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There’s a new name in the world of high-stakes advocacy.

Bickel & Brewer is now Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors.

The firm is still devoted exclusively to client advocacy in high-stakes situations. Operating at the intersection of law, business, and politics, the firm assists clients facing matters that involve substantial financial or business exposure, cutting-edge legal issues, or significant public policy questions.

Beyond our new name, you may notice other changes at our law firm. The firm has recently promoted several key individuals, enhanced its value-based billing options, and broadened its work in Issues & Crisis Management.

The firm is organized around the belief that advocacy should extend beyond the courtroom, to protect and advance clients’ interests in every forum imaginable. Our advocacy model has gained national attention. In 2014, the firm was one of 10 that were named to the Litigation Boutiques Hot List of The National Law Journal. The NLJ wrote that our firm "has a penchant for matters with a lot of money and business at stake, groundbreaking legal issues or big public policy questions."

The firm’s concentration in complex litigation and dispute resolution is not confined to particular substantive areas of the law or certain industries. Instead, the firm is dedicated to the art of advocacy in behalf of its clients. As such, many of the firm’s attorneys have gained national recognition by handling cutting-edge cases in a wide variety of substantive legal fields.

More than 40 professionals currently practice at the Brewer firm, including eight partners, one senior associate and one of counsel. In addition, the firm employs nearly 20 professionals in the fields of business consulting, media and public relations, investigations, and technology.

Welcome to Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors. The new name in high-stakes advocacy.

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.
James S. Renard
James S. Renard
Partner
James S. Renard has acted as lead counsel in cases in federal and state courts throughout the United States, and has had first-chair responsibility in major arbitrations around the world. His work in commercial litigation has resulted in the formulation of creative solutions for clients in numerous industries.
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

    In the arena of “bet-the-business” litigation, clients are often confronted with issues that present legal, political, and communications challenges. That is why we formed one of the first in-house strategic communications practices within a national litigation firm. Our Issues & Crisis Management practice group advises clients on a broad array of reputational issues and image-building opportunities.

    The Issues & Crisis Management team, with lawyers and communications professionals in New York and Dallas, has extensive experience with representing clients in a broad range of public issues that can impact their most valued asset – their brand.

    Our advocacy routinely has us helping clients respond to national media inquiries, congressional investigations, regulatory concerns, proactive campaigns, management changes, and interactions with non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Our goal is to not only protect client’s position, but to also help advance it.

    Whether directed at shareholders, customers, regulators, business partners, opinion leaders, or employees, Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors understands that the most effective client advocacy often extends beyond the courtroom – and into the court of public opinion.

    In May, the Annual Awards of the International Association of Business Communicators, Dallas, recognized the firm’s Issues & Crisis Management group as the 2015 Overall Winner in Media Relations.

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 (formerly Bickel & Brewer). 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, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, 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 a founder of the Brewer Foundation/NYU International Public Policy Forum, the Future Leaders Program, and the Brewer Latino Institute for Human Rights at New York University School of Law.

    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

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

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James S. Renard
James S. Renard
Partner
James S. Renard is a senior partner at Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    He serves on the firm’s three-member executive management committee. Since the firm’s inception, Mr. Renard has handled and been involved in cases in a number of substantive areas of law, including securities, antitrust and trade regulation, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, real estate, insurance, environmental matters, construction, constitutional questions, and general contract and business tort disputes.

    He has acted as lead counsel in cases in federal and state courts throughout the United States, and has had first-chair responsibility in major arbitrations around the world. Mr. Renard’s work in commercial litigation has resulted in the formulation of creative solutions to countless problems confronting various clients in numerous industries.

    Mr. Renard is a founding member of the board of the Brewer Foundation and the Brewer Storefront, the firm’s community service legal affiliate. He has been actively involved in a wide range of community-impact cases and, most recently, was principally involved in successfully challenging the unconstitutional "immigration ordinances" proposed by the Dallas suburb of Farmers Branch, Texas.

    Mr. Renard received his Juris Doctor degree with honors from The University of Texas School of Law in 1981. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, from Southern Methodist University.

  • AWARDS, ACCOLADES AND RECOGNITION

    Mr. Renard has been named by Texas Super Lawyers magazine, published by Thomson Reuters, as one of the top attorneys in Texas consecutively from 2003-2015. From 2011-2015 he has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for Texas.

  • EDUCATION

    J.D. with honors, The University of Texas School of Law, 1981

    B.S., summa cum laude, Southern Methodist University, 1978

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    Texas

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

    Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fifth, Seventh, Ninth, Eleventh, and Federal Circuits

    U.S. Supreme Court

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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.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    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.

    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

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Shain Khoshbin
Shain Khoshbin
Partner
Shain Khoshbin is a partner in the firm’s Dallas office. He is a noted advocate and litigator who has represented clients across the country on both sides of the docket.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Mr. Khoshbin’s representation has led to substantial recoveries, successful defenses, and appeals before various courts of appeals – as well as the Texas Supreme Court – vindicating his clients’ rights. It also has led to published opinions in state and federal courts.

