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Charles W. (Trey) Branham, III

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Top Rated Products Liability Attorney in Dallas, TX

Dean Omar Branham Shirley, LLP
302 N. Market St., Suite 300
Dallas, TX 75202
Phone: 214-722-5990
Fax: 214-722-5991
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2012, 2014 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2007 - 2010
Licensed in Texas Since: 1999
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Construction Litigation: Consumer
Attorney Profile

I earned my law degree in 1999.   After a stint in a white shoe law firm, I knew I wanted to represent people with real, life altering problems.   My greatest regret is that I usually cannot solve my client's problems.   I can only try and extract some small measure of justice on their behalf.   The majority of my clients just want to make sure that what happened to them never happens to anyone else in the future.   They do not want vengeance, they want to ensure that their voice is heard.  

I am the first Branham to graduate college.   I am the stepson of the greatest man I have ever known who taught me the meaning of pulling yourself up by your bootstraps and to live without regret.  My family and my adopted family appreciated and instilled in me the ideals of hard work, sacrifice and commitment.  My mother raised three kids as a single mother and she taught me what a work ethic was.   When I was sick, I would sleep under her desk at work because the job had to get done.   My family was fortunate that she had an employer who cared about making sure that her family was taken care of and did things the right way.   Not all of my clients are so fortunate.   Far too often I see employers who favor only profits at the expense of their people and companies who are more interested in the profits generated by their products than ensuring the products are, or were, safe to use.

Giving my clients a voice and ensuring that their peers hear that voice is what gives meaning to my legal career.  Ensuring a better world for my son that we live in drives me each day.  I am grateful each time a client offers me the opportunity to represent them.

After graduating from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in political science, I was a personal staff member for the late Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina before entering the University of South Carolina School of Law. During law school, I served as the associate articles editor of the South Carolina Law Review before being awarded his Juris Doctor cum laude in 1999. I then served as a law clerk for a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.


About Charles W. (Trey) Branham, III

First Admitted: 1999, Texas

Professional Webpage:

Representative Clients

  • Employees of Selman Associates Ltd.
  • Red Bone Alley Foods, LLC
  • Manufacturas Industriales Del Caribe, R.L. de C.V.
  • Employees of Anover, Inc.
  • Employees of Ryder Integrated Logistics, Inc.
  • EZ Finishes, Inc.
  • Frisco Fairways Homeowners Association
  • Employees of ABC Debt Relief
  • Paramedics of Archer City, Texas
  • Aero County Property Owners Association
  • Employees of Akal Security, Inc.


  • Cum Laude, University of South Carolina School of Law, 1999

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Published Works: “It Couldn't Happen Here - The English Rule: But Not in South Carolina,” 49 South Carolina Law Review 971, 49, 1998.
  • Presented on the topic of the advantages and disadvantages of various state court jurisdictions in product liability actions., A Geographic Shift in Asbestos Litigation?, Mealey's Asbestos Conference, Boston, 2007
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act:  Unexpected Liabilities for D&O Insurers, Professional Liability Underwriting Society 2010 Conference, San Antonio, Texas
  • Panel discussion during University of Texas CLE Seminar discussing Voire Dire tips and techniques., Speaker, Finding Your Enemies in Voire Dire, 2014

Educational Background

  • Associate Articles Editor, South Carolina Law Review, 1999
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, cum laude, 1999
  • Florida State University, B.S. in Political Science, 1992

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Ward v. Hawkins, 2013 WL 6578766, Tex.App.--Dallas, December 16, 2013, 2013
  • Kessel v. Glenmark Generics, Inc. USA, 2014 WL 2558942 (Ohio App. 9, June 4, 2014)
  • Schippers v. U.S., 715 F.3d 879, 11th Cir., 2013, 2013
  • Parker v. ABC Debt Relief, Ltd. Co., 2013 WL 371573, N.D.Tex., 2013, 2013
  • Hayden v. 3M Company, et al., 2015 WL 4730741 (E.D. La 2015)


  • Secured $600,000 settlement from the United States for the wrongful death of a brother following a private plane crash in south Texas.   Schipper v. United States of America, Cause No. 5:11-CV-00163-RBD, 2013
  • Co-lead counsel in consumer class action againt Dakota Growers for allegations of deceptive advertising.   Settlement in an amount up to $7,920,000 and injunctive relief requiring Dakota to remove allegedly deceptive advertising. Preliminary Approval:  Mirakay, et al. v. Dakota Growers, et al., Case no. 3:13-CV-04429-JAP-LHG (D.N.J. May 9, 2014); Weiss, et al. v. Dakota Growers, et al., Case No. 0:13-CV-01946-SRN-TNL (D.MN. 2013); Final Approval Mirakay v. Dakota Growers Pasta Co, Inc., 2014 WL 5358987 (D.N.J. October 20, 2014)
  • Secured a verdict in excess of $183,000 for unpaid overtime.   Parker v. ABC Debt Relief, Ltd. Co., Cause No. 3:10-CV-1332-P, In the United States District Court for the Norther District of Texas, 2013
  • Secured award of more than $430,000 in attorneys fees in prosecuting Fair Labor Standards Act action.  Parker, et al. v. Lloyd Ward, et al., Civil Action No. 3:10-CV-1332-P, N.D. Tex., April 9, 2014.
  • Secured judgment of $119,000 for violations of the Kansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.   Ward v. Hawkins, 2013 WL 6578766 (Tex.App.--Dallas, December 16, 2013)., 2012
  • Bench trial verdict for $118,606.85 in Fair Labor Standards Act for failure to pay overtime to a group of security guards.  Attorneys' fee award pending.  Friesner et al. v. Anover, Inc. et al., Cause No. 6:12-CV-373 (E.D. Tex. July 3, 2014)

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302 N. Market St.
Suite 300
Dallas, TX 75202

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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