe in 2020 as a Senior Attorney. Brandon’s practice focuses on civil litigation, with extensive experience representing individuals and companies in numerous areas of the law, including personal injury, commercial disputes, real property, and complex construction-defect litigation.

Prior to joining Thompson Coe, Brandon prosecuted and defended multiple jury trials, bench trials, and arbitrations while in private practice and has already developed a reputation as a formidable trial attorney.  While working in private practice, Brandon successfully defended multi-million-dollar construction defect allegations and obtained a favorable settlement for his client.  He has worked on appellate matters related to the exercise of certain constitutional rights and issues of municipal government’s claim of sovereign immunity.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained arbitration award for $240,000, including attorney’s fees, on behalf of defendant clients in construction defect case.
  • Obtained a take nothing jury verdict on Plaintiff’s claims for injury and damages on behalf of defendant client in a personal injury case.
  • Obtained appellate relief on issue of first impression for the Texas Fourth Court of Appeal on a City’s claim of sovereign immunity from suit in a breach of contract case, reversing the trial court’s finding of immunity.
  • Negotiated favorable settlements on behalf of clients in numerous personal injury and construction defect cases through mediation and informal dispute resolution.
  • Argued and defeated numerous summary judgments on behalf of clients in civil cases involving breach of contract claims, personal injury, construction defects, and insurance law.


  • St. Mary's University School of Law  (J.D., 2015)
    • Dean's List
    • American Constitution Society
  • Texas State University  (B.A., 2012)
    • Dean's List
    • Magna Cum Laude

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2015

Court Admissions

  • United States Western District of Texas, 2018

Professional and Community Activities

  • Pro-bono Attorney, Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas
  • Austin Bar Association
  • JAMES B. BARNES, The Font of Federal Power: Filburn and the Aggregation Principle, V. 42, I. 2 Journal of Supreme Court History (March 2017)

Professional Recognition

  • Hughes-Gossett Award June 2017 - United States Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Import-Export Fellowship May 2012 - US Department of Commerce