Brian NewbyCounsel, Fort Worth

Brian Newby has extensive experience in legislation, governmental affairs, litigation, commercial contract disputes, and employment. Mr. Newby has experience working with numerous national insurance carriers, Fortune 500 companies, political subdivisions, school districts, retail distributors, and transportation authorities. He has spent 30 years in the active and air reserve components of the United States Air Force. He currently holds the rank of Major General.

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  • Texas Tech University, B.A, 1983
  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1986

Brian Newby heads our Public/Regulatory practice. He has extensive experience in commercial litigation as well as regulatory matters. With over 30 years of courtroom and state administrative law experience, he specializes in assisting clients in resolving complex issues. He has extensive experience working with federal, state and local governmental entities on a wide variety of issues, to include transportation, water, education and health care. An experienced courtroom advocate, he has taken to trial, arbitration and mediation hundreds of cases involving construction defects, public and private contract disputes, personal injury and employment agreements. A former Chief of Staff and former General Counsel to the Governor of Texas, he has held non-elected positions at the highest level of state government. In 2008, he co-chaired the State of Texas’ hurricane recovery efforts following Hurricane Ike. Mr. Newby has served as a Cantey Hanger partner in both the Fort Worth and Austin offices. He also served as outside General Counsel to the Houston General Insurance Company. He now holds an Of Counsel position in Fort Worth. He was named to 2010 Extraordinary Minorities in Texas Law by Texas Lawyer Magazine and 2012 Power Attorneys by Fort Worth Business Press. Prior to joining Cantey Hanger, he served on active duty as a judge advocate (JAG) and felony prosecutor for the United States Air Force.

  • State Bar of Texas (Litigation Section), (State Bar Mentor Committee), (Law Office Management Committee)
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Fort Worth-Tarrant County Black Bar Association (Past President)
  • U.S. Federal Districts Courts, Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas
  • Tarrant County Bar Foundation (Charter Treasurer and Life member)
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Texas General Counsel Forum
  • Board of Regents, Texas Tech University System, 1999 – 2005 (Vice Chairman)
  • Director, Tarrant Regional Water District, 1994-2004
  • Texas Air National Guard, (Brigadier General)
  • Leadership Fort Worth
  • Texas Lyceum
  • Cook Children’s Foundation
  • United Way
  • Community Foundation of North Texas
  • Communities in Schools
  • Fort Worth Club
  • Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce