Tarrant County Bar Association 2015 Blackstone Award Recipient
Art Brender was born in Chicago, the eldest of three children and raised from the age of three in Dallas. He graduated from Jesuit High School, worked as a baker and attended the University of Texas at Austin graduating with a B.A. in History. He served as Lt.(jg) in the U.S. Navy (1969-1971), and attended law school at University of Texas at Austin on the G.I. Bill, graduating in 1973.
In 2011, Brender was named a Trial Lawyer of the Year finalist by the national Public Justice Foundation and received the 2010 H.G. Wells Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award of the Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association.
Brender counts as his proudest achievements winning two decisions before the U.S. Supreme Court. In an employment discrimination case, . Watson v. Fort Worth Bank & Trust, the Supreme Court held that statistical evidence alone could be used to prove discrimination in subjective employment decisions.
Married to Lynda for 46 years, they have restored and placed on the National Register three historic homes located on Eighth Avenue, one of which serves as Brender’s office. The Brenders have three children and six grandchildren.