Brett M. Chisum joined McCathern in 2012 after graduating with honors from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law and was named a partner in 2019. Brett handles a wide variety of both transactional and litigation matters, including drafting company agreements, providing regulatory compliance, pursuing and defending claims based on breach of contract, fraud and misrepresentation, commercial real estate litigation, business disputes concerning shareholders, negligence, violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, RICO actions, and first-party bad faith litigation.
In particular, Brett represents property owners that suffer damage arising from wind and hail storms, and has successfully obtained millions of dollars for his clients to assist in the repair efforts. In a notable example, Brett’s work on behalf of his client Dunhill Partners contributed to the successful defeat of two motions for summary judgement which eventually resulted in a confidential settlement (see full story here). In a separate 2018 case, Brett successfully represented a commercial property owner that suffered severe hail damage to a multifamily property that also reached a confidential settlement.
In addition to his work on transactional and litigation matters, Brett is part of McCathern’s Banking & Mortgage Section, where he focuses on regulatory compliance in the consumer financial services industry. He has provided guidance to his clients regarding the sweeping regulatory changes that occurred with the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. This included providing legal opinions and drafting various mortgage instruments and disclosures to ensure compliance with the new and updated federal regulations. Brett has also provided counsel in regards to judicial and non-judicial foreclosures, Regulations X and Z, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, and more. In addition to residential real estate work, Brett’s work in this section includes representing land developers and financial institutions in litigation involving commercial real estate and commercial leases.
Brett practices in both Federal (all four judicial districts) and State court, and has obtained favorable outcomes representing clients including professional sports franchises, hospitality companies, C-Level executives, commercial property management companies, transportation companies, small businesses, and individuals.
Brett was named to the Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. This list includes the top 2.5% of attorneys under the age of 40 in Texas. In 2019, Brett was also named to the Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars Up and Coming 100 attorneys in Texas, which recognizes the state’s top Rising Stars. He is a member of the Dallas Bar Association (DBA), Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL) and has served on the advisory board of the Carr Cares Foundation charity founded by Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr.
Awards and Associations
Select Cases and Transactions
- State Automobile Mutual Insurance Company v. Dunhill Partners, Inc., d/b/a Dunhill Property Management, et al. Civil Action No. 3:12-cv-03770-P, in the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division. Attorney for Dunhill Partners. Dunhill Partners sought recovery for damages sustained to properties from severe hail storm. Successfully defeated two motions for summary judgment. Resulted in confidential settlement.
- Cowboys Stadium, L.P. v. Pasco, Inc. Cause No. 348-258337-12; In the 348th Judicial District Court, Tarrant County, Texas. Cowboys sought damages for Pasco’s breach of its’ suite lease agreement with Cowboys Stadium, L.P.; Settlement: Confidential.
- Represented individual in claim against high profile car dealership for forging his signature on a lease agreement multiple times. Obtained confidential settlement.
- National Land Records, LLC v. PeirsonPatterson, LLP and Digital Docs, Inc., Cause No. 15-02287-158; in the 158th Judicial District Court, Denton County, Texas. Attorney for PeirsonPatterson, LLP and Digital Docs, Inc. Obtained summary judgment against Plaintiff’s breach of contract claims that survived appeals to the Texas Supreme Court.