Brittani W. Rollen

Brittani Wilmore Rollen’s practice mainly focuses on appeals of cases that have proceeded through the trial court. Her strengths include research and writing, and she excels in her application of the law to the facts. In both her writing and oral argument, Brittani prides herself on a logical, understandable approach to the matters at issue. This helps her to effectively influence others to her side. Bolstering her appellate practice, Brittani also covers matters related to employment, HOAs, and education.

Brittani has small town Texas roots, and she now makes her home in Burleson with her family. She is one of the friendliest and most caring lawyers you will ever meet. She holds a deep-seated passion for parenting children with special needs. In fact, she and her husband developed a speech aid to help their nonverbal son and co-wrote a book to help other families learn how to use the speech aid. You can check out their labor of love at www.thetinytalker.com.

Education

  • Juris Doctor – Baylor University School of Law, 2005
    • President of the Harvey T. Richey Moot Court Society
    • Order of the Barristers
    • Student Ambassador
    • Leon Jaworksi Scholarship Recipient
    • Dean’s Academic Achievement Scholarship Recipient
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing – Texas A&M University, 2001
    • Magna cum laude
    • Mays Business Fellows Program
    • Class of 2001 Council
    • Kappa Alpha Theta, Recording Secretary

Bar & Court Admissions & Certifications

  • State Bar of Texas, 2005
  • United States Supreme Court
    • United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas

Awards & Recognition

  • AV Rated Martindale Hubbell
  • Top Women Attorneys in Texas by Thomson Reuters: 2020
  • Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters: 2019-2021
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Rising Stars by Thomson Reuters: 2013-2018
  • Top Attorneys >5 Years of Practice by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine: 2009-2014, 2016-2020
  • Top Attorneys by 360 West Magazine: 2017, 2019-2021
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • YWCA Tribute to Women in Business Honoree, 2009
  • Tarrant County Bar Foundation, Life Fellow 

Professional Affiliations & Organizations

  • State Bar of Texas, Appellate Section, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Women’s Section, Member
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Board of Directors
  • Tarrant County Bar Association, Member
    • Appellate Section, Executive Committee, 2011-present 
    • Women’s Section, Member

Volunteerism & Community

  • Fort Worth Leading Edge, a division of Leadership Fort Worth, 2011
  • Joubert Syndrome and Related Disorders Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Tarrant County Bar Foundation, Board of Directors 

Publications

  • “Q&A with Justice David F. Farris,” by Brittani W. Rollen, Tarrant County Bar Journal, November 2017
  • “Brief Writing: Make Yourself Useful as Well as Ornamental,” by Stephen K. Hayes and Brittani Wilmore Rollen, Texas Bar College, Summer 2017 Bulletin
  • “Brief Writing: Make Yourself Useful as Well as Ornamental,” by Stephen K. Hayes and Brittani Wilmore Rollen, Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Reporter, Vol. 55, No. 2, Feb. 2017
  • “Brief Writing: Make Yourself Useful as Well as Ornamental,” by Stephen K. Hayes and Brittani Wilmore Rollen, The Advocate, State Bar Litigation Section Report, Vol. 76, Fall 2016
  • Lonestar Lawyers podcast, August 2020
Brittani Wilmore Rollen

Senior Counsel

Representative Experience & Services

Brittani has a wide variety of legal experience in many areas of practice. Brittani has handled several noteworthy cases, including:

  • In re Texas Christian University (Avitia), No. 02-20-00350-CV, 2021 WL 126578 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth, orig. proceeding).  Represented TCU in mandamus proceeding requesting that trial court’s discovery order be limited.  Court of Appeals granted TCU’s petition for writ of mandamus, holding that the trial court abused its discretion in ordering TCU to produce discovery regarding discrimination complaints organization-wide because the discrimination claim at issue was an individual claim.
  • Yowell v. Admin. Review Bd., United States Dep't of Labor, 993 F.3d 418 (5th Cir. 2021).  Successfully defended Fort Worth & Western Railroad Company against former employee’s claim that his discharge violated the Federal Railroad Safety Act.
  • In re Texas Christian University et al. (Listenbee), 571 S.W.3d 384 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2019, orig. proceeding).  Trial court denied TCU’s plea in abatement based on dominant jurisdiction of earlier-filed case in Tarrant County.  Obtained mandamus relief for TCU, ordering trial court to grant plea in abatement and defer to jurisdiction of Tarrant County case. 
  • Nelson v. Watch House International, 815 F.3d 190 (5th Cir. 2016). Employee sued former employer for discrimination, and district court ordered parties to arbitrate pursuant to an arbitration provision in the employee handbook. Represented employee on appeal to the Fifth Circuit, in which the Fifth Circuit held that arbitration provision was illusory and unenforceable.
  • Bastrop Central Appraisal District v. Acme Brick Company, 428 S.W.3d 911 (Tex. App.—Austin 2014, no pet.). Represented national brick manufacturer in a case against the appraisal district. Drafted motion for summary judgment establishing that manufacturer was entitled to the pollution control exemption on its plant for tax years 2004-2007. Motion was granted, and appraisal district appealed. Drafted appellate briefing, and case was affirmed on appeal.
  • Jerline Smith v. Carter BloodCare, No. 02-12-00523-CV, 2014 WL 1257273 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2014, no. pet.). Won summary judgment for employer blood bank in suit by former employee for state law claims of sexual harassment, which was affirmed on appeal.
  • DaimlerChrysler Motor Co. LLC v. Manuel, 362 S.W.3d 160 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2012, no pet.). Successfully represented DFW area car dealer against one of the big 3 automotive manufacturers for the manufacturer's breach of contract at trial and on appeal.