Brown Hofmeister


Kent S. Hofmeister


Phone: 214-747-6100
Fax: 214-747-6111

Kent Hofmeister, a founding partner of Brown & Hofmeister, has a state and federal litigation practice with an emphasis in state and local government law. His experience, which is reflected by the publication of several dozen reported judicial opinions, extends to cases involving business and contract disputes, constitutional law, civil rights, election law, employment discrimination, fair housing, and zoning and land use.

Before joining the firm, Kent was an assistant city attorney with the Dallas City Attorney's office, where for five years he supervised the Federal Litigation Section. A past national president of the Federal Bar Association (2002-03), he was the 2017 recipient of that organization's Earl W. Kintner Award for Distinguished Service, presented as a lifetime contribution award to an FBA member who has displayed long-term outstanding achievement, distinguished leadership, and participation in the activities of the association's chapters, sections, and divisions throughout the nation over a career of service.  He has maintained an AV® preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest rating it awards attorneys based on legal ability and ethical standards, for more than 30 years.  Kent has also been recognized by Thomson Reuters as a Texas Super Lawyer® each year since 2003 and named among D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas.  He is proficient in Spanish.



Areas of Practice:
State and Federal Litigation
Commercial Litigation
State and Local Government Law

Employment Law
Civil Rights
Election Law
School Law
Land Use and Zoning

Bar Admissions

Texas, 1976
U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1977
U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1986
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1987
U.S. Court of Appeals Second Circuit, 2011
U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit, 1979

U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit, 2012
U.S. Court of Appeals Tenth Circuit, 2009
U.S. Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit, 1980
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1995
U.S. Supreme Court, 1980


Southern Methodist University School of Law
Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1976

Southern Methodist University
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Journalism), 1973
SMU-in-Spain, Madrid, 1972 (spring semester)

Published Work

Dews v. Town of Sunnyvale, Texas - A Case Study of Litigation under the Fair Housing Act, 2004 Institute on Planning, Zoning and Eminent Domain, 35 ed., Chapter Six (Matthew Bender & Co. 2005)

How to Litigate a Land Use Case - Strategies and Trial Tactics, Chapter 8, Trying the Case (co-author), American Bar Association, 2000

Section 1983 Litigation: Forms (contributing author), Panel Publishers, 1995-present

The Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Federal Rules of Evidence - The Official Report of the Federal Bar Association, Federal Bar News & Journal, Volume 39, No. 6 (July 1992)

Praprotnik : Municipal Policy and Policymakers: The Supreme Court's Constriction of Municipal Liability (co-author), 13 Southern Illinois University Law Journal 857, Summer 1989

Professional Associations and Memberships

Federal Bar Association

2017 Recipient, Earl W. Kintner Award for Distinguished Service "for lifetime contribution"
National President, 2002-03
National Executive Committee/Board of Directors, 1994-2004, 2008-12
Chair, Federal Litigation Section, 1993-94
President, Dallas Chapter, 1990-91
Foundation Life Fellow

American Board of Trial Advocates ("ABOTA")

W.M. "Mac" Taylor, Jr. American Inn of Court

Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit

American Bar Association

State Bar of Texas

Texas Bar Foundation

Dallas Bar Association
Co-Chair, 2010 Bench Bar Conference
Bar None, Assistant Director/Cast Member, 1989-present

Dallas Bar Foundation
Life Fellow

Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation
Life Fellow

Community Service and Activities

Southern Methodist University Alumni Board 2013-16 Term

Dallas Summer Musicals
Member, Board of Directors, 1992-present

Richardson Symphony Orchestra
Member, Board of Directors, 2009-12



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