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WES BEARDEN

Managing Attorney

With years of experience, Wes Bearden carries his clients through the legal process, and alleviates the burden of their stressful situations.

 

His expertise lies in his ability to seek the facts necessary to aggressively represent his clients to achieve the results they desire.

Who is Wes Bearden

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"You have to tell the story with the facts and law you have. Here, we deal with both sides of the equation. Facts and Law. Any dispute boils down to who knows the facts the best and who can tell those facts to the jury. We aren't like most firms. We won't write a 25 page memo of what might happen if they find x or y. We find x and y and then determine the outcome. The key is to measure twice and cut once. Unlike many, we want to operate in reality not possibilities." 

~ Wes Bearden

As a lawyer, Wes enjoys helping his clients tell their story to the court, jury or public. He invests his time and efforts to narrate your facts in front of the ultimate decision makers, the jury. He not only wants to tell your story but, to uncover it. That is what makes him different that other lawyers.

 

Wes is also a 20+ year seasoned investigator. He currently is Chairman of the Board for Bearden Investigative Agency, Inc., a 50-year-old, second generation private investigative agency. He is a frequent lecturer for several professional associations and has appeared on multiple local and national news networks.

 

Being a leader in the investigative community for years, Wes has served on several professional boards. From 2009-2018, Wes served as General Counsel and the lawyer for the Texas Association of Licensed Investigators. In 2020, Wes was elected as president of the National Council of Investigative and Security Services, Inc. He is a member of multiple bar association and the Texas Bar College.

EDUCATION

  • Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Juris Doctorate

    • Member of the Texas Wesleyan Law Review

    • Member of the Eldon B. Mahon American Inn of Courts

  • Stephen F. Austin University, Bachelor of Business Administration. Emphasis in Finance and Real Estate

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Texas

  • Louisiana

  • District of Columbia

  • New York

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

ORGANIZATIONS

  • Federal Bar Association

  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association

  • Louisiana Association of Justice

  • College of the State Bar of Texas

  • Dallas Bar Association

  • New Orleans Bar Association

  • Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court

  • Texas Bar College, Professional Society of Legal Scholars

CIVIC INVOLVEMENT

  • City of Arlington Landmark Preservation Commission, Past Commissioner

  • City of Arlington West Sector Development Board, Past Member

  • Young Men of Arlington, Member

  • Past Member Krewe of Endymion, Krewe of Pygmalion

  • Public Arbitrator, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)

CLE & PUBLICATIONS

  • National Academy of Continuing Legal Education CLE, December 2021: Spy Torts, When the Other Side Overreaches.

  • Lawline CLE, June 2021: If you Try Sometimes, You Can Get What You Need: How to draft effective FOIA requests.

  • Lawline CLE, June 2021: Understanding the Legal Implications of Surveillance, Social Media, and Spying

  • 2021 National Association of Legal Investigators: Premises Liability Investigations

  • Attorney at Law Magazine: Drones and Privacy

  • Iowa Association of Private Investigators 2018 Conference: Family Law Investigations

  • Texas Association of Licensed Investigators 2017 Conference: Family Law Investigations

  • World Investigators Conference 2016: Surveillance & Privacy Law

  • Houston Bar Association 2016: Investigators, Attorneys, and Privileged Communications

  • State Bar of Texas, Advanced Family Law Seminar 2006: Look Before You Snoop

  • Attorney at Law Magazine, Jan. 2015: Rapid Research

  • Attorney at Law Magazine: Smile, You're on 'Candid Camera'

  • Attorney at Law Magazine, Sept. 2015: Internal Investigations

  • Dallas Bar Association 2004: Paralegal or Investigator?