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J.D., with honors, The University of Texas School of Law, 1988

B.A., Texas A&M University, 1985



United States District Court Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas

United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit


Brad Whalen is a partner in the litigation practice group of Porter Hedges. He has extensive litigation experience including in jury trials, trials to the Court and arbitrations, and in the following areas:

  • Contractual disputes
  • Employee theft, embezzlement, and misconduct
  • Fiduciary duties
  • Insurance
  • Oil and gas exploration and production equipment
  • Oil and gas interests
  • Products liability
  • Securities sales practices and regulation
  • Trade secrets
  • Trucking
  • Water rights

Brad has tried cases to verdict and judgment in courts including Texas federal, Texas state, and federal bankruptcy. He has also tried cases to final award before the American Arbitration Association, and before the arbitration associations of the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

Representative Experience

  • For a manufacturer of agricultural equipment: Successful defense against claims of product defect brought by a plaintiff who became entangled in the drive line of a post hole digger and who was severely injured—jury verdict for the defense
  • For a manufacturer of centrifugal pumps: Permanent injunctive relief against a former employee who took and attempted to sell design drawings
  • For a chemical products manufacturer: Judgments against a former employee and her husband, who embezzled more than $250,000
  • For a securities broker dealer: Successful defense from claims by a wealthy and sophisticated investor that he received insufficient and bad investment advice—the claimants walked away from their claims before arbitration
  • For a money manager: Successful defense against claims that the management firm's performance did not meet representations about anticipated results—arbitrators dismissed all claims after one day of testimony
  • For an oilfield equipment manufacturer: Arbitration award against a seller of trade credits and its insurance company on refusal to pay a claim under a $2.4 million insurance policy
  • For an insurance company executive: Recovery of a confidential amount on claims that he was terminated on a false claim of sexual harassment
  • For the former president of an energy trading firm: Recovery of a confidential amount on claims that he was terminated on a false basis, and whose severance agreement was breached by his former employer
  • For an oil and gas royalty interest owner: Recovery of a confidential amount on claims against an executive rights owner which breached its fiduciary duties
  • For a stockbroker: An arbitration award against his former employer on claims of defamation
  • For a water authority: The successful acquisition of real property interests for a potable water pipeline
  • For a motorist injured by an 18 wheeler driver: Successful resolution of his claims for injuries caused by a reckless driver
  • For an oilfield equipment manufacturer: Recovery of patterns entrusted to a bankrupt vendor less than a week after the vendor filed its bankruptcy petition
  • For a PVC pipe manufacturer: Dismissal of claims brought against it and reimbursement of $50,000 in attorneys' fees by the party which sued the pipe manufacturer

Professional / Civic Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • Houston Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • The Regis School of the Sacred Heart, Board Chair