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Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors is built on an institutional commitment to winning every case – from beginning to end.

Because we operate at the intersection of law, business, and communications, we utilize multiple channels to advocate for – and advance – our clients’ interests. The firm employs expert professionals with expertise in finance, economics, the sciences, investigations, and crisis management.

The firm is exclusively dedicated to high-stakes advocacy – matters that involve substantial financial or business exposure, cutting-edge legal issues, or significant public policy questions.

Since its founding in 1984, the firm has been a pioneer in the legal profession. An offshore operation, a distinctive value-based billing platform, and in-house groups that specialize in business consulting and public relations are hallmarks of our commitment to innovation. With offices in Dallas, New York, and Hyderabad, India, we are organized around the belief that advocacy must extend beyond the courtroom, to protect and advance clients’ interests in every forum imaginable.

Our firm’s diversified teams of professionals work in concert to deliver a unique brand of high-stakes advocacy – and to define the outcomes we aim to achieve.

Welcome to Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors.

William A. Brewer III
William A. Brewer III
Partner
William A. Brewer III is a founding partner of Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors. Since the firm’s inception in 1984, Mr. Brewer has earned a reputation as one of the most creative and successful lawyers in the United States practicing extensively in the field of complex commercial litigation.
Michael J. Collins
Michael J. Collins
Partner
Michael J. Collins is a senior partner in the firm’s Dallas office. His practice focuses on handling complex commercial disputes and, when appropriate, providing strategic alternatives and creative solutions to litigation to protect his clients’ legal and business interests nationally and internationally.
PRACTICE AREAS
  • CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
  • HOTEL & HOSPITALITY LAW

    Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors is a firm of choice for resolving major disputes in the hospitality industry.

    The firm has represented internationally known hotel franchisors, management companies, owners, developers, and investors in many of the most high-profile, big-stakes cases in the industry. Not only has the firm’s work in this area changed the state of the law, but it also has resulted in the formulation of creative solutions to countless problems confronting the industry.

    Testament to the significance of the firm’s work in the hospitality arena are the many news organizations that chronicle its work. In the past few years alone, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and The New York Times, among many others, have all reported on the Firm’s representation of hospitality clients.

  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

    Our firm has been involved in some of the most significant intellectual property disputes of the past two decades. These disputes have involved national and international patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret matters of the most vital significance for their owners.

  • Antitrust and Trade Regulation Law

    Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors routinely acts as lead counsel in major disputes involving antitrust issues. In fact, the combination of the firm’s “in house” consulting resources and its trial practice capabilities uniquely position the Brewer law firms to pursue client objectives on both sides of the docket.

    In this area of the law, the firm has represented clients in court, as well as before the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission.

  • Environmental Law

    Representing clients such as manufacturers, chemical companies, landowners, and others, the firm’s environmental practice includes mass personal injury and significant property damage matters, as well as some of the most notorious environmental enforcement cases ever litigated in federal and state courts.

    The firm has represented numerous Fortune 500 companies in connection with a broad range of environmental concerns. Currently, the firm is handling the defense of some of the world’s largest environmental disputes – working in forums and venues across the United States and the world.

  • Oil and Gas Law

    Our firm has represented both major and independent exploration and production companies, oil and gas operators, and pipeline companies in a wide variety of cases involving technical, cross-border, contract, and partnership issues.

  • Real Estate Law

    Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors has represented investors, contractors, lenders, and developers in complex matters involving many of the highest-profile developmental efforts in the United States. The firm’s efforts have uniformly produced positive results for its clients involved in this high-flying industry group.

    The firm currently represents the developer of the Kingsbridge National Ice Center – widely recognized as one of the largest and most transformative real estate projects in the history of New York.

  • General Contract and Business Torts Law

    Our firm has had substantial experience in prosecuting and defending against claims of breach of contract, tortuous interference with business relations, fraud, negligence, civil conspiracy, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of confidential relationship, and the full spectrum of general contract and tort disputes in which corporations frequently find themselves.

  • Insurance Law

    Our attorneys have been involved in substantial insurance coverage litigation regarding various underlying substantive areas of law, including environmental, tort, securities, contract claims, etc.

    Over the decades, the firm has represented clients in a variety of insurance coverage disputes in multiple jurisdictions. The firm has represented a number of clients against domestic insurance companies such as AIG, CNA Financial, and Travelers, and British carriers such as Lloyd’s.

    We are familiar with multiple lines of coverage including, but not limited to, CGL, EIL, E&O, and D&O policies. The firm is also experienced in litigating matters involving various types of commercial and environmental liability insurance, including coverage provisions, exclusions, and exceptions.

    In addition, the firm is familiar with the Bermuda form policies, having successfully litigated against carriers such as ACE and XL. Moreover, the firm has successfully pursued claims against insurance brokers such as Marsh & McLennan, AON, and others.

  • Bankruptcy Law

    Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors has been the lead law firm for both creditors and borrowers in some of the largest and most celebrated adversarial bankruptcies in the United States.

  • New Technology and E-Commerce Law

    Our firm is at the forefront of litigating the many new and challenging legal issues arising from the advance of technology, the growing importance of the Internet, and other major developments in e-commerce and new technology business.

    The firm is currently handling a number of technology and e-commerce cases that will impact the way business is done in the future.

  • International Arbitration and Global Advocacy

    The Firm’s advocacy spans the globe.

    Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors has advocated for clients in ad hoc arbitration in such places as London, Hong Kong, and Singapore, and represented clients before a variety of international arbitral institutions, including the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC); the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA); UNCITRAL Rules; the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID); and the American Arbitral Association (AAA)/International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR).

    The firm’s international track record includes achieving a favorable arbitration award for a client following an eight-week hearing before the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. The case against a Chinese manufacturing company involved breach of contract, antitrust, and other claims relating to a worldwide product distribution agreement. The firm also appeared before the International Trade Commission in a patent litigation case, successfully settling the matter and procuring a license to the Complainant’s patent portfolio.

    In 2011, the firm helped a Fortune 500 corporation achieve a decisive victory in a London trial concerning its decision to cease its support for a high-profile product acquisition. Claimants sought approximately $40 million in damages. The High Court of the United Kingdom rejected Claimants’ demands and awarded only $1.3 million.

    Other highlights of the firm’s international docket include:

    Represented a client before the International Trade Commission in a patent litigation case initiated by Complainant American GNC Corp. The Complainant alleged infringement of a patent and sought to block the importation of Respondents’ products related to marine navigation and GPS systems into the United States. The firm successfully settled the matter and procured a license to the Complainant’s patent portfolio comprising dozens of patents.

    Successfully represented Claimant Flandana Holdings Limited, a Cyprus company, against Respondent Access Capital Advisors, a Guernsey company, before the London Court of International Arbitration. The case alleged breach of partnership agreements and other contracts. This matter was governed in part by English law and in part by Guernsey law.

  • Issues & Crisis Management

    An important component of our model is public advocacy.

    We believe that effective client advocacy is driven by the ability to represent our clients’ interests not just in the courtroom – but beyond. As such, we regularly represent clients in the regulatory arena, the legislative environment, and the news media. In all of these forums, we are defined by our ability to achieve extraordinary results – and to innovate in pursuit of them.

    We formed one of the first in-house strategic communications practices within a national litigation firm. Today, this public relations and communications practice group advises clients on a broad array of reputational issues, political and regulatory concerns, and image-building opportunities. We routinely advise clients ranging from Fortune 500 global corporations to enterprising start-up ventures.

    Our team of communications professionals specializes in issues & crisis management and has extensive experience with representing clients in a broad range of public issues that can impact their most valued asset – their brand.

    Our advocacy helps clients respond to media inquiries, congressional investigations, regulatory concerns, proactive campaigns, management changes, and interactions with non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

    Whether it’s directed at shareholders, customers, regulators, business partners, opinion leaders, or employees, our firm understands that the most effective client advocacy often extends beyond the courtroom – and into the court of public opinion.

    REPRESENTATIVE PR MATTERS

    • The firm currently represents a Fortune 500 company in an environmental lawsuit that seeks more than $1 billion in damages. Central to the firm’s advocacy is its management of public relations issues and regulatory concerns involving the company. The firm represents the company in dealings with the local and national financial media, regulators, community organizations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) – helping the company navigate reputational issues, establish public goodwill, and protect its most valued asset, its brand.
    • For the same Fortune 500 company, the firm successfully directed a communications strategy that ended more than three years of public and regulatory opposition to a hazardous waste permit. The firm engaged political leaders, directed town hall meetings, managed media relations, and oversaw communications with local regulators to help the company secure the permit amendment – and save almost $2 million annually in its waste treatment costs.
    • The firm currently manages public relations in connection with one of the most celebrated real estate projects in New York City – the transformation of the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx. The firm has helped engineer a grassroots and media relations strategy to help the developer confront and overcome political opposition, gain approval from the New York City Council, and ultimately help ensure the successful undertaking of this historic project.
    • The firm successfully represented a major university in connection with a congressional inquiry relating to its compensation policies. Working with congressional staffers, senior levels of the university administration, and Tier I media outlets like The New York Times, the firm successfully resolved the inquiry and helped the university neutralize public backlash. By doing so, the firm assisted in protecting the global brand of the institution; restoring the confidence of faculty, alumni, and donors; and positioning the university favorably with key stakeholders.
    • The firm managed a media and public relations campaign for the high-profile takeover of a chain-managed hotel property in Hawaii. The campaign involved local, regional, and national media, and allowed the hotel owner to control the narrative in one of the most high-profile disputes in the hospitality industry. By directing key communications and engaging with the press, the firm was able to effectively position the hotel owner with employees, vendors, customers, and investors. Under a new name, the hotel emerged as a viable asset – and became recognized as one of the most prominent resorts in the local marketplace.
    • The firm represented a leading defendant in connection with the New York Attorney General’s highly-publicized investigation and prosecution of allegations of corruption in the Office of the New York Comptroller and the New York State Common Retirement System. The firm directed a national media relations effort that neutralized public attacks and helped our client restore his good name. The strategy allowed our client to emerge from a public relations crisis and continue his involvement in a wide range of business and philanthropic interests.
    • Under the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the firm has engineered a wide range of advocacy campaigns to give a voice to Latino voters and other communities of interest challenging discriminatory electoral schemes. The firm’s courtroom and public advocacy has resulted in sweeping change to voting schemes across Texas – and informed electoral bodies across the nation.
    • The fight for survival of Jim’s Shoe Repair became a closely-followed campaign – emblematic of the struggle faced by small businesses swept away in the “corporatization” of New York City. Faced with losing its 1,000-square-foot shop in Midtown to accommodate the expansion of Duane Reade, located next door, Jim’s engaged the firm to engineer a public advocacy campaign to help save the business. A grassroots petition drive, a high-profile PR campaign, and a social media effort generated a wave of public support – allowing the business to successfully challenge eviction and secure a new lease agreement for the location it has called home for almost 70 years. Using this issue as a case study, elected officials have now introduced New York City regulations aimed at protecting tens of thousands of small businesses.
    • The firm represented an enterprising start-up in the ride-sharing industry – a multi-purpose platform that is taking the on-demand economy by storm. The firm coordinated a communications and public outreach strategy in connection with key regulatory filings, to generate buzz and public awareness, and support the company’s business goals.

