Brian D. Esenwein J.D., C.P.A.

Brian Esenwein


Curriculum Vitae

100 Energy Way

Suite 2000

Fort Worth, TX 76102

817-338-4500 (Main)

817-338-4599 (Fax)


Since 1983, Mr. Esenwein has been in the private practice of law in Fort Worth. His goal is to provide client-focused legal representation that makes sense under the circumstances of each situation. His involvement on both sides of the trial and dispute resolution docket and his extensive experience in drafting and negotiating agreements allows him to see the big picture of his clients’ situations and address the related legal issues in achieving the desired result.

Starting in 1999, Mr. Esenwein received advanced training in alternative dispute resolution techniques. He currently serves on numerous panels of independent dispute resolvers. Mr. Esenwein has been appointed to serve as a single neutral arbitrator and as a member of a three arbitrator panel in over two hundred disputes in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, and Florida. Mr. Esenwein also assists parties in achieving resolution of their disputes by serving as a court- and party-appointed impartial mediator. Complete descriptions of Mr. Esenwein’s panel memberships, alternative dispute resolution training, and references are contained in his curriculum vitae that can be viewed in pdf format by clicking on the “Curriculum Vitae” icon above his address. Mr. Esenwein has the background and experience to hear what is most important when parties to a dispute talk, and he listens as a mediator or arbitrator.


  • Baylor University School of Law – Waco, Texas
  • Juris Doctor – November 1982 – Top 15% of Graduating Class
  • Associate Editor of Baylor Law Review, 1982
  • Texas Tech University, B.B.A., Accounting 1977 – with Honors
    Omicron Delta Kappa
    Beta Gamma Sigma
    • Licensed as Attorney and Counselor at Law by the Supreme Court of Texas and Member of the State Bar of Texas, 1983 to present.
    • Licensed as a Certified Public Accountant by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy from July 1979 to present.


  • State Bar of Texas
  • Martindale-Hubbell Rating: AV
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Mahon Inn of Court – Master
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Fort Worth Business and Estate Planning Council
  • Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Fort Worth Chapter of TSCPA
  • American Arbitration Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association (Former)
  • Texas’ Top Rated Lawyers – 2012-2016


  • Former Director of Cancer Care Services, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Former Chairman – Tarrant County Bar Association – Finance Committee
  • Former Chairman – Tarrant County Bar Association – Audit Committee


Arbitrator & Mediator Services
AAA Panel of Commercial Arbitrators
AAA Panel of Mediators
AAA Panel of Construction Industry Arbitrators
AHLA Panel of Neutrals
FINRA Panel of Neutrals
Business and Transactional Law
Construction Law
Health Care Law
Oil and Gas
Probate and Estate
Real Estate
State and Federal Taxation
Will, Trusts and Estate Planning




  • Private practice of law in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas during the past 32 years
  • December 1992 – Present
    Founding Partner
    Cotten Schmidt & Abbott, L.L.P.
  • December 1985 – December 1992
    Partner (as of 1988)
    Brown, Herman, Scott, Dean & Miles, L.L.P
  • March 1983 – December 1985
    Harris, Finley, Creel and Bogle, P.C.
  • June 1977 – June 1980
    Certified Public Accountant
    Audit Senior with Arthur Young & Company, Dallas, Texas


  • State Bar of Texas – 1983
  • Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants – 1979


  • “Compliance Programs for Health Care Providers”
  • Various Estate Planning Presentations
  • Arbitration Roundtable – State Bar of Texas
  • Negotiation Skills and Real Life Experiences – presented to Fort Worth Chapter of CPA’s
  • Best Practices in Arbitration – Eldon Mahon Inn of Court

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