In 2015, Chad Baruch wrote one of the most acclaimed legal briefs in American history while representing what the New York Times called “a glittering array of hip hop stars”.
The “Hip-Hop Brief” received national media coverage including articles in the New Yorker and Rolling Stone. One newspaper called it “the greatest amicus brief in Supreme Court history.”
But that’s hardly Chad’s only high-profile appellate work. He also was involved in the case related to the hit movie Bernie—a representation that led to him being quoted in newspapers as far away as London, England. He successfully represented the Office of the Dallas County District Attorney in the appeal of contempt conviction against the elected DA, and then served as Special Prosecutor in the appeal of a criminal case involving fraud charges against a high-profile criminal defendant. And he handled the appeal establishing that ownership rights to the original grave marker of Lee Harvey Oswald would be litigated in Texas rather than Illinois. Most recently, Chad successfully represented the Dallas County Democratic Party in a ballot-contest suit filed by the GOP.
Chad also handles a variety of family law appeals and civil appeals. He has served as lead counsel in civil or family appeals in the Supreme Court of Texas, the Texas appellate courts for Eastland, Texarkana, Tyler, Dallas, Houston, El Paso, Fort Worth, Waco, and Amarillo, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Seventh, and Eighth Circuits. He has argued several cases before the Supreme Court of Texas, and is board certified in civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Chad Baruch is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
The simple fact is that few Texas lawyers can match Chad’s extraordinarily broad experience. He is a recognized constitutional scholar (his work on the Petition Clause has been cited as scholarly commentary in published appellate opinions) and expert on legal writing. In addition to his legal work, Chad has served as head men’s basketball coach of two collegiate programs, has taught American Government at both the high school and college levels, and has worked as a licensed private investigator.
Chad’s practice includes civil and family law appeals. He is an award-winning speaker on appellate advocacy and legal writing. Chad won the 2015 Gene Cavin Award, presented annually to one Texas attorney for lifetime contributions to continuing legal education. He also won the 2016 Dan Rugeley Price Memorial Award, presented annually to a Texas attorney who exemplifies service to the profession and excellence in legal writing. And he won the 2018 Patrick Wiseman Memorial Award, presented annually to an attorney who has made superior career contributions to the defense of constitutional rights and civil liberties in Texas. Chad has spoken on legal writing at the Texas College for Judicial Studies, the National Summit of Appellate Judges Education Institute, the Annual Conference of Texas Appellate Staff Attorneys, and a host of legal seminars in several states.
Chad was recognized on the Thomson Reuters list of Texas Super Lawyers and the D Magazine list of Best Lawyers in Dallas for 2011-2018 and in Best Lawyers in America (Woodward & White 2015-2016). He is recognized as a Best Lawyer in Appellate Practice in The Best Lawyers in America 2018 Edition. Chad received his B.A. in political science from the University of Minnesota, and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School where he was a Royal Stone Scholar. He also completed the Principals’ Institute at Harvard University.
Chad also is a leader in the profession, having served on the State Bar Board of Directors, the Executive Committee of the State Bar, and as Chair of the Texas Bar College. In 2017, he was one of two nominated candidates for President-Elect of the State Bar of Texas.
REPRESENTATIVE CASES IN FEDERAL APPELLATE COURTS:
- In re McClendon, 765 F.3d 501 (5th Cir. 2014)
- In re Velocita, 608 F.3d 212 (5th Cir. 2010)
- Alvarez v. Midland Credit Management, 585 F.3d 890 (5th Cir. 2009)
- Palmer v. Waxahachie ISD, 579 F.3d 502 (5th Cir. 2009)
- Virgil v. Dretke, 446 F.3d 598 (5th Cir. 2006)
REPRESENTATIVE CASES IN STATE APPELLATE COURTS:
- ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. v. Coleman, 512 S.W.3d 895 (Tex. 2017)
- McIntyre v. El Paso Indep. Sch. Dist., 499 S.W.3d 820 (Tex. 2016)
- Staley Family P’ship v. Stiles, 483 S.W.3d 545 (Tex. 2016)
- City of Dallas v. Sanchez, 494 S.W.3d (Tex. 2016)
- Nabors Well Servs. v. Loera, 457 S.W.3d 435 (Tex. 2015)
- Rachal v. Reitz, 403 S.W.3d 840 (Tex. 2013)
- State v. Hill, 499 S.W.3d 853 (Tex. Crim. App. 2016)
- Ordonez v. Solorio, 480 S.W.3d 56 (Tex. App.—El Paso 2016, no pet.)
- Loera v. Fuentes, 511 S.W.3d 761 (Tex. App.—El Paso 2016, no pet.)
- Granbury Marina Hotel, LP v. Berkel & Co. Contractors, Inc., 474 S.W.3d 834 (Tex. App. – El Paso 2015, no pet.)
- Wimpy v. Motel 6 Operating, LP, 461 S.W.3d 619 (Tex. App. – El Paso 2015, writ dism’d)
- Bertrand v. Bertrand, 449 S.W.3d 856 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2014, no pet.)
- City of Dallas v. Sanchez, 449 S.W.3d 645 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2014, pet. filed)
- In re Bates, 429 S.W.3d 47 (Tex. App. – Houston [1st Dist.] 2014, orig. proceeding)
- Jordan v. Lyles, 455 S.W.3d 785 (Tex. App. – Tyler 2015, no pet.)
- In re S.H.V., 434 S.W.3d 792 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2014, no pet.)
- Lensing v. Card, 417 S.W.3d 152 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2013, no pet.)
- Germany v. Denbury Onshore, LLC, 984 So.2d 270 (Miss. 2008)
- Holliday v. Weaver, 410 S.W.3d 439 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2013, pet. denied)
- City of El Paso v. Mazie’s, L.P., 408 S.W.3d 13 (Tex. App.—El Paso 2012, pet. denied)
- City of Dallas v. Jennings, 142 S.W.3d 310 (Tex. 2004)
- Basley v. Adoni Holdings, LLC, 373 S.W.3d 577 (Tex. App.—Texarkana 2012, no pet.)
- Dike v. Peltier Chevrolet, Inc., 343 S.W.3d 179 Tex. App.—Texarkana 2011, no pet.)
- City of El Paso v. Ramirez, 349 S.W.3d 181 (Tex. App.—El Paso 2011, no pet.)
- Bledsoe Dodge, LLC v. Kuberski, 279 S.W.3d 839 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2009, pet. denied)
- In re J.C., 250 S.W.3d 486 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2008, pet. denied), cert. denied, 130 S. Ct. 1281 (2010)
- Southern v. Goetting, 353 S.W.3d 395 (Tex. App.—El Paso 2011, pet. denied)
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