INNOVATIONS

  • Litigation Consulting Group

    Our in-house litigation consultants are qualified to work with lawyers in complex litigation and dispute resolution matters. The firm’s Consulting Group is comprised of consultants recruited from a variety of disciplines, including finance, accounting, information technology, and economics.

    The Consulting Group provides invaluable expertise, perspective, and insight into the analysis of each client’s circumstances. Because the firm’s consultants are part of the professional team involved in each client matter from the very beginning, they are able to efficiently influence and improve the strategic and substantive development of the case throughout the entire advocacy process.

  • State-of-the-Art Technology

    The firm has an internal document management system in order to index, abstract, and analyze large volumes of information and case-related files. The firm utilizes a captive, offshore facility to populate the document management database.

    To ensure quality control and timeliness of deliverables, the firm’s in-house document management experts conduct regular teleconferences with the offshore facility. The offshore staff is comprised of attorneys and other professionals who provide their time and services at lower billing rates.

    Corporate clients pay less than half of what they would otherwise be charged for comparable services in the United States.

  • Value-Based Billing

    Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors has been an innovator in developing new ways of pricing legal services to promote greater accountability, predictability, and efficiency. The firm will, on occasion, offer fee structures that are unique among law firms providing dispute resolution services to major corporations and commercial enterprises in the most significant cases.

    Partner William Brewer earned widespread acclaim in the early 1990s for his promotion of innovative alternative fee arrangements (AFAs). The firm has long believed that law firms should be compensated based upon results, not just the number of hours worked. Value-based billing can be structured to define the goals of the engagement, allow the client to manage and predict costs, and incentivize the firm – making the firm and client partners in the litigation process.

    In a speech at the 1992 American Bar Association Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. and later reprinted in Vital Speeches, “The Breakdown of the Monopoly of the Bar Card,” dated March 1, 1993, Brewer commented, “The demise of the hourly system was inevitable. Clients distrust the billing methods of lawyers who bill by the hour, and with good reason…. Corporate clients are doing what anyone should expect a business to do: They are responding by initiating changes that make bottom-line business sense, and getting out from under what has been a frustrating relationship with outside counsel…. Legal services are a means to an end. Clients ultimately want results and – not surprisingly – they do not want to pay excessive legal fees to obtain those results. Clients seek predictability, accountability, and productivity.”

    While the firm handles many cases on a strict hourly fee arrangement, it will continue to explore and offer value-based billing options. These pricing arrangements are often an attractive option for clients involved in complex commercial litigation.

  • Investigative Unit

    Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors also formed its own in-house investigation unit. This unit has included professionals recruited from leading law enforcement organizations and private investigation firms.

    The investigation unit utilizes a network of worldwide resources, computerized technology, and other capabilities to provide research and analysis that supports the firm’s legal strategies. Working in the firm’s Dallas and New York offices, these investigation professionals provide Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors with a strategic advantage – the ability to prepare for bet-the-business cases by utilizing an advanced and more intensive level of research and case analysis.

    The collaborative environment of attorneys and professional investigators working together directly supports the firm’s commitment to advocacy in behalf of its clients.

  • Public Relations Expertise

    Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors is unique among its competitors in that it has an in-house Public Relations Unit. The firm’s clients are often judged in the court of public opinion. Indeed, even in formal litigation, winning in the courtroom may not be enough in today’s business and regulatory environment.

    The firm’s communications and public relations professionals assist clients in navigating internal and external communications challenges. By doing so, the firm helps its clients manage crisis events and capitalize on positive, image-building media opportunities. The firm also often assists in directing the management and coordination of activities taking place in the legislative arena.

FIRM LEADERSHIP
William A. Brewer III
William A. Brewer III
Partner
William A. Brewer III is a founding partner of Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors. Since co-founding the firm in 1984, Mr. Brewer has earned a reputation as one of the most creative and successful lawyers in the United States practicing extensively in the field of complex commercial litigation.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Under Mr. Brewer’s direction, Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors specializes in assisting clients faced with matters that involve substantial financial or business exposure, cutting-edge legal issues, or significant public policy questions. The practice is not confined to particular areas of the law, but to the art of advocacy on behalf of its clients. As a result, Mr. Brewer and the firm have gained national attention for their handling of matters in a variety of fields, including commercial litigation, insurance, environmental law, antitrust, intellectual property, hospitality, securities, and more. The firm is organized around a singular goal – to achieve consistently higher than expected outcomes for clients while managing their advocacy needs in all forums, including in courts and arbitration centers, before regulatory bodies, in legislative arenas, and in all public forums.

    In order to support the firm’s global practice, Mr. Brewer pioneered the utilization of offshore professionals and paraprofessionals to reduce the costs associated with high-stakes litigation services. He has earned national acclaim for the firm’s in-house Consulting Group, Investigation Unit, and Issues & Crisis Management practice group – all innovations that work in concert in handling high-stakes advocacy.

    Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Mr. Brewer received his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from St. John’s University in 1974, followed in 1977 by his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Albany Law School of Union University. Thereafter, Mr. Brewer attended New York University School of Law, where he received a master of laws degree in trade regulation in 1978. Mr. Brewer is admitted to practice in Texas and New York, as well as a number of federal district courts and the Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Federal Circuits.

  • AWARDS, ACCOLADES AND RECOGNITION

    Mr. Brewer is annually recognized in Dallas and New York, and throughout the United States, as one of the top lawyers practicing in the complex commercial litigation arena.

    Mr. Brewer is chairman of the Brewer Foundation and the Brewer Storefront, the firm’s public interest law firm. Mr. Brewer is the founder of the Brewer Foundation/NYU International Public Policy Forum and the Future Leaders Program.

    In recognition of his philanthropic efforts, he has received the President’s Award from the Puerto Rican Bar Association, the “Communicator of the Year” award from the National Speech & Debate Association, and the “Hero for Children” award from the Texas State Board of Education, among many other awards. He serves on numerous boards, including New York University, Albany Law School, and Paul Quinn College.

  • EDUCATION

    L.L.M., New York University, 1978

    J.D., cum laude, Albany Law School, 1977

    B.A., cum laude, St. John’s University, 1974

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    New York

    Texas

    Northern District of Texas

    Eastern District of Texas

    Western District of Texas

    Eastern District of Michigan

    Southern District of New York

    District of Connecticut

    District of Columbia

    U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Federal Circuits

  • Contact
Michael Collins
Michael J. Collins
Partner
Michael J. Collins is a partner in the firm’s Dallas office, and a member of the firm’s three-member executive management committee. His practice focuses on handling complex commercial disputes and, when appropriate, providing strategic alternatives and creative solutions to litigation to protect his clients’ legal and business interests nationally and internationally.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    From May 1984 to May 1986, Mr. Collins was law clerk to the Honorable James T. Moody, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana. From May 1986 to August 1987, he was a staff attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. From 1987 to June 1988, he was law clerk to the Honorable Steven A. Felsenthal, United States bankruptcy judge for the Northern District of Texas.

    Mr. Collins received his Juris Doctor degree with honors from Indiana University School of Law in 1984. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, in finance from Boston College. Mr. Collins is admitted to practice in Texas and Illinois.

  • AWARDS, ACCOLADES AND RECOGNITION

    Mr. Collins has been named by Texas Super Lawyers magazine, published by Thomson Reuters, as one of the top attorneys in Texas consecutively from 2004-2015. He is instrumentally involved in the Brewer Foundation and the Brewer Storefront, the community-service affiliate of the firm’s national practice.

  • EDUCATION

    J.D., cum laude, Indiana University School of Law, 1984

    B.S. in finance, magna cum laude, Boston College, 1981

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    Illinois

    Texas

  • Contact
Michael L. Smith
Michael L. Smith
Partner
Michael L. Smith is a partner in the firm’s New York office. Mr. Smith represents clients in matters involving real estate, bankruptcy, intellectual property matters, trade secret misappropriation, hospitality law, corporate securities fraud litigation, white collar securities fraud defense, and various contract disputes.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Mr. Smith received his Bachelor of Arts degree in finance from the University of Utah in August 1997. In May 2000, he received his Juris Doctor degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law.

  • AWARDS, ACCOLADES AND RECOGNITION

    Mr. Smith has been named by Texas Super Lawyers magazine, published by Thomson Reuters, a “Texas Rising Star” for 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, and 2011. He was also named one of “The Best Lawyers Under 40 in Dallas” by D Magazine in 2006.

  • EDUCATION

    J.D., Southern Methodist University School of Law, 2000

    B.A. in finance, University of Utah, 1997

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    Texas

    New York

  • Contact
Stephanie Gase
Stephanie Gase
Partner
Stephanie Gase is a partner in the firm's Dallas office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    She has focused her practice on a variety of complex commercial matters, with experience in contractual disputes, breach of fiduciary duties, fraud, securities law violations, bankruptcy, and environmental matters.

    Ms. Gase received her Juris Doctor degree with honors from The University of Texas School of Law in 2007, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in government from Claremont McKenna College in 2004. While in law school, Ms. Gase completed an internship with the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska under the Honorable Laurie Smith-Camp, and was elected to the Order of Barristers and the Board of Advocates. Ms. Gase was also a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) and Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) mock trial competition teams.

    Prior to joining Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors, Ms. Gase practiced in New York as an associate with the firms of Leader & Berkon LLP and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP.

