Brian S. Rawson


Since joining Hartline Barger LLP in 2003, Brian has focused on general litigation, including personal injury cases involving catastrophic injuries and death, as well as product liability litigation for automotive and tire manufacturers. By repeatedly and effectively defending catastrophic injury and death claims, he has acquired expertise in a full spectrum of areas, from dram shop cases to complex products liability matters.

Brian regularly appears in both state and federal courts in Texas, including extensive experience at the trial level. He has represented multiple Fortune 500 companies at trial, including General Motors, Toyota, and Bridgestone Tire.

Brian is also actively involved in a wide range of other practice areas, including business and commercial litigation, labor and employment claims, premises liability, toxic torts, hospitality litigation, healthcare and medical malpractice, pharmaceutical litigation, and collection matters.

Brian was named a ‘Texas Rising Star’ by Thomson Reuters, a legal publisher, five times. Attorneys receiving this recognition are nominated in a statewide survey by fellow lawyers who have personally observed them in action. Fewer than 3 percent of the attorneys in a state may be named to the list.

While attending law school, Brian clerked at the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, where he assisted in jury selection for dozens of felony cases, all of which ultimately returned guilty verdicts. Also during law school, he was a member of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honors Fraternity.


2319 Walnut LLC v. Joe’s Pizza & Pasta
Commercial Litigation Trial; Award of $153,123.15

Sullivan v. RCI
Dram Shop Trial; Defense Verdict

Arias v. VR Park at Waterford Apartments
Premises Liability Trial; Defense Verdict

In re Pate Rehabilitation
Labor and Employment Trial; Defense Verdict

Pickett v. Orion Real Estate, Inc.
Premises Liability; Dismissed by Summary Judgement

Ochoa v. Lonestar Distribution 
Transportation Liability Trial; Settled During Trial

Publicly Traded Hospitality Company Case No. 70 460 00191 1
Labor and Employment Arbitration; Defense Verdict

Sturdevant v. The Mansions of Rockwall
Premises Liability; Dismissed by Summary Judgement

Owens v. Blue Valley Apartments, Inc.
Premises Liability; Dismissed by Summary Judgement

Harris v. Tutle & Tutle Trucking Inc. and Michael Lovvorn
Transportation Liability Trial; Defense Verdict

Eades v. Pate Rehabilitation
Healthcare Professional Liability Trial; Defense Verdict

Washington v. RCI and Micela Liem
Dram Shop Trial, Defense Verdict

Luong v. Bridgestone Americas, Inc. and Jason Bybee
Transportation Liability Trial; Defense Verdict

Kaul v. General Motors and Lone Star Buick-GMC II, L.P.
Product Liability Trial; Defense Verdict

Telephone: 214.346.3727
Fax: 214.267.4227
8750 N. Central Expy.
Suite 1600
Dallas, Texas 75231

Curriculum Vitae

  • Education
    Southern Methodist University, J.D. 2003
    • Phi Delta Phi
    • Mac Taylor Inn of Court

    Southern Methodist University, B.A. (Finance) 2000

    Episcopal School of Dallas
  • Bar & Court Admissions
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
    U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
    U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
    U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • Honors & Awards
    • Recognized as a Rising Star in the Rising Stars Edition of Texas Super Lawyers Magazine (2012-2016)
  • Professional Affiliations & Activities
    • State Bar of Texas
    • Defense Research Institute
    • Dallas Bar Association
    • Eastern District of Texas Bar Association
    • Episcopal School of Dallas Board of Directors (2013–2015)
    • Episcopal School of Dallas Alumni Association President (2013–2015)
    • Episcopal School of Dallas Alumni Association Vice President (2012 – 2013)
    • Episcopal School of Dallas Alumni Association Executive Committee Member (2010–present)

Competitive Spirit

On the basketball court or golf course, Brian enjoys a little friendly competition when he can find the time. And he doesn’t just play against friends and co-workers; he also takes on bass and trout in the fishing waters of Texas and Arkansas.