As Managing Partner of Fee Smith & Sharp’s Austin office, Bret handles a wide variety of matters ranging from complex commercial litigation to premises, products, and catastrophic personal injury. He is a leader in Fee Smith’s Commercial Business Litigation and Construction Defect practice groups, representing construction clients in claims for defective construction and defective products, insurance coverage, delay claims, contract and lien disputes, toxic mold, and worksite personal injury. He defends catastrophic injury claims for transportation, retail, and hospitality clients as well as professional liability matters. Bret draws on his trial experience, creative problem-solving, and cross-firm collaboration to ensure his clients find resolutions that benefit their business in the short and long term, creating realistic and sensible solutions to solve problems.
Throughout more than two decades of practicing law, Bret has represented some of Texas and Oklahoma’s most familiar business owners, contractors, and subcontractors, obtaining successful resolutions to their most important business issues. His clients include national and international contractors, product manufacturers and suppliers, national trucking companies, national energy companies, national waste management companies, and global insurance companies. Whether he is averting a nine-figure claim on behalf of a highway bridge contractor, recovering on payment claims in arbitration for a general contractor, defeating an owner’s counterclaims in a construction defect and delay case, or receiving a defense verdict for a contractor whose fleet vehicle was involved in a life-altering collision, clients know Bret as diligent, hard-working, conscientious, empathetic, and result-driven.