Brent Turman

Brent Turman

Dallas, Texas
(214) 979-7417

As a former Associate Operations Producer with ESPN College Football and producer/director of commercials, short films, and in-arena entertainment, Brent brings a unique perspective to the firm's entertainment law clientele. He has a passion for the arts and understands the importance of the law as it pertains to the entertainment industry.

Brent's commercial litigation practice covers a variety of matters including business disputes, complex arbitration, construction litigation and intellectual property. In 2017 he was recognized by his peers as a Super Lawyers "Rising Star" for business litigation.

In his spare time, Brent produces short films and co-hosts a podcast for SMU men's basketball fans.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Litigation
  • Arbitration
  • Construction Litigation
  • Entertainment Law
  • Intellectual Property

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas


  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Hatton W. Sumners Scholar
    • Law Review: SMU Law Review Association, Air Law Symposium Editor
  • Southern Methodist University
    • B.A. in Cinema-Television
    • Honors: Leadership Scholar and Cinema-Television Graduation Marshal
  • Southern Methodist University
    • B.B.A. in Marketing
    • Honors: BBA Scholar

Published Works and Presentations

  • Fifty Shades of Greed: A Case Study on Partnership by Conduct, Entertainment Law Institute, 2016
  • The Book of Sanctions: Enforcement of NCAA Bylaws, Legal Panel, Dallas Bar Association, 2016
  • Lights, Camera, Action: Legal Issues Affecting Film Festivals, Legal Panel, Dallas Bar Association, 2016
  • Why I Learned to Love Contracts, Arts Counsel Texas Lunch & Learn, 2016
  • Entertainment Law Panel, UNT Dallas College of Law, 2016
  • Texas Film Commission Directors Chop Down Machete's Allegations, Texas Entertainment & Sports Law Newsletter, 2015
  • Guilds and Unions in a Right-to-Work State, Entertainment Law Institute, 2014
  • DIY Media Distribution: Eliminating the Middleman, DBA Headnotes, 2014
  • After Official Review, Fourth Circuit Rules No Unsportsmanlike Conduct in NFL's Use of Franchise Logo, Texas Entertainment & Sports Law Newsletter, 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Named a Texas "Rising Star" by the publisher of Texas Monthly magazine
  • 2016 Chair of Dallas Bar Association's Sports & Entertainment Law Section
  • Best Director, 2014 Universal Film Festival
  • Dallas Producers Association
  • SMU Meadows Alumni Advisory Council
  • Arts Counsel Texas, Founding Board Member
  • Texas UIL Young Filmmakers Festival and USA Film Festival, Judge