Brian S. Rawson

Partner

Dallas

214-346-3727
brawson@hartlinebarger.com
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Since joining Hartline Barger in 2003, Brian Rawson has focused on general litigation, including cases involving catastrophic injuries and death. By repeatedly and effectively defending these types of claims, he has acquired expertise in a full spectrum of areas, from dram shop cases to complex product liability matters.

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

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 completed his undergraduate studies at SMU with a B.A. in finance and a minor in economics. He then went on to attend SMU Dedman School of Law and graduated in 2003. 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.

In 2022, Brian graduated from Harvard Business School’s 18-month Analytics Program, (“HBAP”). HBAP combines classes from the Harvard Business School (HBS), the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS). This is the only program offered at Harvard under these three shields.

Education

  • Harvard Business School, Analytics, 2021-2022
  • Southern Methodist University, J.D., 2003
    • Phi Delta Phi
    • Mac Taylor Inn of Court
  • Southern Methodist University, B.A., Finance, 2000

Bar + Court Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • 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
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Consumer Products & Retail
  • Entertainment
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences
  • Real Estate
  • Restaurant & Hospitality
  • Manufacturing

Litigation Experience

  • Appellate
  • Insurance Defense
  • Labor & Employment 
  • Personal Injury/Wrongful Death
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Recognized as a Best Lawyers in America® for Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants (2024 Edition)
  • Honors and Awards, Sustaining Life Fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation (Class of 2023)
  • Recognized in the Rising Stars Edition of Texas Super Lawyers Magazine (2012-2016)
  • Eagans v. Weir Brothers Contracting, Inc.
    • Transportation Liability; Dismissed by Summary Judgment
  • Canedo v. XTC 
    • Dram Shop; Dismissed by Summary Judgment
  • Tolentino v. Houston Country Club
    • Premises Liability; Dismissed
  • Villanueva v. RCI
    • Premises Liability; Dismissed by Summary Judgment
  • McGeorge v. Northwood Retail, LLC
    • Premises Liability; Dismissed by Summary Judgment
  • Allston v. Onyx
    • Premises Liability; Dismissed by Summary Judgment
  • Isias v. BMB
    • Premises Liability; Dismissed by Summary Judgment
  • Washington v. RCI
    • Premises Liability; Dismissed by Summary Judgment
  • Solano v. Twin Peaks
    • Dram Shop; Dismissed
  • Fennell v. Hal Rice Insurance Agency 
    • Professional Liability; Dismissed by Summary Judgment
  • Reglado v. Fundación
    • Premises Liability; Dismissed by Summary Judgment
  • Arellano v. BMB
    • Dram Shop Trial; Defense Verdict
  • Peralta – Adame v. Sodexo
    • Premises Liability; Dismissed by Summary Judgment
  • James v. Mi Familia
    • Dram Shop; Dismissed by Summary Judgment
  • HFIC v. Gilliam
    • Professional Liability; Dismissed by Summary Judgment
  • Coronado v. XTC
    • Dram Shop; Dismissed by Summary Judgment
  • Furman – Echeagaray v. MAA, L.P.
    • Premises Liability; Dismissed by Summary Judgment
  • Moore v. WRPS, Inc.
    • Premises Liability; Dismissed by Summary Judgment
  • 2319 Walnut LLC v. Joe’s Pizza & Pasta
    • Commercial Litigation Trial
  • 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
  • TexasBarCLE’s 39th Annual Advanced Personal Injury Law Conference in Houston – Dram Shop Law (September 2023)
  • TexasBarCLE’s 39th Annual Advanced Personal Injury Law Conference in Dallas – Dram Shop Law (August 2023)
  • TexasBarCLE’s 39th Annual Advanced Personal Injury Law Conference in San Antonio – Dram Shop Law (July 2023)
  • Restaurant and Club Owner’s Conference in Las Vegas – Premises and Alcohol Liability Law (August 2022)
  • 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)
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