Brendan P. Harvell


Dallas, Texas
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Brendan P. Harvell was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Harvell graduated from Baylor University in May 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Mr. Harvell then went on to graduate at the top of his class, summa cum laude, at South Texas College of Law in May 2012.

While in law school, Mr. Harvell interned for the Fourteenth Court of Appeals as well as the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. Mr. Harvell also worked as a law clerk for Berg and Androphy where he assisted in research and review of large federal qui tam cases. Mr. Harvell was a member of the South Texas Law Review, served as a Vice-Justice for Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, and volunteered his time as a student instructor through the Langdell Scholar program.  Mr. Harvell joined Kevin and his firm as an associate in August of 2012 where he has worked his way up to a named partner.  In his free time, Mr. Harvell enjoys spending time with his wife and their two beautiful girls, who keep him very busy, and working on and expanding his vast collection of US coins/currency and lego sets.

As a Partner of Spencer, Johnson, & Harvell, PLLC, Mr. Harvell practices in litigation and appeals in all Texas Courts with a focus on all aspects of probate, trust, fiduciary and guardianship litigation and estate administration, including will contests, trust contests, and disputes, guardianship contests and disputes, fiduciary liability, as well as ancillary probate jurisdiction litigation, heirship and paternity-inheritance disputes, common-law spouse disputes, civil litigation, and appeals.


  • South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas
    • J.D. - Summa Cum Laude – May 2012
    • Law Review: Member, 2011 – 2012
  • Baylor University, Waco, Texas
    • B.A. – 2009
    • Honors: Dean’s List
    • Major: Political Science

Bar Admissions

Texas, 2012
Pro Hac Vice - Ada, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, 2018

Litigation Percentage

95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Areas of Practice

  • Probate Litigation
  • Estate
  • Trust
  • Guardianship
  • Fiduciary Litigation

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Texas State Bar Association, Member, 2012 – Present
  • Dallas Bar Association, Member, 2012 – Present
  • Dallas Probate Bar Association, Member, 2012 – Present
  • Tarrant County Probate Bar Association, Member, 2013 – Present
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Member, 2013 – Present
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2013 – Present
  • Texas Guardianship Manual Committee, Member, 2018 – Present

Honors and Awards

  • Texas Rising Stars, Estate and Trust Litigation, 2022 – Present
  • Best Lawyers in America, Estate and Trust Litigation, 2023 – Present
  • South Texas Law Review, 2011 – 2012

Pro Bono Activities

  • Langdell Scholar Program (Student Instructor), South Texas College of Law, 2010

Past Employment Positions

  • Berg and Androphy, Clerkship, 2011 – 2012
  • Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Internship, 2011


Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity


Speaker, Topic: Modification, Restoration and Successor Guardians - Texas Guardianship Association Webinar - October 24, 2023

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