Bill Brister

Hon. Bill H. Brister (Former)

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator, Special Master

Case Manager
Carolina El'Azar
T: 214-891-4525
F: 214-720-6010
8401 N. Central Expressway, Suite 610, Dallas, TX 75225

Bill H. Brister is available to conduct cases virtually. JAMS is equipped to provide virtual ADR services on a variety of online platforms, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and more.


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.

Representative Matters

  • 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.
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS. 

  • Recipient, Banco Rotto Award, State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Law Section, 2009
  • Member, State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association, American Bar Association, Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, Fifth Circuit Conference, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, Former Bankruptcy Judges Association and Specialization Committee of Turnaround Management Association.
  • Former Member, Bankruptcy Specialization Committee, State Bar of Texas.
  • Former Chair, Bankruptcy Committee, Dallas Bar Association.
  • Frequent speaker on bankruptcy, lender liability and related topics to bar associations, and seminars or institutes, sponsored by the State Bar of Texas, University of Texas School of Law Southern Methodist University School of Law and Texas Tech University School of Law
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. Magistrate Judge, Northern District of Texas
  • Judge, Northern District of Texas
  • Completed more than 150 hours of training in mediation, arbitration, and other ADR techniques
  • J.D., University of Texas, 1958
  • B.S., with honors, Northwestern State University, 1949



Practice Areas

  • Arbitration
  • Banking
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business/Commercial
  • Civil Rights
  • Construction Defect
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • Federal Judge
  • Personal Injury/Torts
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Property
  • Securities
Available nationwide


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