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.
- 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