  • EDUCATION

    J.D., with honors, The University of Texas School of Law, 2007

    B.A. in government, Claremont McKenna College, 2004

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    Texas

    New York

    Nebraska

    United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

  • Contact
Sarah Rogers
Sarah Rogers
Partner
Sarah Rogers is a partner in the New York office of Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors. Her practice focuses on complex commercial, securities, and insolvency-related litigation and regulatory matters.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Ms. Rogers received her Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School in 2008, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations from Dartmouth College in 2005. At Columbia, she served as a Staff Editor of the Journal of Transnational Law and was recognized as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

    Before joining Brewer, Attorneys and Counselors, Ms. Rogers was an associate at Latham & Watkins LLP, where she represented clients in state, federal and bankruptcy court in a wide variety of cases. She also worked in-house for Philip Morris International, managing litigation and regulatory concerns in the Americas.

    Ms. Rogers’s representative matters include:

    • Representation of Caesars Acquisition Corp. in connection with the Caesars bankruptcy;
    • Representation of bondholders and administrative agents in various bankruptcy proceedings;
    • Representation of an international investment bank in connection with government investigations, bondholder class actions, and other matters relating to residential mortgage-backed securities;
    • Representation of senior executives of multiple global financial institutions in federal, state and regulatory investigations concerning potential violations of U.S. sanctions laws; and
    • Representation of Ernst & Young in disputes concerning tax strategies.

  • EDUCATION

    J.D., Columbia Law School, 2008

    B.A. in International Relations, Dartmouth College, 2005

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    New York

    United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

    United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York

  • Contact

PROFESSIONALS

Andrew G. Affa
Consulting Director
Andrew Affa is a consulting director (non-attorney) in Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors’ New York office, where he conducts business and financial analysis for corporate litigation matters.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Mr. Affa began his career on Wall Street in 1977, with the investment banking firm of Dillon, Read & Co. Inc., as a financial analyst in the Government and Mortgage Backed Trading Department. In 1981, he joined the American Stock Exchange as the budget director. In 1984, Mr. Affa joined the Marketing Division, where he was responsible for new business development both domestically and in Canada. In 1990, he accepted a position with Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors, directing business and financial analysis for corporate litigation matters. In 1991, he accepted a position at Salomon Smith Barney as a portfolio manager. From 1999 to 2005, he was a portfolio manager at UBS Financial Services. Mr. Affa returned to the firm in 2005.

    Mr. Affa received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1973, followed in 1977 by his master’s in economics. In 1985, he received his M.B.A. in finance from St. John’s University.

    Mr. Affa is a past member of the board of managers of the Glen Cove YMCA. He is a past member of St. Frances Parish Finance Committee, a past member of the development committee of the American Heart Association, and a former chairman of the Budget Advisory Committee for Wantagh Public Schools. He has been a panel member at investment conferences regarding activist investing and hedge funds.

  • EDUCATION

    M.B.A. in finance, St. John’s University, 1985

    M.A. in economics, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1977

    B.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1973

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Timothy H. Birnbaum
Senior Associate
Tim Birnbaum is a senior associate in the firm’s New York office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    His practice focuses on complex securities and commercial litigation and regulatory matters. He has also led internal investigations and responded to government inquiries arising from alleged violations of banking, securities and various other laws and investigations.

    Mr. Birnbaum received his Juris Doctor degree from Cornell Law School in 2008, and his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. At Cornell, he served as a Managing Editor of the Legal Information Institute Supreme Court Bulletin.

    Before joining the firm, Mr. Birnbaum was an associate at DLA Piper LLP, where he represented clients in state and federal court in a wide variety of cases.

    Mr. Birnbaum’s representative matters include:

    • Representation of a global airline in complex commercial class action litigation;
    • Representation of a medical device manufacturer in a regulatory inquiry of alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act;
    • Representation of public corporations, board members, senior executives and underwriters in various securities class actions, derivative litigations and regulatory investigations; and
    • Representation of a senior executive in a criminal investigation related to alleged public corruption.
  • EDUCATION

    J.D., Cornell Law School, 2008

    B.A. in History (with departmental honors), University of Pennsylvania, 2003

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    New York

    United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

    United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York

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Holly K. Carless
Manager, Public Affairs
Holly K. Carless is a Manager of Public Affairs in the Dallas office of Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    In this role, Ms. Carless develops and helps execute public relations, crisis management, and political strategies to advance the interests of the firm and its clients. Before joining Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors, Ms. Carless worked as the governmental affairs liaison for the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL), where she directed legislative and public affairs at both the state and federal level. Ms. Carless was a registered lobbyist in several states, including Texas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, California, Montana, Louisiana and West Virginia.

    Prior to her time with the AAPL, Ms. Carless served as a director of public affairs for Wilks Brothers, LLC. She directed all media and public relations for the family, the “Undercover Billionaires of the Forbes 400,” and several of its business enterprises. Notably, she directed public advocacy in connection with a public policy campaign and land use and property rights lawsuit for an airfield in Cisco, Texas. Ms. Carless also served as a director to the Wilks’ foundations and philanthropic efforts.

    Ms. Carless’ interest in public affairs stems from her past work with the Mayoral Office of The City of Fort Worth, The City of Dallas, The Massachusetts Democratic Party, and Blue Cross Blue Shield.

    Ms. Carless has received various professional awards recognizing her work in communications and public affairs. In 2014, The Fort Worth Business Press recognized Ms. Carless with the “Fort Worth Forty Under Forty” award.

    Ms. Carless is active in a broad array of community activities, and currently serves on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tarrant County. She is a member of the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of the World Affairs Council, The Daniel Webster Society, Professional Advocacy Association of Texas, and the Association of Government Relations Professionals. She has served on the board of the North Texas Chapter of the Women’s Energy Network and has served with the Lands and Royalties Committee for the Independent Petroleum Association of America.

    Ms. Carless received a Bachelor of Science in Communications Studies from the Bob Schieffer College of Communication at Texas Christian University with a minor in political science. She later attended Harvard University in pursuit of a Masters of Arts in Government at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. She is currently working on her postgraduate thesis, which analyzes the recognition of public and political rights for women in American literature.

  • EDUCATION

    B.S. in Communications Studies, Texas Christian University, 2005

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Travis J. Carter
Managing Director, Public Affairs
Travis J. Carter is Managing Director of Public Affairs (non-attorney) for Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Since 2001, Mr. Carter has managed public relations for the firm and, in many cases, the clients it represents. As director of a practice group that specializes in issues and crisis management, Mr. Carter has successfully managed a wide range of communications challenges and opportunities, including legal and regulatory concerns, crisis events, and pro-active campaigns. He has been recognized as among the first communication professionals countrywide to begin an in-house public relations practice at a national litigation firm.

    Mr. Carter also manages media relations and public advocacy for the Brewer Storefront, the firm’s community-service affiliate, and serves as executive director of the Brewer Foundation. He helps oversee the Brewer Foundation’s Future Leaders Program and the Brewer Foundation/New York University International Public Policy Forum.

    Before he joined Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors, Mr. Carter worked as a corporate relations manager with Allstate Insurance Company. He directed regional communications and spent time working at Allstate’s corporate headquarters near Chicago, where he managed media relations and served as a communications manager for the company’s National Catastrophe Team. Prior to Allstate, Mr. Carter worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, where he began his public relations career after working in the print news media.

    Mr. Carter has won numerous professional awards recognizing his work in strategic communications. His PR campaigns have been featured in “Top 100 Case Studies in PR,” annually published by PR News. He has been awarded a “Silver Quill” from the International Association of Business Communicators, and was named an overall winner in the Legal PR Awards, one of the industry’s premier national honors. The Dallas Business Journal has previously recognized Mr. Carter as among the top 40 business professionals in the Dallas-Fort Worth area under 40 years of age, and he has been named by PR News as “One of 15 to Watch” on the national PR scene.

    Mr. Carter is active in a broad array of philanthropic activities. In addition to his involvement with the Brewer Foundation, he is a former board member for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Northeast Texas Chapter, and is the former chairman of Shakespeare Dallas. In 2006 and 2008, Mr. Carter was recognized by North Texas Business for Culture and the Arts with an Obelisk Award, an honor recognizing outstanding community leadership.

    Mr. Carter, who received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The University of Oklahoma, holds an MBA from the University of Dallas. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the International Association of Business Communicators, the Public Relations Society of America, and the Dallas Press Club.

  • EDUCATION

    M.B.A., The University of Dallas, 2002

    B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communications, The University of Oklahoma, 1993

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John Dillon
Associate
John Dillon is an associate in Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors’ New York office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    In 2010, Mr. Dillon received a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from Texas Tech University. In 2015, Mr. Dillon received a Juris Doctor degree from Albany Law School.

    While at Albany Law School, Mr. Dillon worked as an intern for the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office in New York, in both the Criminal Appeals and Economic Frauds & Rackets Bureaus. Mr. Dillon actively participated in all phases of criminal prosecution in the Onondaga County Criminal Court. In addition, Mr. Dillon assisted Onondaga County District Attorney William J. Fitzpatrick with various projects, including New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Commission to Investigate Public Corruption under the Moreland Act.

  • EDUCATION

    J.D., Albany Law School, 2015

    B.B.A. in Marketing, Texas Tech University, 2010

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    New York

    United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

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Susan C. Dillon
Consulting Director
Susan Dillon serves as a consulting director (non-attorney) in Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors’ Dallas office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Ms. Dillon is a Certified Public Accountant with more than 18 years of accounting, financial, and litigation consulting experience. Since 2001, Ms. Dillon has been part of the Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors consulting practice and has worked on a variety of litigation matters and disputes, including intellectual property (patent and trade secret), antitrust claims, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and SEC regulatory reporting and tax issues. She has extensive financial and damage analysis expertise in the following industries: hospitality, technology development, sports and leisure, trusts, investments, and insurance. Ms. Dillon employs causation analysis, forensic accounting, and financial modeling to develop and critique damage models.

    Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Dillon was a Director of Consulting at Veris Consulting in Reston, Virginia, where she was responsible for providing litigation expert services to regulators and attorneys regarding forensic accounting, auditing, and damage issues. Ms. Dillon also worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she was responsible for audits and business/litigation consulting. Ms. Dillon worked on engagements for TIG Insurance Company, Exxon, Texas Workers’ Compensation Facility Carriers (Aetna, Wausau, Travelers, Cigna, and Liberty Mutual), and Nations Bank.

    Ms. Dillon also served as Vice President and Director of Finance for a workers’ compensation division of Kemper Insurance Company, and was an Assistant Vice President at TIG Insurance Company. Ms. Dillon was responsible for financial reporting, accounting oversight, planning, budgeting, systems analysis, and management of outsourcing contracts.

