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  Over the course of over 27 years of practicing law, I have earned a reputation as a “go to” civil litigator with considerable trial, appellate, arbitration, and summary judgment experience in state and federal courts throughout Texas. This vast experience covers a broad range of areas, encompassing wrongful death; product liability; commercial litigation; all types of intellectual property disputes; employment matters; defamation; consumer protection/DTPA cases; professional liability; health care; class action litigation; and cyberliability.

  I am a partner at Passman & Jones in Dallas. Prior to that, I was a partner in the Dallas offices of two large national firms, a partner at a large Texas-based firm, and a partner at a mid-sized Dallas firm. I began my career at a mid-sized Dallas firm and after making partner at my next firm, I started and operated my own small firm for nearly 10 years before moving my practice to a large national law firm.


      I have been licensed to practice in Texas since 1989, and I am also admitted to practice in Oklahoma. I am admitted to all federal courts in Texas, as well as multiple other federal courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.


      I received my law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1989, where I received awards for legal writing and advocacy. I earned bachelors degrees in History and Comparative Literature from Rutgers University in 1986, where I was a National Merit Scholar, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated with general and departmental honors


John Browning and Fifth Court of Appeals Chief Justice Carolyn Wright receiving the State Bar’s highest honor from State Bar of Texas President Alan Dubois.

  • “AV Preeminent” rated by Martindale-Hubbell (5.0 out of 5.0); 
  • Designated a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly 2005–2017 inthe field of Civil Litigation Defense; also named to the “Texas Super Lawyers” Corporate Counsel Edition (2008–2017) and BusinessEdition (2011–2017);
  • Received the State Bar of Texas’ highest award, the President’s Certificate of Merit (2016) for my body ofscholarship and contributions to the profession;
  • Received the Lola Wright Foundation Award from the Texas Bar Foundation (2016) for lifetime achievement in and contributions to the advancement of legal ethics;
  • Received the State Bar College’s Jim D. Bowmer Professionalism Award (2014);
  • Received the Texas Bar Foundation’s Dan Rugeley Price Memorial Award (2013) (presented annually to a Texas lawyer who “exemplifies the qualities of an accomplished legal writer and researcher, a talented and dedicated practicing lawyer, a servant of the profession as a volunteer and an advocate on its behalf”);
  • Received Texas Bar CLE’s “Standing Ovation”Award (2012) as outstanding volunteer and speaker;
  • Received the Texas Bar Foundation’s Outstanding Law Review Article of theYear Award (2012);
  • Received the State Bar College’s Outstanding CLE Article of the Year Award (2012);
  • Best Outside Counsel of the Year Award (one of three national finalists) (Claims and Litigation Management Alliance), 2012;
  • Winner of the Burton Award for Distinguished Achievement in Legal Writing, 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2014;
  • Elected a Charter Fellow in Litigation Counsel of America(trial lawyer honorary society) 2007–present;
  • Elected member, International Association of Defense Counsel (2010);
  • Elected member of the American Law Institute (2009);
  • Elected Fellow, Intellectual Property Institute (2013);
  • Named a “Top Technology Lawyer” and a “Top Business Litigation Attorney” by American Lawyer magazine (2013)
  • Named “Litigator of the Week” by Texas Lawyer magazine (2015);
  • Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation (2010) and the Dallas Bar Foundation (2017);
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation (2016);
  • G. Duffield Smith Outstanding Publication of the Year Award (Defense Research Institute), 2016


John Browning interviewed by national media about fighting terrorism.

      Besides being a member of the State Bar of Texas and the State Bar of Oklahoma, I am also a member of the Dallas Bar Association, the Rockwall County Bar Association (where I served as President), and the Collin County Bar Association. I serve as Chair of the Texas Bar Journal Editorial Advisory Board, have served two terms on the State Bar Grievance Committee, and the Supreme Court of Texas appointed me to the Professional Ethics Committee of the State Bar.

      I am a member of the Litigation Section and the Appellate Section of the State Bar, and I serve as Treasurer of the Computer & Technology Section as well.  I am also a Master in the William “Mac” Taylor Inn of Court.


John Browning and his wife of 28 years, Lisa Browning, as John was honored with the Texas Bar’s highest award for legal writing.


      I’ve written four books on social media and the law: 

  • The Lawyer’s Guide to Social Networking: Understanding Social Media’s Impact on the Law (Thomson Reuters/West Publishing 2010);
  • The Social Media Litigation Practice Guide (West Publishing 2014)
  • Cases and Materials on Social Media and the Law (Carolina Academic Press, forthcoming)
  • Legal Ethics and Social Media: A Practitioner’s Handbook (ABA Publishing 2017)

      I’ve also been a contributing author to seven other books in such areas as employment law, e-discovery, arbitration, and health law.

Academic Articles and Other Writings

      I am the author of 30 law review articles and more than 200 other articles on legal subjects that have appeared in regional and national publications. My writings have been cited as authority by courts in Texas, California, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, Maryland, Puerto Rico, and New York; by practice guides in at least 11 states; and in nearly 300 law review articles.

      In addition, I’ve been quoted as a leading authority on social media and the law by such publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Time magazine, The National Law Journal, Law360, the ABA Journal, WIRED Magazine, and Inside Counsel magazine, as well as by local and national broadcast media outlets.