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Brad Irelan


Bradford W. Irelan is a Shareholder and Co-Founder of Irelan McDaniel, P.L.L.C. For more than twenty years, and with more than 75 jury trials and 20 appeals in both state and federal courts, he has enjoyed a reputation as one of Houston’s finest trial attorneys. Mr. Irelan concentrates his practice in title insurance and real estate litigation. He is a frequent speaker on title insurance matters.

Representative Appellate Decisions

Successfully upheld $1 million jury trial verdict in client’s favor in breach of contract case. CBS Outdoor, Inc. v. Potter, No. 01-11-00650-CV, 2013 Tex. App. LEXIS 645 (Tex. App. – Houston [1st Dist.] Jan. 24, 2013, pet. pending)

Successfully overturned a trial court judgment in favor of plaintiff and obtained a rendered judgment for insured homeowner. WMC Mortgage Corp. and Darrell Turner v. James and Dorothy Adams, No. 14-06-00671-CV (Tex. App. – Houston [14th Dist.] July 3, 2008)

Successfully overcame City’s effort to prevent contractor from pursuing $1 million claim based on sovereign immunity. PKG Contracting, Inc. v. City of Mesquite, 197 S.W.3d 388 (Tex. 2006) (per curiam)

Successfully affirmed trial court dismissal of plaintiff’s lien claim. Patterson v. Holub, 264 S.W.3d 180 (Tex. App. – Houston [1st Dist.] 2008, pet. denied)

Successfully reversed trial court judgment in tenant’s favor and rendered judgment in client’s favor on dispute. Hong Kong Dev. Inc. v. Nguyen, 229 S.W.3d 415 (Tex. App. – Houston [1st Dist.] 2007, no pet.)

Successfully overturned court order compelling insurer to take action. In re Foremost County Mut. Ins. Co. and Jim Doland, 172 S.W.3d 128 (Tex. App. – Beaumont 2005, orig. proceeding)

Successfully affirmed a trial verdict declaring client was not liable to plaintiff. Aquaduct, L.L.C. v. McElhenie and North American Mortgage Co., C.A. No. 14-02-00708-CV (Tex. App. – Houston [14th Dist.] Sept. 9, 2003)

Successfully affirmed trial court dismissal of plaintiff’s claims against principal of school by teacher. Miller v. Galveston/Houston Diocese, A.M., 911 S.W.2d 897 (Tex. App. – Amarillo 1995, no writ)

Successfully overturned trial court summary judgment in favor of defendant and rendering judgment in client’s favor on lease dispute. Potter v. Clear Channel Outdoor, Inc., No. 01-07-00578-CV (Tex. App. – Houston [1st Dist.] 2011)

Successfully affirmed trial court judgment in client’s favor on lease dispute. Nat’l Adver. Co. v. Potter, 2008 WL 920338 (Tex. App. – Houston [1st Dist.] 2008, pet. denied)

Successfully affirmed directed verdict at trial in client’s favor on partnership dispute. Evans v. Wilkins, No. 14-00-00831-CV (Tex. App. – Houston [14th Dist.] Nov. 1 2001, no pet.) (not designated for publication)

Successfully overturned trial court summary judgment in insurer’s favor. Mejia v. Famers New World Life Ins. Co., No. 01-99-00307-CV (Tex. App. – Houston [1st Dist.] Feb. 17, 2000, no pet.) (not designated for publication)

Successfully affirmed zero verdict received in jury trial in case brought by tenant against landlord client for wrongful eviction. Moyer v. Rosenzweig, No. 14-94-00481-CV (Tex. App. – Houston [14th Dist.] June 1, 1995, no writ) (not designated for publication)

Successfully overturned garnishment judgment against client investment firm. Shearson Lehman Bros. v. Resolution Trust Corp. as Receiver for Sandia Fed. Sav. Ass’n, No. 05-93-00527-CV (Tex. App. – Dallas Feb. 23, 1994, no writ) (not designated for publication)

Successfully reversed and rendered judgment in favor of client on claims by supplier. Am. Gooseneck, Inc. d/b/a AG Prods. v. Watts Trucking Serv., Inc., No. 97-50969 (5th Cir. Sept. 16, 1998) (unpublished opinion)

Successfully affirmed judgment in favor of title company client on claim opposing discharge in bankruptcy of debt from fraud. Old Republic Title Ins. Co. v. Wright (In re Wright), C.A. No. H-03-1837-CV (S.D. Tex. Feb. 13, 2004) (bankruptcy appeal)

  • How to Successfully Settle Your Next Real Estate and Title Insurance Claim, State Bar of Texas (2015)
  • Fee Attorneys – Fiduciary Duties and Conflicts of Interest, Texas Land Title Association (2014)
  • Trial Attorney’s Perspective of Escrow Claims, State Bar Advanced Real Estate Law Seminar (2014)
  • Title Insurance Claims, Old Republic National Title Insurance Company Annual Agency Conference (2001 – 2012)
  • Supreme Court Update, Texas Land Title Association (2012)
  • Panel Discussion on Claims, Texas Land Title Association (2011)
  • Select Topics in Texas Title Insurance, Southern Title Insurance Company (2010)
  • View From Outside, Claim Handling From the Perspective of Outside Counsel, Fidelity Title Insurance Group (2009)
  • Resolving Tax Lien Issues and Understanding Tax Lien Foreclosures, Half Moon LLC (2009)
  • When They Go To Trial and What Should Be In The File, Texas Land Title Institute (2009)
  • Real Estate Fraud – What’s Hot, Texas Land Title Association (2007)
  • Texas Real Estate Title Law, Problems and Solutions, National Business Institute (2003 – 2004)
  • Irelan McDaniel, P.L.L.C. (2014 – Present)
  • Irelan Hargis, P.L.L.C. (2000 – 2014)
  • Irelan & Associates (1993 – 2000)
  • Munisteri & Associates, P.C. (1990 – 1993)
  • Hutcheson & Grundy (1986 – 1990)
  • 2008-15, Recognized as a SuperLawyer by Texas Lawyer
  • 2010-15, Voted a Top Attorney in Texas Civil Litigation Defense
  • 2013-14 H Texas Magazine Top Lawyer
  • AV Peer Review Rating with Martindale-Hubbell (highest rating for ethics and ability)
  • Texas Department of Insurance certified continuing education provider
  • Civil Trial Law
  • Residential Real Estate Law
  • BA, 1983, Magna Cum Laude, University of Tennessee
  • JD, 1986, George Washington University
  • George Washington School of Law Alumni Board of Directors
    • Executive Committee, 2010
    • President-Elect, 2011
    • President, 2012-13
  • State Bar of Texas (since November 7, 1986)
  • Houston Bar Association, Member, Litigation Section
  • Houston Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • Texas Land Title Association, Member
    • Judiciary Committee, Texas Land Title Association (2006-11, Chairman, 2014-15)
    • Legal Issues Committee, Texas Land Title Association (2009-11)
    • Institute Committee, Texas Land Title Association (2009-11, 2014-15)
  • American Land Title Association, Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • All Texas State Courts (State Bar No. 10411550)
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court