Since 1983, R. Louis Bratton has been litigating personal injury and wrongful death claims, in addition to all forms of subrogation claims. He is licensed to practice in all Federal Courts in the State of Texas, as well as in the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Mr. Bratton has argued cases before most of the Courts of Appeals in the State of Texas, the State Supreme Court and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Bratton provides turnkey subrogation services for clients nationwide at Bratton Firm Subrogation Services, and is a known expert by Texas Hospital Association and TORCH Management Services, Inc. He is a sought-after speaker and presenter on topics regarding third-party recoveries for health plans and hospital systems at industry conferences such as Texas Hospital Association, Texas Association of Health Plans, Texas Association of Benefit Administrators, TORCH Management Services, Inc., among others. He also speaks amongst smaller regional groups who have similar third-party interests, as requested.
A thought leader on legal healthcare recovery issues, Mr. Bratton assisted in writing the Healthcare Subrogation Law that went into effect in Texas in 2014, known as Chapter 140 of the Civil Practice and Remedies Code. He also co-wrote Chapter 55 of the Property Code, the hospital lien statute. As a certified specialist in personal injury trial law through the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, he has a unique level of skill, dedication and training, which enables him to better identify and prosecute subrogation claims. Only three percent of Texas lawyers hold this distinction.
Past Co-Chair of the Texas Division of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP)
Louis Bratton was selected to Best Lawyers in America, 2018. With this distinction, Mr. Bratton now ranks among the top five percent of private practice attorneys nationwide, as determined purely by peers. Best Lawyers has been regarded, by both the profession and the public, as the most credible measure of legal integrity and distinction in the United States. As such, recognition by Best Lawyers symbolizes excellence in practice.
Louis Bratton was also selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers® 2011 – 2020 by Thomson Reuters. Super Lawyers® selects attorneys using a rigorous, multi-phase process, and the list reflects only the top five percent of lawyers in Texas. As part of the selection process, peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third-party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievements. The objective is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel.
Mr. Bratton is also rated as AV® PreeminentTM by Martindale-Hubbell. As the highest rating available, an AV® certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. Martindale-Hubbell ratings reflect a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating. The General Ethical Standards rating denotes adherence to professional standards of conduct and ethics, reliability, diligence and other criteria relevant to the discharge of professional responsibilities. Legal Ability ratings are based on performance in the following five key areas: 1) legal knowledge, 2) analytical capabilities, 3) judgment, 4) communication ability and 5) legal experience.
Certified Legal Specialties
- Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1989
- Texas, 1983
- U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1983
- The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas (J.D.)
- Southern Methodist University (B.A. – 1980)
- Honors: With Highest Honors
Honors And Awards
- Texas Super Lawyers® 2011 – 2020 by Thomson Reuters (Personal Injury Law)
- AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell (Highest Rating Available)
- The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
- Selected to Best Lawyers in America, 2018
Professional Associations And Memberships
- State Bar of Texas, Member
- The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member
- American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
- Texas Bar Foundation, Member
- Texas Division of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP), Past Co-chair
- Phi Beta Kappa