    Ms. Dillon received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southern Methodist University in 1991, where she received a full academic scholarship and graduated cum laude. She was a member of several honor societies, including Beta Alpha Psi, Beta Gamma Sigma, and the Golden Key National Honor Society.

    Ms. Dillon is a CPA licensed in the State of Texas. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

    Ms. Dillon was recently awarded the Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) Credential by AICPA.

  • EDUCATION

    B.A., cum laude, in accounting, Southern Methodist University, 1991

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Diamond Drayton
Case Manager
Diamond Drayton is a case manager in Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors’ Dallas office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    In 2016, Ms. Drayton graduated from Colby College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and African American Studies.

    She previously worked for the firm as an intern in 2014 and 2015.

    In spring 2015, Ms. Drayton studied at the University of Salamanca (Universidad de Salamanca) in Spain. Also in 2015, Ms. Drayton traveled with The Batey Foundation to the Dominican Republic to help build community infrastructure.

    At Colby, Ms. Drayton was a Ralph J. Bunche Scholar. Ms. Drayton also received the 2016 Anna Julia Cooper and W.E.B. Du Bois Distinguished Scholarship Award and the 2016 Eitan Shalom Green Award.

    As a high school student, Ms. Drayton was a Brewer Foundation Future Leaders Program (FLP) scholar.

  • EDUCATION

    B.A. in Anthropology and African American Studies, Colby College, 2016

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Joey Dunnigan
Consultant
Joey Dunnigan is a consultant in Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors’ Dallas office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Mr. Dunnigan has experience working in a microbiology and biochemistry laboratory setting, and also has conducted independent lab research.

    Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Dunnigan worked as a water treatment operator at the John F. Kubala and Pierce-Burch Water Treatment Plants for the City of Arlington, Texas.

    Mr. Dunnigan holds a Texas class “C” water license. He is a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) microbiological contamination committee.

    Mr. Dunnigan is also a member of the American Chemical Society.

    He also previously worked as a lead technician for an analytical food laboratory, and as a quality control chemist at a fertilizer and pesticides production facility.

    Mr. Dunnigan received a bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Dubuque in 2009, with a focus on microbiology and chemistry.

    Mr. Dunnigan served in the United States Army Reserve as a combat military police officer from 2000-2008. During this time, he served in Iraq from 2003-2004, and in 2007-2008. His primary duties included combat support, law and order, VIP security, and the training and development of Iraqi police. He has received military service awards and medals.

    At the University of Dubuque, he was involved in the Student Government Association and the Mu Sigma Beta fraternity. He also was on the Dean’s List in 2003-2004 and 2004-2005.

  • EDUCATION

    Bachelor of Science, biology, University of Dubuque, 2009

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Jared Durham
Investigator
Jared Durham is an investigator in the Dallas office of Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Before joining the firm, Mr. Durham worked as a due diligence investigator for Fidelity Investments. He also previously worked for six years as a law enforcement officer and investigator specializing in white-collar crime. In that capacity, Mr. Durham conducted interviews with witnesses and suspects, drafted and executed subpoenas, and investigated a wide range of cases.

    Mr. Durham also previously worked as a detective with the Texarkana (Arkansas) Police Department, during which time he was appointed to a Department of Homeland Security Investigations task force where he assisted with federal investigations.

    Mr. Durham received a bachelor of arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2012. He received a master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2014. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Business/Organizational Psychology.

  • EDUCATION

    M.A. in Forensic Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2014

    B.A. in Criminal Justice, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2012

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Brad Ehrlichman
Associate
Brad Ehrlichman is an associate in Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors’ New York office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Mr. Ehrlichman has focused his practice on complex commercial matters, and has experience in international arbitration, contract disputes, mass torts and securities litigation.

    Mr. Ehrlichman received his Juris Doctor degree in 2010 from Columbia Law School, where he was also a James Kent Scholar. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Languages from Boston University in 2004.

    While in law school, Mr. Ehrlichman completed an internship with Judge Robert A. Katzmann and then-Judge Sonia Sotomayor on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. After graduating, he clerked for the Honorable Norma Shapiro, Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

    He wrote an article in 2011 titled “In This Corner: An Analysis of Federal Boxing Legislation,” published in the Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts.

    Prior to joining Brewer, Mr. Ehrlichman practiced in Washington, D.C. as an associate with Williams & Connolly and in New York as an associate with Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart & Sullivan.

  • EDUCATION

    J.D., Columbia Law School, 2010

    B.A. in Foreign Languages, Boston University, 2004

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    New York

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Jose A. Fernandez
Associate
Jose A. Fernandez is an associate in Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors’ New York office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Mr. Fernandez has experience in federal and complex commercial litigation.

    He received a Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law in 2014, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Florida International University in 2011.

    Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Fernandez served as a law clerk to the Honorable Eileen Bransten, J.S.C., in the Commercial Division of New York State Supreme Court. Mr. Fernandez also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Claire C. Cecchi, United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey, from 2014 to 2015.

    During law school, Mr. Fernandez worked as an intern at Morgan Stanley and served as a prosecution intern at the Queens County District Attorney’s Office.

  • EDUCATION

    J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 2014

    B.A. in History, cum laude, Florida International University, 2011

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    New York

    New Jersey

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Sean Fitzpatrick
Analyst
Sean Fitzpatrick is an analyst in Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors’ New York office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Mr. Fitzpatrick received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Colby College in 2016, where he also studied Managerial Economics and played lacrosse.

    He previously interned with Northwestern Mutual as a Financial Representative, with Direct Swap as an analyst, and with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation as a fundraiser and event coordinator.

  • EDUCATION

    B.A. in History, Colby College, 2016

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Dale Fresch
Associate
Dale Fresch is an associate in Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors’ Dallas office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Prior to joining Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors, Mr. Fresch served as the Chief Compliance Officer of a Dallas-based financial services company. He provided counsel on how to navigate the various state and federal regulatory schemes governing the company’s multi-state operations, and also formed defense and resolution strategies for high-profile lawsuits.

    Most recently, he oversaw the corporate response to an on-site examination of the company’s operations by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Prior to that, Mr. Fresch provided legal and tax advice to local businesses at a boutique business law firm in Dallas.

    In 2013, Mr. Fresch received his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. While at SMU Dedman, Mr. Fresch served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Air Law & Commerce and was awarded the first annual Texas Aviation and Space Lawyers Scholarship. Mr. Fresch also served as a student attorney in the school’s Consumer Advocacy Clinic and completed a judicial externship under the Honorable Terry R. Means, Senior United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Texas.

    Mr. Fresch received bachelor of arts degrees in writing and film from Purdue University in 2003, after which he spent six-and-a-half years as a producer, executive producer, and news operations manager at various television stations across the country.

  • EDUCATION

    J.D., cum laude, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2013

    B.A., Writing and Film, Purdue University, 2003

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    Texas

    United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas

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Katherine Garland
Staff Professional
Katherine Garland is a staff professional in the New York office of Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Garland served as a legal intern for the Community Service Society of New York’s Health Initiatives Department, Equip for Equality’s Civil Rights Team, and for the St. Joseph County Public Defender’s Office.

    In 2017, Ms. Garland received her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from University of Notre Dame Law School. While in law school, Ms. Garland served as a Notes and Submissions Editor for the Notre Dame Law Review.

    Prior to law school, Ms. Garland worked as a paralegal. In 2008, Ms. Garland received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Screen Arts and Cultures from the University of Michigan.

  • EDUCATION

    J.D., cum laude, University of Notre Dame Law School, 2017

    B.A. in Screen Arts and Cultures, University of Michigan, 2008

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Gavin Hamilton
Manager, Public Affairs
Gavin Hamilton is a Manager of Public Affairs in the New York office of Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Mr. Hamilton develops and executes strategies in public relations and crisis management advancing the interests of the firm and its clients. These include Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs, and leading organizations in hospitality and finance.

    Mr. Hamilton's work with the firm extends to projects involving the Brewer Storefront, the legal public service affiliate of the firm, and the Brewer Foundation.

    Prior to joining the firm in the spring of 2017, Mr. Hamilton worked in the media industry, serving as a producer, editor and reporter for top networks, including Fox News Channel, Bloomberg, CBS, and the Tribune Media group. He contributed to reporting on major breaking news stories involving issues of law, business, politics, and public policy. He has experience working with chief executive officers, investors, elected officials, and political pundits across the globe. Notably, he worked extensively with Bloomberg on its BProud campaign celebrating LGBTQ awareness month and its "Progress on Poverty" initiative, led by Michael Bloomberg and Bill Gates.

    Mr. Hamilton holds a bachelor's degree in Geography and Communications from Southern Illinois University.

  • EDUCATION

    B.A. in Geography and Communications, Southern Illinois University, 2005

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Matthew Harrison
Consultant
Matthew Harrison is a consultant (non-attorney) in Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors’ New York office, where he conducts financial and economic analysis on various matters related to hospitality, intellectual property infringement, breach of contract, and environmental damage.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Mr. Harrison first joined the firm as a junior consultant in 2008, after graduating from Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance.

    After three years with the firm, Mr. Harrison returned to graduate school to pursue an MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business, where he graduated in 2013 with a focus on finance, strategy, and entrepreneurship. While pursuing his studies, Mr. Harrison consulted with a number of technology-focused startup companies on issues related to opportunity assessment, business model generation, marketing, and fund raising. He also spent a summer working with the new media and innovation division of a leading advertising agency, developing marketing and media strategies for global clients and partnering with startup companies to explore emerging media opportunities.

    Upon receiving his MBA, Mr. Harrison returned to Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors to rejoin the consulting group.

  • EDUCATION

    M.B.A., New York University, 2013

    B.S. Business Administration, Boston University, 2008

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Maxwell Herman
Associate
Maxwell Herman is an associate in Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors’ New York office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Mr. Herman has experience in federal and complex litigation.

    He received a Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law in 2014. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics from Lehigh University in 2011, summa cum laude.

    In 2014, Mr. Herman served as law clerk to the Honorable Claire C. Cecchi, United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey. After completing his clerkship, Mr. Herman went on to serve as law clerk to the Honorable Jessica R. Mayer, Superior Court of New Jersey, Multicounty Litigation Assignment (Mass Tort).

    Mr. Herman also worked at a corporate insolvency boutique and at Fordham’s Securities Litigation and Arbitration Clinic.

    During law school, Mr. Herman interned for the Honorable James C. Francis, United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York. In 2013, Mr. Herman placed first in the William M. Tendy Federal Trial Advocacy Competition.

  • EDUCATION

    J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 2014

    B.A., in Classics, summa cum laude, Lehigh University, 2011

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    New York

    New Jersey

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Carlos Hill
Consultant
Carlos Hill is a consultant in Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors’ Dallas office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Mr. Hill previously worked at an oil and gas services company as an internal consultant. In that position, he served in various departments, including supply chain management, finance, marketing and logistics.

    In 2008, Mr. Hill joined Kaplan as a Graduate Program Instructor. He lectured across New York City at universities, investment banks, and corporations to audiences from various professions, including finance, banking, consulting, and law.

    Mr. Hill began his career as a Civil Designer at Toll Brothers luxury home builder, near Philadelphia. He worked with teams of engineers, designers, landscape architects and surveyors to build neighborhoods across the United States. In that position, he and his team designed storm swales, streets, drainage basins, and pipelines around watershed areas.

    Mr. Hill received his MBA in operations and finance from The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business in 2013. While at the university, he studied operations, finance, valuation, economics, analytics, optimization, supply chain and business modeling. He was also elected as Cohort Representative and Vice President of Finance of the Graduate Business Council.

    He received his bachelor of science degree in environmental engineering from Cornell University in 2006. He also played football at Cornell, where he earned All-Ivy honors.

    Mr. Hill also has certificates in Six Sigma, Microsoft Excel and SQL.

  • EDUCATION

    MBA, The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, 2013

    B.S. in Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, 2006

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Jessica Huse
Staff Professional
Jessica Huse is a staff professional in the New York office of Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Ms. Huse received her Juris Doctor in 2017 from Fordham University School of Law. At Fordham, she appeared on the Dean’s List from 2015 to 2017. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, cum laude, from New York University in 2013, with a minor in Political Science.

    While in law school, Ms. Huse served as a Notes & Articles Editor on the Fordham Environmental Law Review and as the Associate Editor of the Dispute Resolution Society.

    Ms. Huse also competed at the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in 2015-2016. She also interned at The Family Center, a non-profit organization in New York.

  • EDUCATION

    J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 2017

    B.A., in Psychology, cum laude, New York University, 2013

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Erik Jacobson
Associate
Erik Jacobson is an associate in the Dallas office of Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Jacobson served for one year as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Alia Moses, United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas. He also served for two years as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Walter S. Smith, Jr., United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas.

    Mr. Jacobson received his Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2014. During law school, he served as an Articles Editor for the Texas Tech Law Review and as a member of the Board of Barristers.

    Mr. Jacobson received his Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2011 and subsequently obtained licensure as a Registered Nurse.

  • EDUCATION

    J.D., magna cum laude, Texas Tech University School of Law, 2014

    B.S. in Nursing, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 2011

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    Texas

    United States District Court for the Western District of Texas

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Christopher Jaynes
Associate
Christopher Jaynes is an associate in the Dallas office of Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Jaynes served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Evelyn J. Furse, United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Utah.

    Mr. Jaynes received his Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law in 2016. While at NYU, he served as an Articles Editor for the Environmental Law Journal and participated in the Environmental and Employment Law Clinics.

    Mr. Jaynes received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from The University of Texas at Austin in 2012.

  • EDUCATION

    J.D., New York University School of Law, 2016

    B.S. in Biology, The University of Texas at Austin, 2012

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    California

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Beth Landes
Associate
Beth Landes is an associate in Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors’ New York office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Landes developed extensive experience in complex civil litigation. She has represented clients in antitrust, securities, and copyright matters in state and federal courts throughout the country.

    Ms. Landes received her Juris Doctor degree from Duke University School of Law in 2010. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy, cum laude, from Connecticut College in 2005.

    In 2014, Ms. Landes was named a “Rising Star” by New York Metro Super Lawyers, published by Thomson Reuters.

    Ms. Landes volunteers as pro bono counsel to The Wendy Walk, a non-profit organization that funds innovative cross-border research to study and treat rare sarcoma cancers.

  • EDUCATION

    J.D., Duke University School of Law, 2010

    B.A. in philosophy, cum laude, Connecticut College, 2005

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    New York

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Carrie Liu
Consultant
Carrie Liu is a consultant in Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors' New York office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Ms. Liu previously worked as a senior consultant with the Deloitte office in Shanghai, China in the International Tax and Mergers and Acquisitions Group. She joined Deloitte in 2011 and provided business strategy, data analytics and regulatory research to multi-national companies. She also conducted sensitivity analysis, financial modeling and valuation for clients' financial transformation projects.

    In 2016, Ms. Liu worked at the International Finance Corporation as a student consultant in Washington, D.C. assisting in research and change management. She also worked as a summer intern on a financial transformation and valuation project at a New York City-based start-up.

    Ms. Liu received her MBA degree from the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business in 2017. As a student, she was part of the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society, received a Dean's Citation Award for Service and was a Forte Fellow. At Georgetown, she studied accounting, finance, valuation, strategy, economics, data analytics, law and marketing.

    Ms. Liu received her bachelor of economics degree in finance from Fudan University in Shanghai in 2011. She is a Certified Public Accountant in China.

  • EDUCATION

    MBA, Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business, 2017

    B.Eco. in Finance, Fudan University, 2011

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Dylan Mefford
Associate
Dylan Mefford is an associate in Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors’ Dallas office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Mr. Mefford has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation, with a focus on transnational litigation and developing offensive actions, including racketeering and fraud claims.

    Mr. Mefford received a Juris Doctor Degree, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School in 2009. He received a Master of Arts in sociology from Stanford University in 2005, and a Bachelor of Arts in political science, with departmental honors, from Stanford University in 2005.

    Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Mefford was an associate at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he represented clients in a wide variety of cases. Mr. Mefford was part of a team that represented Chevron in defeating the recognition and enforcement of a $19 billion Ecuadorian judgment procured by fraud that The Wall Street Journal called the “legal fraud of the century.”

    In this and other matters, Mr. Mefford developed expertise in numerous areas of transnational litigation. His experience includes seeking and defending against the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments, establishing and defeating personal jurisdiction, obtaining and defending against cross-border discovery under 28 U.S.C. § 1782, overcoming the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, and defending claims under the Alien Tort Statute.

    In offensive actions, Mr. Mefford has helped develop and pursue claims under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”). His work has included claims premised on mail fraud, wire fraud, extortion, money laundering, witness tampering, and obstruction of justice, among other predicate acts. He also has extensive experience in developing common law fraud and other tort claims.

    During law school, Mr. Mefford served as Contributing Editor of the Michigan Law Review (2008-09), and as Associate Editor (2007-08). He also participated in the Campbell Moot Court Competition. While studying at Stanford, he was an Undergraduate Senator with the Associated Students of Stanford University and also served on the Executive Board of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.

    Prior to law school, Mr. Mefford lived for a year in Guatemala. While there, he volunteered with a rule of law project and a nonprofit organization, teaching impoverished children mathematics and literature, in Spanish. Mr. Mefford is proficient in Spanish and currently is learning Russian.

    An avid traveler, Mr. Mefford has been to 30 countries on six continents. He also is an accomplished public speaker, participating in Toastmasters for the past five years and having won numerous competitions in both prepared and extemporaneous speaking.

  • EDUCATION

    Juris Doctor, cum laude, University of Michigan Law School, 2009

    Master of Arts, Sociology, Stanford University, 2005

    Bachelor of Arts with Departmental Honors, Political Science, Stanford University, 2005

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    California

    United States District Court for the Central District of California

    United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas

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Theresa Melia
Associate
Theresa Melia is an associate in Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors’ Dallas office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Ms. Melia has focused her practice on a variety of complex commercial matters, with experience in areas such as breach of fiduciary duties, securities law violations, class actions and bankruptcy.

    Prior to joining Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors, Ms. Melia practiced in Melbourne, Australia as a lawyer at a leading Australian firm where she defended directors in a highly-publicized securities enforcement action and class action, represented commercial real estate developers and management investment enterprises, and advised financial institutions.

    Ms. Melia received her L.L.M. from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in 2015, and her Master of Laws degree from Monash University in Melbourne in 2010. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of North Texas in 2003.

    At SMU, she contributed to Professor Marc Steinberg’s treatise on the federalization of corporation law, in particular to a chapter on shareholder proposals.

    In Australia, she also worked as an electoral officer (legislative aide) to Federal Senator Julian McGauran (Victoria, Australia).

    Ms. Melia is a volunteer attorney for Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, a non-profit organization assisting survivors of violence from all over the world.

    Ms. Melia’s article, “’Going through the paces’ in Australia, Canada and the U.S.: A comparative look at the treatment of outside directors in securities law,” is forthcoming in 2017.

  • EDUCATION

    L.L.M., in business, finance and securities laws, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2015

    Master of Laws/Legal Practice, Monash University, 2010 B.A. in political science, University of North Texas, 2003

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    Texas

    Supreme Court of Victoria (Australia)

    High Court of Australia

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Robert M. Millimet
Senior Associate
Robert (Rob) Millimet is a senior associate in the firm’s Dallas office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Before joining Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors in July 2006, Mr. Millimet was a judicial clerk for two years with the Staff Attorney Office for the United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit. He also gained significant experience litigating complex commercial and intellectual property cases in both state and federal courts, and was appointed to represent a federal habeas petitioner in a capital case.

    Mr. Millimet is the author of “The Impact of the Uruguay Round and the New Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures: An Analysis of the US Ban on DDT,” 5 Transnational Law & Contemp. Probs. 449 (1995).

    Mr. Millimet graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, with high honors, from the University of Michigan in 1993. Mr. Millimet then received his Juris Doctor degree, with high distinction, from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1996. Mr. Millimet is a member of the Order of the Coif.

  • EDUCATION

    J.D., with high distinction, University of Iowa College of Law, 1996

    B.A. in political science, with high honors, University of Michigan, 1993

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    Texas

    Missouri (inactive)

    Illinois (inactive)

    District of Columbia (inactive)

    U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth circuits

    U.S. District Court for the Northern, Eastern, and Southern Districts of Texas

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Raymond Pasco
Senior Analyst
Raymond Pasco is a Senior Analyst in Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors’ New York office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    He previously worked as a software engineer specializing in cryptography and security.

    Prior to joining Brewer, Mr. Pasco was employed at the Tlon Corporation of San Francisco as an engineer on the Urbit project, a next-generation operating system for the cloud.

    Mr. Pasco has studied mathematics at Central Connecticut State University.

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LaCrecia Perkins
Associate
LaCrecia Perkins is an associate in Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors’ Dallas office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Ms. Perkins received her Juris Doctor degree, summa cum laude, from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. She also served as the Managing Editor of the Thurgood Marshall Law Review, and participated in the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Program.

    Ms. Perkins received her Bachelor of Arts in Government, magna cum laude, from Houston Baptist University in 2012. While at HBU, Ms. Perkins received the 2012 President’s Award and the 2011 Leadership Award.

    After law school, Ms. Perkins served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Renée Harris Toliver, United States District Court Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Texas.

  • EDUCATION

    J.D., summa cum laude, Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University, 2015

    B.A. in government, Houston Baptist University, 2012

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    Texas

    United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas

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Gauri Prakash-Canjels
Consulting Director
Gauri Prakash-Canjels serves as a consulting director (non-attorney) in Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors’ New York office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Dr. Prakash-Canjels, who holds a doctorate in economics, has more than 17 years of economic consulting experience. She has consulted in litigation matters regarding intellectual property (IP) damages, antitrust analysis, business appraisal and IP valuation, conjoint and other types of surveys, breach of contract damages, and bankruptcy matters.

    She has considerable experience in IP matters and the analysis of market forces in antitrust, specifically, the economic analysis of markets, product market definitions, entry conditions, and product substitutability in numerous industries. Dr. Prakash-Canjels has been qualified as an expert witness and provided testimony on economic damages in Court.

    Dr. Prakash-Canjels is the Assistant Treasurer for the Licensing Executives Society, USA and Canada (LES), and is the past Chair of the Valuation and Taxation Committee, LES. She is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) and a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA). She also teaches courses on intellectual asset management, including on the valuation of patents, for the Licensing Executives Society and the Certified Licensing Professionals.

    Prior to joining the firm, Dr. Prakash-Canjels was a Managing Director with GreatBridge Consulting, Inc. and was previously a Principal at the Kenrich Group.

    Dr. Prakash-Canjels has taught courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She was a Visiting Professor at Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, New School University, and taught courses in Quantitative Methods – statistics, survey and econometrics for MBAs. She was a Lecturer at Northwestern University, and taught courses in econometrics, and the principles of economics. She was also an Assistant Professor at Delhi University, India.

    Dr. Prakash-Canjels taught courses in mathematics and economics as a Teaching Assistant at Northwestern University in the Departments of Mathematics and Economics, and in the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern in the Executive MBA Program.

    Dr. Prakash-Canjels has economic consulting experience with the Standard Chartered Bank and the National Council for Applied Economic Research, a not-for-profit research institute. She conducted survey-based market studies and comparative advantage studies in these positions.

    Gauri Prakash-Canjels received a Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University. Dr. Prakash-Canjels’ doctoral dissertation provides an econometric test for defining an economic market using time series properties of data in various geographic and product markets. It has been published under the title “Pace of Market Integration.”

    She received a Master of Arts degree in Economics, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Mathematics, from Delhi University. She was twice awarded the prestigious Central Advanced Research Scholarship by the Government of India, and received a University Fellowship from Northwestern University.

  • PUBLICATIONS

    “The Role of Education in Technology Commercialization,” IAM Magazine, Issue 66, July/August 2014.

    “Proving Damages in Trademark Cases” (Joint with Stanley P. Stephenson), Business Valuation Update Volume 18, Number 10, October 2012.

    “Computing Lost Profits in Business Interruption Litigation: A General Model” (Joint with Stanley Stephenson and David Macpherson), Journal of Business Valuation and Economic Loss Analysis Volume 7, Issue 1, Pages –, ISSN (Online) 1932-9156, DOI: 10.1515/1932-9156.1118, May 2012.

    “Summary of the January 4, 2011 Decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Regarding the 25 Percent Rule of Thumb,” LES Insights, January 2011.

    “Basis of Damage Awards in Trademark Cases,” (Joint with Kristen Hamilton) les Nouvelles: Journal of The Licensing Executives Society, Vol. XLIV, No.2, June 2009.

    “Implications Of EBay For Non Competes, Other Entities,” Law360, September 2, 2008.

    “Recent Developments in Estimation of Patent Infringement Damages,” IPExperts iNews, December 2007.

    “FRAND Licensing Requirements in Standard Setting Organization,” International Antitrust Bulletin, International Committee, ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Spring 2007.

    “Economic Issues in Antitrust: 2004-5,” (Joint with Susan H. Manning and Eileen Reed) The Antitrust Review of the Americas 2006, Global Competition Review, September 2005.

    “Measuring Market Integration: Foreign Exchange Arbitrage And The Gold Standard, 1879-19l3,” (Joint with Eugene Canjels and Alan M. Taylor) The Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 86, Issue 4, November 2004.

    “Measuring Market Integration: Foreign Exchange Arbitrage and the Gold Standard, 1879-19l3,” (Joint with Eugene Canjels and Alan M. Taylor) NBER Working Paper 10583, June 2004.

    “Patent Damages And Royalty Awards: The Convergence of Economics And Law,” (Joint with William O. Kerr) les Nouvelles: Journal of The Licensing Executive Society, Vol. XXXYllI, No.2, June 2003.

    “Robinson-Patman Act Secondary-Line Claims: Can The Injury To Competition Test Be Made More Consumer Friendly,” (Joint with Mark Glueck) Robinson-Patman Act Newsletter, American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Vol. 1, Issue 1, Spring 2003.

    “Analysis of Patent Cases, 1990-2000,” IDEA: Journal of Law and Technology, Vol. 41, No.2, August 2001.

    “The Influence of Patent Law On Innovation and Technology,” (Joint with William O. Kerr), The National Association of Forensic Economists and the Southern Economic Association, November 2000.

    “Pace of Market Integration,” Ph.D. Dissertation, Northwestern University, April 1997.

  • EDUCATION

    Ph.D. in economics, Northwestern University, 1997

    M.A. in economics, Delhi University, 1990

    B.A. in economics, Delhi University, 1988

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Arturo Ravelo
Analyst
Arturo Ravelo is an analyst in Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors’ Dallas office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Mr. Ravelo received a Bachelor of Science degree in financial economics from Southern Methodist University in 2015. He previously worked for the firm as a consulting intern in the summer of 2014.

  • EDUCATION

    B.S. in Economics with Financial Applications, Southern Methodist University, 2015

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Aamer Ravji
Associate
Aamer Ravji is an associate in Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors’ Dallas office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Mr. Ravji was born and raised in Pakistan. Before immigrating to the United States, he received his medical degree from Aga Khan University and Hospital. In the United States, Mr. Ravji received his Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University College of Law.

    While in law school, Mr. Ravji completed an internship with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas under the Honorable William Greendyke, and was a finalist in the University of Houston School of Law moot court trial competition.

    Upon receiving his law degree, Mr. Ravji worked for several nationally and internationally renowned law firms, including Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors, where he gained extensive experience in complex commercial litigation and trial work. Mr. Ravji then founded The Ravji Law Firm and represented clients in high-stakes litigation and complex corporate bankruptcy, prior to rejoining the firm in 2009.

    Mr. Ravji is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the State Bar of New York, the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas, the Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA), the American Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

    Mr. Ravji is the author of the article “Seller Beware – Minimize Your Risk From Fraud and Theft,” Stitch Times (Delhi, India), which was published in December 2009.

  • EDUCATION

    J.D., Syracuse University College of Law, 1996

    B.S., Northeastern University, 1992

    M.D., Aga Khan University Hospital, 1989

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    Supreme Court of the State of Texas

    Appellate Courts for the State of Texas

    All District Courts for the State of Texas

    Court of Appeals of the State of New York

    Appellate Divisions of the Supreme Court of the State of New York

    All Supreme, District, and Civil Courts of the State of New York

    U.S. Federal District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas

    Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

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Andrea Sadberry
Senior Manager, Public Affairs
Andrea Sadberry is Senior Manager of Public Affairs in the Dallas office of Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors. She joined the firm in 2010.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    In this role, she assists with media outreach for the firm and a wide range of charitable programs. Ms. Sadberry also serves as the executive director for the Brewer Foundation/New York University International Public Policy Forum (IPPF), a global debate contest that gives high school students the opportunity to participate in written and oral debates on issues of public policy. Before joining Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors, Ms. Sadberry worked with the firm in her capacity as a project manager for Carter Public Relations.

    Ms. Sadberry has broad experience in video production and television reporting. Prior to joining Carter Public Relations, she worked as a television reporter at NBC 5 in Dallas, where she reported on a wide range of business, legal, and community issues. Ms. Sadberry came to NBC 5 from the NBC affiliate in Wichita Falls, Texas, where she served as an anchor and reporter.

    Ms. Sadberry received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas (KU). While attending KU, Ms. Sadberry studied at American University in Washington, DC, where she was one of only 25 students nationwide awarded a fellowship in the Washington Semester Program in Broadcast Journalism. In 2009, Ms. Sadberry received her master’s degree in communication from the University of Texas at Arlington. The same year, she completed the North Texas Business for Culture and the Arts Leadership Arts Institute, a nine-month program designed to develop the next generation of business and arts community leaders.

    From 2009 to 2013, Ms. Sadberry served on the board of directors for Big Thought, the nation’s largest nonprofit organization focused on improving public education through creative learning.

    In December 2013, Ms. Sadberry served as a panelist at the National Association for Hispanic Journalists Region 5 Conference in Dallas. She spoke on making the transition from a career in journalism to public relations.

  • EDUCATION

    M.A., communication, University of Texas at Arlington, 2009

    B.A. in journalism, University of Kansas, 2003

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John Schmidtberger
Senior Consultant
John Schmidtberger is a Senior Litigation Consultant (non-attorney) in Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors’ Dallas office and has been with the firm since 2006.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Mr. Schmidtberger received his bachelor of business administration degree in accounting in 1980 from the University of Notre Dame. After graduation, he joined Arthur Andersen & Co. in the Dallas Audit Division.

    In 1983, Mr. Schmidtberger joined Overhead Door Corporation, a national manufacturer of commercial and residential building products, headquartered in Dallas, as Senior Internal Auditor. He was promoted to Manager of Internal Audit in 1984, and in 1987, was appointed Plant Controller of the local Dallas, Texas Division. In 1991, Mr. Schmidtberger was selected to manage the consolidation of the Accounting/Finance function for the largest division in the company. In 1996, he was promoted to the position of Strategic Planning Manager.

    In 1998, Mr. Schmidtberger was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Management Insights, Inc., a Dallas-based consulting firm serving Fortune 500 companies. In that capacity, he directed the Accounting, Finance, and Treasury functions, tracked the company’s stock investment portfolio, and oversaw the company’s Insurance/Risk programs.

    Mr. Schmidtberger is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the local Dallas Chapter of Certified Public Accountants.

  • EDUCATION

    B.B.A. in accounting, University of Notre Dame, 1980

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Nilima Singh
Associate
Nilima Singh is an associate in Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors’ Dallas office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Singh served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jessica R. Mayer, Superior Court of New Jersey, Multicounty Litigation Assignment (Mass Tort).

    Ms. Singh received her Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers Law School in 2015. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Northwestern University in 2010.

    During law school, Ms. Singh worked at the Rutgers Intellectual Property Clinic and served as an Articles Editor for the Rutgers Law Review.

  • EDUCATION

    J.D., Rutgers Law School, 2015

    B.A. in Anthropology, Northwestern University, 2010

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    New Jersey

    Ms. Singh’s admission to the bar in Texas and New York is pending.

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Alexander Stoczko
Analyst
Alexander Stoczko is an analyst in Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors’ New York office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Mr. Stoczko received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and French with honors from Trinity College in 2017. At Trinity, he was a member of the varsity men’s rowing team.

    Mr. Stoczko previously interned with Aetna Life Insurance Company as an institutional business summer associate, with CPEX Real Estate as a brokerage intern, and with The Next Step Realty as a brand ambassador.

  • EDUCATION

    B.A. in Economics and French, Trinity College, 2017

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Katherine Leal Unmuth
Manager, Public Affairs
Katherine Leal Unmuth is a Manager of Public Affairs in the Dallas office of Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Ms. Unmuth develops public relations and crisis management strategies to advance the interests of the firm and its clients, including Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs and leading financial organizations. In this capacity, she handles media research and analysis, strategy, social media and media relations on a wide range of matters.

    Ms. Unmuth also provides strategic communications for the legal public service affiliate of the firm, the Brewer Storefront. Most notably, Ms. Unmuth has provided communications support in connection with several successful voting rights cases brought on behalf of Latino voters in the Dallas area. She helped direct the Storefront’s advocacy on behalf of the famed Jim’s Shoe Repair in New York City – helping keep the shop open. The firm was recognized for this work with an Award of Merit for Media Relations in the 2015 Dallas Quill Awards, sponsored by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).

    She also manages media and community outreach for the Brewer Foundation’s educational programs – the Future Leaders Program (FLP) and the International Public Policy Forum (IPPF) debate competition.

    Prior to joining the firm in 2012, Ms. Unmuth worked as an education reporter and writer at The Dallas Morning News for six years. While there, Ms. Unmuth wrote extensively about Latino education issues, immigration, school accountability, and technology use in schools. She also has written about education trends and research for the Latino Ed Beat blog, an initiative of the national Education Writers Association (EWA).

    In 2013, she served as an advisor on the PBS Independent Lens documentary “The Graduates/Los Graduados,” which explored education issues faced by Latino high school students.

    Ms. Unmuth has lectured at a wide range of media and education conferences hosted by organizations including the College Board and EWA. In 2010, Ms. Unmuth was selected to participate in two international media symposiums sponsored by the French-American Foundation. In 2009, she won second prize for large media beat reporting in the EWA National Awards for Education Reporting competition for her work at The Dallas Morning News.

    Before moving to Dallas, Ms. Unmuth also worked as a higher education reporter for The Wichita Eagle in Kansas.

    Ms. Unmuth holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She has served as a member of the Northwestern University Magazine Editorial Advisory Board since 2003.

  • EDUCATION

    B.A. in journalism, Northwestern University, 2003

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RECRUITING

Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors is one of the most dynamic litigation firms in the United States. With offices in New York and Dallas, the firm practices exclusively in the field of complex litigation and dispute resolution. The firm’s attorneys litigate cases before state courts, federal courts, administrative tribunals, and arbitration panels throughout the United States.

The nature of the firm’s practice and its plans for growth require the firm to hire attorneys who possess the extraordinary talent and competitive drive to enable them to assume substantial responsibility for major cases. Attorneys and consultants of our law firm have demonstrated exceptional academic and personal achievement, and thrive on the intensity and challenge of “bet-the-business” litigation.

To apply, please send your resume to:

Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors
Director of Recruiting
1717 Main Street
Suite 5900
Dallas, Texas 75201
E-mail to: recruiting@brewerattorneys.com

Investigation Unit to Expand

Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors seeks candidates for its in-house Investigative Unit.  The Unit provides the firm with comprehensive research and analysis. Our investigators are trained in fact-finding techniques as well as human relations. The aim is to assemble a complete, cohesive factual picture and develop the narrative of substantive client matters.

We currently have exciting opportunities for investigators and investigative researchers to join our Investigative Unit.

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We seek professionals with backgrounds in investigative journalism, law enforcement, private investigations or law. Candidates should possess research and writing skills and have a passion for the fact-finding process.

For consideration, please send your resume to recruiting@brewerattorneys.com.

Summer Program

The firm strives to create a realistic experience for its summer associates in order that they may make informed decisions about practicing with Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors. The firm exposes its summer associates to all aspects of its practice. Summer associates frequently attend depositions, hearings, strategy sessions, and client meetings. In addition, summer associates regularly participate in the intensity of pre-trial and trial preparations and proceedings.

Summer associates at the firm perform work that simulates the assignments of first- and second-year associates. They have billing requirements that provide first-hand experience in accurately communicating to the client what tasks they accomplish.

Second-year summer associates are paid $3,300 per week, working a minimum of six weeks or a maximum of 12 weeks.

Recruiting Schedule

Brewer Attorneys & Counselors makes many law school visits, giving talented, dedicated students the opportunity to meet with the firm’s staff professionals.

Consulting Group

Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors seeks candidates for its Consulting Group in the firm’s New York and Dallas offices. The Consulting Group is comprised of professionals recruited from a variety of disciplines, including finance, accounting, economics, and information technology. The group provides the firm invaluable expertise, perspective and insight into the analysis of clients’ circumstances. In addition to their individual areas of academic and professional experience, our Consultants are trained in the litigation process. We seek professionals with backgrounds in litigation consulting, dispute advisory, finance, accounting and/or economics to join our Group in New York and Dallas.

The firm’s innovative approach to advocacy empowers Consultants to grow beyond conventional career paths and areas of specialization. Consultants of all backgrounds are encouraged to play an integral role in the firm’s handling of bet-the-business matters for clients.

AVAILABLE POSITIONS:

ANALYST
Basic Qualifications: Undergraduate Degree with 0-2 years of relevant experience.
As an Analyst, you will be actively involved in a variety of financial, economic and factual analyses related to business disputes. Successful Analysts are provided with the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on case strategies and development while developing new skills and tackling new problems early in their career.

SENIOR ANALYST
Undergraduate Degree with 3+ years of relevant experience; or Graduate Degree with 1-3 years of relevant experience.
As a Senior Analyst, you will take on additional responsibilities above the Analyst role and be given leadership opportunities over work streams and case development. You will continue to expand your knowledge and experience by simultaneously working on multiple cases, and taking on managerial duties.

CONSULTANT
Graduate Degree (M.A., M.S., MBA, Ph. D.) with 3+ years of relevant experience; or Experienced Professional with 5+ years of relevant experience. Consultants are responsible for developing the analyses used in engagements, directing the efforts of the Analysts and Senior Analysts, and managing engagements with input from Senior Consultants and Directors.

For more information regarding the consulting career path and development opportunities, please send an email to RecruitingNY@BrewerAttorneys.com.

NEWS
Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors Names New Partner
Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors Names New Partner
Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors recently named Sarah B. Rogers partner. Ms. Rogers joined the firm’s New York office as a senior associate in May 2016.

She is active in many areas of the firm, mentoring colleagues and assisting with firm recruitment. Ms. Rogers also serves as a judge of the International Public Policy Forum (IPPF), a high school debate competition jointly sponsored by the Brewer Foundation and NYU. Prior to joining the firm, she was an associate at Latham & Watkins LLP and also previously worked in-house for Philip Morris International, managing litigation and regulatory issues.

Ms. Rogers received her Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School in 2008 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Dartmouth College in 2005. At Columbia, she served as a staff editor of the Journal of Transnational Law and was recognized as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.
Law 360 Reports on Firm’s Trial Victory
Law 360 reported that Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors, won a four-day jury trial in federal court in Los Angeles that resulted in a $5.6 million victory for its client, DCD Partners, LLC. As reported, on September 13, 2017 an eight-person jury in United States District Court, for the Central District of California awarded plaintiffs more than $5.6 million against Transamerica Life Insurance Company (“Transamerica”).

DCD Partners sued Transamerica in 2015, alleging Transamerica improperly increased life insurance premiums by 50 percent in 2013 on more than 2,000 insureds – predominantly African-Americans from South Los Angeles, who were parishioners of the Praises of Zion Missionary Baptist Church, and other community churches. In 2004, the insureds became part of a charitable life insurance program which provided family members money for burial expenses, and funds for the community activities of the Personal Involvement Center, and other non-profit groups. The jury rendered a verdict for DCD Partners on its claims of breach of contract and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.
The Wall Street Journal Reports on Firm Case in Los Angeles, CA
The Wall Street Journal reported on one of the firm’s current cases in Los Angeles, CA. The article, “Life Insurer Faces Off Against African-American Church in Battle Over Rates,” dated September 1, 2017, focuses on issues relating to a life insurance program that benefits members of the South Los Angeles community. As reported in the WSJ, the case “sheds light on the once-hot use of ‘investor-owned’ life insurance for nonprofit fundraising.”
Best Lawyers in America Recognizes Partner William Brewer in 2018 Edition
Firm Partner William Brewer was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Commercial Litigation. Brewer was recognized in both New York and Dallas.

Recognition is based entirely on peer review and aims to recognize the opinion of top lawyers about the professional ability of their colleagues within the same geographic region and practice area. Brewer has been recognized in Best Lawyers since 2007.
Dallas ISD and Brewer Foundation Future Leaders Program Renew Partnership
The Brewer Foundation Future Leaders Program (FLP) and the Dallas Independent School District (Dallas ISD) announced a renewed long-term partnership in June 2017. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two groups ensures the continuation of the FLP for at least another five years.

Founded in 2001 by the Brewer Foundation, the FLP is an academic and leadership development program that benefits nearly 250 students, ages 10 – 18, from urban communities within Dallas ISD and more than 60 FLP alumni attending college.

"The FLP embraces the ideal that our city’s future is hugely impacted by opportunities offered to the students of Dallas ISD," said Michael Hinojosa, Dallas ISD superintendent. "This program proves that we can create opportunities for students to help ensure a bright future for each of them and for Dallas. Hopefully, this will inspire others to support our students in meaningful ways."
Brewer Foundation Future Leaders Program (FLP) Executive Director Selected for Leadership ISD Fellowship
Brewer Foundation Future Leaders Program (FLP) Executive Director Brittany Brady is the recipient of the Leadership ISD Dallas County Civic Voices Fellowship. As part of the fellowship Class of 2018, she will participate in a 10-month program geared toward providing civic leaders information and insights into public education. According to the program director, applicants demonstrated an “exceptional commitment to ensuring equitable access to a high quality public education for all students.”

Fellows will participate in monthly sessions that will include meeting with experts and reviewing best practices and research. Recipients will also interact with educators, parents and students and will explore issues of race, opportunity and equity in education. Fellows will gain insights by collaborating with a campus or district partner, conducting site visits to schools and attending school board meetings. The program aims to prepare fellows to advocate for public education by engaging with various stakeholders.
Partner William Brewer Writes about Litigation Finance in Crain’s New York Business
Partner William Brewer recently wrote an op-ed about litigation finance published in Crain’s New York Business. Titled “Great equalizer coming to New York law: Litigation finance is giving the little guy his day in court,” the piece posits that third-party financing has the potential to reconfigure the legal industry in New York City. He writes, “litigation finance enables smaller plaintiffs and boutique firms to surmount the obstacles put in their path by large corporations and defense counsel.” Brewer comments that such third-party financing can result in “pure, unaltered, merits-based litigation—the way it was always intended to be.” Brewer Consultant Matthew Harrison contributed to the piece, published in May 2017.
BTI Client Service All-Star
Partner William A. Brewer III Named 2017 BTI Client Service All-Star
Partner William Brewer has been named a 2017 BTI Client Service All-Star. The list recognizes only 319 attorneys who “stand out as absolutely the best at client service,” as defined solely by clients.

Attorneys must be nominated by corporate counsel, and no attorney or firm can self-nominate, self-refer, nor pay to be included. According to BTI, “these attorneys are proactive in building client relationships. They take, and make, the time to understand their clients in-depth – their business, their objectives, and their goals. This elite group enjoys a clear cut advantage over the competition.”
Future Leaders Program
Making the Grade: WFAA-TV Profiles Brewer Foundation Future Leaders Program (FLP) Student
TWFAA-TV in Dallas aired a report about Brewer Foundation Future Leaders Program (FLP) student Jonathan Murillo and his path to college and acceptance to Yale University. Jonathan has been a part of the FLP since he was in the 5th grade and will be the first person in his family to ever attend college. The FLP provides academic resources and leadership training to deserving students from the Dallas Independent School District (DISD).
The New York Times Reports on Brewer Storefront Client Jim’s Shoe Repair
The New York Times reported on Brewer Storefront client Jim’s Shoe Repair, a treasured New York City business. Faced with losing its shop in Midtown to accommodate the expansion of Duane Reade, located next door, Jim’s engaged Managing Partner William Brewer, a longtime customer, and the Brewer Storefront to engineer an advocacy campaign to help save the business. The legal strategy, grassroots petition drive, PR campaign, and social media effort generated a wave of public support – allowing the business to successfully challenge eviction and secure a new lease agreement for the location it has called home for almost 70 years.
U.S. News-Best Lawyers Names Firm to 2017 “Best Law Firms” List
Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors was named to the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers 2017 “Best Law Firms” list. The firm was recognized in the commercial litigation practice area in New York City and Dallas. The firm earned a “Tier 1” designation in commercial litigation for the metropolitan Dallas area.

According to the publications, achieving a tiered ranking “signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.” To be eligible to be ranked, a firm must have an attorney listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.), which represents the top 4 percent of attorneys in the United States. Managing Partner William Brewer was selected for inclusion in the publication.
D CEO Profiles Managing Partner William Brewer in “My Office” Feature
D CEO magazine profiled Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors and Managing Partner William A. Brewer III in its October 2016 issue. The “My Office” profile takes readers inside the offices of Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors, located on the top two floors (59 and 60) of Comerica Bank Tower in downtown Dallas.
Consulting Director Gauri Prakash-Canjels
Consulting Director Named to Licensing Executives Society (LES) Board Position
Consulting Director Gauri Prakash-Canjels, Ph.D., was elected to a two-year term as Treasurer of the Board of the Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada), Inc. (LES) on Oct. 24, 2016. She previously served as the LES Assistant Treasurer and Chair of the Valuation and Taxation Committee.

Dr. Prakash-Canjels is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) and a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA). For more than 50 years, LES has been the leading association devoted to professionals in the intellectual property and technology fields.
Attorney Beth Landes Named Super Lawyers “Rising Star”
Brewer Associate Attorney Beth Landes was named to the Super Lawyers 2016 New York Metro “Rising Stars” list. Only 2.5% of attorneys in the New York Metro area receive this distinction. She was recognized as a top-rated general litigation attorney in New York City. She was also previously honored as a Rising Star in 2014.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have achieved a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Firm Named to Vault “Top 150 Under 150” and “2017 Best Law Firms in Texas” Lists
Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors was named to Vault’s “Top 150 Under 150” list of leading midsize law firms. The ranking recognizes the top 150 law firms in the U.S. with fewer than 150 attorneys.

According to Vault, the firms on the list are “known for providing top-notch service and delivering big results.” Vault developed the list of highly sought-after law firms after reviewing Vault survey data, news stories and legal publications.

The firm was also named to Vault’s “2017 Best Law Firms in Texas” list. The firm is described by Vault as “the type of high-powered, bet-the-bank commercial litigation firm you would see on prime time.” Vault is known for its influential rankings across many industries and professions.
Dallas 500
D CEO Magazine Names Managing Partner William Brewer to “The Dallas 500” 2016 List
The editors of D CEO Magazine named Managing Partner William Brewer to “The Dallas 500” for 2016. The Dallas 500 is a special publication recognizing the 500 most powerful business leaders in North Texas in 60 different categories.

Brewer was one of only six attorneys recognized in the “Law: Business and Commercial Litigation” category.

Those featured in the exclusive listing were selected by D CEO based on more than one year of research that included a review of corporate rankings, input from industry experts and analysts, and a final analysis by the publication’s editors.
Law360 Publishes Article by Firm Professionals on Patent Damages
Consulting Director Gauri Prakash-Canjels, Consultant Matthew Harrison, and Associate Alex Mann wrote an article about patent damages for Law360.

The August 8, 2016, article titled “Thoughts on Patent Damages Landscape Post-Halo,” discusses the growth in patent damages awards. The article notes that a June 2016 U.S. Supreme Court decision “laid the groundwork for a more reasoned approach to enhanced damages considerations in cases involving willful infringement.”
LinkedIn
Managing Partner William Brewer Writes About the Value of Debate
Managing Partner William Brewer recently wrote a commentary on LinkedIn about the International Public Policy Forum (IPPF) competition, which he founded in 2001. The IPPF is the only high school debate competition that gives students from around the world the opportunity to engage in written and oral debates on issues of public policy.
Best Lawyers
Consulting Director Susan Dillon Shares Knowledge on Document and Data Retention
Consulting Director Susan Dillon wrote an article for The Bottomline, The Journal of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP). The article was titled “Making Information Governance a Priority: The importance of a document and data retention policy in the electronic world.” The article appeared in the Fall 2015 issue.

Dillon wrote that a solid retention policy provides “a clear road map for data retrieval.” She added that, “When data can be retrieved easily, searching and data reconciliation time and the associated expense are minimized.”
Future Leaders Program
NPEA Recognizes Brewer Foundation Future Leaders Program (FLP)
The National Partnership for Educational Access (NPEA) profiled the Brewer Foundation Future Leaders Program (FLP) in its September 2016 “Member Spotlight.”

The NPEA interviewed FLP Director of Academics and Accountability Brittany Brady about the history of the program and its impact on students from the Dallas Independent School District (DISD). Founded in 2001, the FLP services DISD students in grades 5-12, and “seeks to develop their leadership and academic skills, as well as guide them through the college admissions process.”

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

The firm’s commitment to client advocacy is equaled only by its commitment to the community.

Storefront

Founded in 1995, the Brewer Storefront seeks to make the firm’s brand of advocacy available to those without the resources to access a high caliber of legal representation.

The Storefront is particularly active on individual matters that can be used to establish legal precedent and make a long-term, positive impact on the community at large.

As an example, the Storefront’s representation on issues relating to illegal “immigration ordinances” and other unlawful measures has captured the attention of legal scholars, public policy advocates, and elected officials working to ensure that the Latino population is treated with justice, fairness, and equality.

Our firm has long believed that each of its professionals should have the opportunity to make a contribution to the community through pro bono legal service. On average, the firm’s professionals donate 200 hours per year to the Storefront.

The Storefront has earned several community service awards, including recognition at the Dallas Bar Association’s Annual Pro Bono Awards Celebration. The Storefront has earned the “President’s Award” from the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association, and has been featured in the national publication of the Pro Bono Institute in Washington, D.C.,What's New in Law Firm Pro Bono.

On June 1, 2015, the Storefront was the subject of a profile story in Texas Lawyer that chronicled the successful eight-year campaign of the Storefront to challenge the unconstitutional immigration ordinances proposed in Farmers Branch, Texas.

Foundation

The Brewer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private operating foundation, funded annually by the support of the Brewer Storefront, PLLC; the generosity of the law firm; and donor contributions.

In order to accomplish its goals, the Foundation supports a broad range of initiatives while maintaining a special emphasis on developing, overseeing, and fundraising for a growing array of educational programs. Among these are the Future Leaders Program, and the Brewer Foundation/New York University International Public Policy Forum.

During its history, the Foundation has also contributed more than $20 million to the community, by providing annual support to more than 60 charities working in areas as diverse as medicine, the arts, and human rights.

Guiding the Foundation’s commitment have been its partnerships with distinguished community leaders. The Foundation collaborates with leaders in education, law, business, and philanthropy in order to grow and support its mission. This support – and the spirit of community partnership it fosters – enables the Foundation to bring immediate benefits to the community, while building programs that will generate long-term, positive change.

Members of the community are invited to support the Brewer Foundation – investing in our educational programs and the students they serve. To make a donation to the Future Leaders Program, please click here. To make a donation to the International Public Policy Forum, please click here.


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