Brian Barnard


Education and Clerkships

J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law, 1981, cum laude; Lead Articles Editor, Texas Tech Law Review

B.B.A., Finance, University of Texas at Austin, 1978, with honors




For over 30 years, Brian Barnard has been providing legal advice and business counsel to senior management teams, boards of directors and in-house lawyers of public and private companies on general corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, reporting requirements and corporate governance.

Brian counsels buyers and sellers of public and private companies through merger and acquisition transactions, including documenting and negotiating the transaction. Clients in the securities and capital markets have the benefit of Brian's experience with assisting both issuers and underwriters in a full range of public and private equity and debt offerings. 

In this era of heightened compliance with securities laws, Brian also assists his clients with a full range of corporate governance issues, including directors' duties in making business decisions, in monitoring and overseeing the affairs of the corporation, directors' duties in detecting and preventing corporate wrongdoing, protecting directors and officers against personal liability, and, especially, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. 

Brian's understanding of the business and management issues facing decision makers is enhanced by the non-lawyer roles he holds within the community. As a former member of the board of directors and executive committee of Alliance for Higher Education/North Texas Regional Center for Innovation and Commercialization (regional affiliate of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund), Brian has been actively engaged in promoting entrepreneurism in the region and with efforts to help new technology and life sciences projects succeed in North Texas. Brian has also served as Chairman of the Board of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. Brian currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Cook Children’s Health Foundation.

Selected Speeches and Publications

  • “Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Basics,” co-author, DealThink Alert, July 25, 2012. 
  • “Top Ten Initial Considerations in a Going Private Transaction,” co-author, DealThink Alert, June 15, 2011.


Super Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Maintains Solid Showing on 2016 Texas Super Lawyers

Texas Super Lawyers has again recognized Haynes and Boone in its annual award listings, highlighting 61 firm lawyers, with three celebrating 10 years on the list.

Published by Thomson Reuters, September 2016


Haynes and Boone Advises Forest Park Medical Center at Southlake in Bankruptcy Sale

Haynes and Boone Advises Forest Park Medical Center at Southlake in Bankruptcy Sale

A team of Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers represented Forest Park Medical Center at Southlake in its sale through Chapter 11 to the Methodist Health System, creating a multi-specialty hospital renamed Methodist Southlake Hospital.

Lawyer of the Year

Best Lawyers

Seven Haynes and Boone Lawyers Named “2017 Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers has named seven Haynes and Boone lawyers “2017 Lawyer of the Year.” The legal guide designates a single lawyer per practice specialty in each geographic region. Honorees received high praise for legal prowess, integrity and professionalism.

Published by Woodward/White, Inc., September 2016.

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized as a "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers, Woodward/White, Inc., in Corporate Governance Law, 2017.
  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., in Corporate Law, Corporate Governance and Compliance Law, and Securities/Capital Markets Law, 2007-2017; Securities Regulation, 2016-2017
  • Recognized by Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, in Securities and Corporate Finance, 2005-2016; Business/Corporate; Mergers & Acquisitions, 2015-2016
  • Chosen as a Top Attorney in Corporate Finance/Mergers & Acquisitions, Fort Worth, Texas magazine, Panther City Media Group, LP, 2008-2013 and 2016
  • Martindale Hubbell® Law Directory with a Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent™

Professional and Community Activities

  • State Bar of Texas, Business Law Section
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section (Small Business Committee)
  • Association for Corporate Growth, Dallas/Fort-Worth Chapter
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Tarrant County Bar Foundation (Charter Fellow)

Selected Client Representations

  • Represented a publicly-held specialty finance company in its going private sale to a private equity firm.
  • Represented a national clothing manufacturer in its acquisition of a competitor.
  • Represented a national plumbing supply distributor in its acquisition of a competitor.
  • Represented a publicly held company in the successful defense of a hostile tender offer.
  • Represented the management and board of directors of a public company during an independent audit committee investigation.
  • Represented a public company in the oilfield services industry in an underwritten public offering of common stock.
  • Represented the ownership of a national plumbing supply distributor in its sale to a global private equity firm.
  • Represented a publicly-held home furnishings company in its sale to a competitor.
  • Represented the ownership of a specialty chemicals company in its sale to a diversified, global company.

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