Judge Brister served more than fifteen years in the federal system, first as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Texas, and then as Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Texas.
Judge Brister was a successful civil attorney before taking the bench. After leaving the bench in 1985, he chaired the largest bankruptcy section in the Southwestern U.S. at Winstead Sechrest & Minick P.C. As a JAMS neutral, Judge Brister has managed bankruptcy reorganization cases involving a wide variety of business issues, including intellectual property, restaurant and other franchises, insurance, real estate, technology, and environment.
- A recognized bankruptcy expert, he is available as an expert witness on bankruptcy issues in state and federal court matters.
- He has been a frequent speaker on bankruptcy, lender liability, and related topics to bar associations and wide variety of institutes.
- He has been particularly effective in mediating consensual plans in Chapter 11 cases, as well as mediating many adversary proceedings involving fraudulent transfer issues, preferential transfer issues, dischargeability issues, and other contested matters.
- He has completed more than 150 hours of training in mediation, arbitration, and other ADR technologies.
- Since 1990, he has been a leader in applying ADR to bankruptcy litigation and plan confirmation.
- While on the bankruptcy bench, he authored more than 100 published opinions in helping to develop an entirely new body of law under the Bankruptcy Code.