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.

Representative Matters

  • Acted as chair, conducted the hearing, ruled on evidentiary objections, discovery and dispositive motions
  • Arbitrated firm and broker disputes including executive compensation contracts, wrongful termination, and promissory notes
  • Chairperson Training (NASD)
  • Completed more than 150 hours of training in mediation, arbitration, and other ADR techniques
  • Issues included lack of suitability, lack of supervision, unauthorized transactions, fiduciary breach, margin trading, churning, and misrepresentation
  • Panel member Training (NASD)
  • Resolved large and complex cases involving issues relating to stocks and bonds, mutual funds, partnerships, annuities, options, REITS, and Ponzi schemes
  • Served as arbitrator on 1-3 member panels
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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