Practice Overview


Unfortunately, there are disputes that can only be resolved by a lawsuit. If attempts at resolution have failed, you need a lawyer with courthouse experience. We handle all types of commercial litigation. Rickey Brantley was certified as a Civil Trial specialist by the Texas Board of Specialization in 1988 and has maintained the certification through experience and required continuing education for over 20 years. He has taught other lawyers in continuing education courses sponsored by different legal organizations including the Tarrant County Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas.


Problems with business partners range from disruptive disputes that affect the profitability of the company, to the destruction of an ongoing business because of fraud or deceit. Good, objective counsel with experience in both resolving matters amicably, or successfully presenting disputes to a judge or jury, is needed in disputes about the continuation or dissolution of a business, or any fuss that winds up somewhere between the two.
A positive result with minimum negative effect on your business is the goal in any business dispute. You should hire a lawyer who understands that, and is willing to provide sound, objective advice after looking at all the issues. Working together as a team, we will work to resolve the problem as quickly as possible and work to craft a solution to keep the problem from happening again. We can do that and will provide fee options for you to consider that allows the best option for your specific problem, not just a one size fits all approach.
We keep you informed every step of the way, so we know that every decision is the right one for your business.


Insurance is expensive. When spending your hard earned money for it, you expect the insurance company to do what it says it will do: to financially protect you if something happens that you could not ordinarily handle alone.
The insurance company is taking your money in exchange for a promise, a promise that should the unexpected happen – whether from medical problems, disability, flood, wind, fire or other disaster – the insurance company will cover your losses.
But, sometimes, insurance companies forget that. You are left with a loss, needed medical attention, or a loss of income due to disability. And the insurance company is still taking its premium payments.
Contact me. I have helped folks in disputes, lawsuits and appeals against insurance companies since 1982. You need an experienced lawyer. Most of these matters can be handled on a contingency fee, but other fee options will be discussed and you can decide what is best for your situation. The first visit is free.


Rickey Brantley is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in Personal Injury Trial Law. Your case will be reviewed on its merits and individual attention is given to each injury or death case accepted. There is no charge for the consultation and evaluation of the matter.


Rickey Brantley


Rickey Brantley serves on the Board of the Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County which has been serving the homeless in Fort Worth and Tarrant County for over 120 years.. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Mission and is past Chairman of the Board. He has served as a Board member of the Methodist Justice Ministry, an organization that offers counseling and legal services to people who would be unable to afford those services. Rickey has been an active supporter of Camp Fire and the Y. W. C. A. He has mentored at East Handley Elementary School in Fort Worth since 2008 and is a supporter of the Paschal High School Booster Club. Rickey is a member of the Fort Worth Club and Colonial Country Club.
Education & Honors
Texas Eastern University, Texas A & M, Baylor University
Graduated from Baylor Law School, 1982.
Claude B. Williams Advocacy Award
Strasburger & Price Advocacy Award
Baylor Outstanding Advocate Award
Senior Class President
Class Vice-President
Student Bar Association, a member of the Order of Barristers
President of the Moot Court Society
Mock Trial Team
Top 100 Texas Super Lawyers (2006-2011)
Texas Super Lawyers (2003-2011)
Top 100 Dallas/Fort Worth Texas Super Lawyers (2006- 2011)
Recognized as Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas by the Fort Worth and Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association, 1992
Rickey is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell, signifying that other attorneys rank Rickey Brantley at the highest level of professional excellence

Memberships & Affiliations
State Bar of Texas
U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
State Bar of Colorado
U. S. District Court, Colorado
Board Certified Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization Certification
Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization Certification
American College of Trial Lawyers, (Member of the State Executive Committee, past member of the Professional Education Committee)
American Board of Trial Advocates (member of the Executive Committee)
College of the State Bar
Publications & Seminars
Texas Trial Lawyers Association: Advanced Personal Injury Course, speech (joint with David Keltner),” Ever Changing Daubert Issues From Both Trial and Appellate Perspective”
Tarrant County Bar Association: speech, “Through the Eyes of the Jury” State Bar of Texas, September 2, 1999: Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course, speech, “Voire Dire” State Bar of Texas, May, 2000: Advanced Commercial and Consumer Law Course 2000 “Making Healthcare Claims Work”
State Bar of Texas: 21st Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course, speech, “Update on Managed Health Care Litigation — Plaintiff’s Perspective”
Lexington Insurance Company: Lexington Managed Care Seminar, speaker and general discussion panel member, discussing Hedrick v. Sanux Texas Health Plan, Inc., Cause Number 2864, 18th Judicial District Court, Somervell County, Texas (Representing the Plaintiffs, this case involved an insurance company’s failure to pay for a needed bone marrow transplant for a one-year-old boy. Jury verdict settled before Judgment was entered, providing the child with medical treatment for the rest of child’s life.)
State Bar of Texas (Dallas), (South Padre), (Houston): 20th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course, speech, “Managed Health Care Litigation — Plaintiff’s Perspective”
Fort Worth-Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association and Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association combined meeting: speech, “Good Faith & Fair Dealing in the Insurance Industry”
Texas Trial Lawyers Association: speaker, Advanced Product Liability Seminar, “Breast Implant Cases: A Plaintiff’s Perspective”
Tarrant County Trial Lawyers’ Association: speech “A Practical Approach to Practicing Law in Tarrant County”
The Rutter Group, Texas Bad Faith Bulletin, Volume V, Issue IV: “Fraudulent Joinder Removal”
State Bar of Texas, Scheduled Speaker: Advanced DTPA/Insurance/Consumer Law Course, “Jury Selection in the DTPA and Insurance Case”
Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association: seminar speaker, “Establishing Claims Against Insurance Companies for Violations of the Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing”
South Texas College of Law: Advanced Issues in Insurance “Bad Faith” Litigation, “Establishing Claims Against Insurance Companies for Violations of the Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing”
Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association: speech, “Recent Developments in ERISA law”
Tarrant County Women’s Bar Association: speech “ERISA in Insurance Litigation”
State Bar of Texas: Ultimate Insurance Seminar, “The Texas Insurance Reform Act of 1991”
State Bar of Texas, Fort Worth: Damages in Personal Injury Cases, “Maximizing Damages in a Typical Injury Case: A Plaintiff’s Perspective”
PESI: Trial Techniques: A Young Lawyers Guide to Civil Trial Advocacy, “Opening and Closing Statements; Cross Examination of Witnesses”
State Bar of Texas: Fourth Annual Advanced DTPA-Consumer Law Course, “Insolvent Insurance Companies and Claims Against the Guaranty Fund” (Also presented at the Tarrant County Young Lawyers weekly meeting)
State Bar of Texas: Advanced Personal Injury Course, “First Party Insurance Bad Faith–Plaintiff’s Perspective”
State Bar of Texas, Fort Worth: Practice Skills Course: Personal Injury/Worker’s Compensation, panel member The Rutter Group, Texas Bad Faith Bulletin, Volume I, Issue II, “Impact of ERISA from the Plaintiff’s Perspective”
State Bar of Texas: Advanced Personal Injury Course, “First Party Insurance Bad Faith–Plaintiff’s Perspective”
Professional Education Systems, Inc.: Texas Insurance Bad Faith Litigation, “Causes of Action–DTPA, Insurance Code, Board Orders, Common Law Causes of Action
State Bar of Texas seminar, S.M.U. Law School: Recent Developments in Business Torts, “Implied Covenants of Good Faith and Fair Dealing”
State Bar of Texas, seminar, S.M.U. Law School: The Tort of Bad Faith — Commercial, Insurance and Beyond, “Practical and Tactical Considerations in the Bad Faith Claim”

Alex Pelley

Associate Lawyer

Alex Pelley was born and raised in Sherman, Texas,  amongst a family of attorneys. Although it was difficult to leave Texas and his family behind, Alex made the decision to attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and study political science.  While attending the University of Colorado Alex circumnavigated the globe while studying abroad and ultimately graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences. After a successful time at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law and clerkship with  Jose, Henry, Brantley, MacLean and Alvarado, LLP, Alex passed the bar in 2011.

In 2011, Alex joined the firm of Rickey J. Brantley as an associate and has practiced in Ft. Worth since.  Alex has engaged in an extensive amount of motion practice in many civil litigation areas including, insurance claims, business disputes, investment fraud, and oil and gas interests.

Currently Alex is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the American Bar Association, and the Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association.

Cathie Smith

Legal Assistant/Bookkeeper

Cathie has a varied background which has been valuable to the clients of Rickey J. Brantley Atty at Law.   She worked in the Oil and Gas industry before taking an IT position with Cunningham Lindsey transitioning to Account Manager in  Client Services.  Prior to joining the firm of RJBPC, she was the bookkeeper and office manager for Fred J. Bastie and Associates, a Dallas CPA firm.