    Graduating with cum laude distinction and highest honors, Mr. Khoshbin earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with a core concentration in speech & communications, and majors in law & society and philosophy, from Macalester College in 1987. Mr. Khoshbin was on the Dean’s Honor Roll and also received highest honors for his thesis, “Perjury and the Lawyer’s Conflict of Duty.” Upon graduation, Mr. Khoshbin was recognized as the Macalester Hill Scholar and won the Thomas E. Hill Award for outstanding work in Philosophy. He also was awarded the National Achievement Academy Collegiate Award.

    Mr. Khoshbin received his Juris Doctor degree from DePaul University in 1990. While at DePaul, Mr. Khoshbin was a member of the DePaul University Law Review and won the American Jurisprudence Award for Legal Writing/Advocacy. Mr. Khoshbin joined the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, where he completed the Access to Excellence Program and practiced as a Rule 711 attorney.

    Mr. Khoshbin is a member of the American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, Federal Circuit Bar Association, Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, Texas Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association, Dallas Bar Association (DBA), and Chicago Bar Association. As a DBA member, at various times, Mr. Khoshbin has been on the Legal Ethics Committee, Morris Harrell Professionalism Committee, Fee Disputes Committee, and Judiciary Committee. He has also served as a member of the DBA Business Litigation, Intellectual Property Law, Appellate Law, and Tort & Insurance sections.

  • AWARDS, ACCOLADES AND RECOGNITION

    Mr. Khoshbin was selected as a “Texas Super Lawyer” in business litigation in 2007-2015, as published by Thomson Reuters in Texas Monthly. He also was selected as one of the “Top 100” attorneys practicing in Dallas/Fort Worth in 2011 by Super Lawyers. In addition, Mr. Khoshbin has been recognized among the nation’s top litigators in the 2008 (inaugural edition), 2009 and 2010 “Super Lawyers” Corporate Counsel editions, and the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 “Super Lawyers” Business Edition, published by Thomson Reuters.

  • EDUCATION

    J.D., DePaul University, 1990

    B.A. with core concentration in Speech & Communications and majors in Law & Society and philosophy, cum laude, Macalester College, 1987

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    Texas

    Illinois

    United States Supreme Court

    Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

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

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Michael L. Smith
Michael L. Smith
Partner
Michael L. Smith is a partner in the firm’s New York office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    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.

    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

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Farooq A. Tayab
Farooq A. Tayab
Partner
Farooq Tayab is a partner in the firm’s Dallas office, and has represented clients in connection with a wide variety of complex commercial matters, complex environmental and natural resource damages litigation, and intellectual property disputes. Mr. Tayab has represented clients in connection with cases involving patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, licensing, and general IP counseling for a wide variety of national and international clients. More recently, his practice has been focused on clients in the chemical, manufacturing, electronics, aerospace, biomedical device, and energy sectors.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    In 1992, Mr. Tayab received his Bachelor of Technology degree in chemical engineering from Anna University in Madras, India. In 1995, he received his Master of Science degree in bioengineering from Clemson University.

    Prior to attending law school, Mr. Tayab worked as a Senior Consultant in the Consulting Group of Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors for six years.

    Mr. Tayab received a Juris Doctor degree from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in 2007, graduating cum laude.

  • AWARDS, ACCOLADES AND RECOGNITION

    In 2012-2015, Mr. Tayab was named a “Texas Rising Star” by Texas Super Lawyers, published by Thomson Reuters.

  • EDUCATION

    J.D., cum laude, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2007

    M.S. in bioengineering, Clemson University, 1995

    B.S. in chemical engineering, Anna University in Madras, India, 1992

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    Texas

    U.S. District Court for the Northern and Western Districts of Texas

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Jeremy Camp
Jeremy Camp
Partner
Jeremy Camp is a partner in the firm’s Dallas office. Since joining the firm in 2009, Mr. Camp has represented clients in a variety of complex commercial matters involving, among other things, claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and fraud. He has handled and been involved in a broad array of complex commercial matters.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Mr. Camp received his Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in 2009. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Texas.

  • AWARDS, ACCOLADES AND RECOGNITION

    While in law school, Mr. Camp was selected as a member of the Order of the Coif and the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honors Organization. In addition, Mr. Camp was a member of the SMU Law Review Association and served as an Articles Editor for the SMU Law Review and the Journal of Air Law & Commerce.

  • EDUCATION

    J.D., magna cum laude, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2009

    B.S., The University of Texas at Austin, 2006

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    Texas

    United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas

    United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and Fifth Circuits

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Jack Ternan
Jack Ternan
Partner
Jack Ternan is a partner in the firm’s Dallas office. His practice focuses on commercial litigation with an emphasis on hospitality, construction, civil rights, open government, probate and guardianship, and complex commercial contract/tort disputes. He is also managing director of the Brewer Storefront, the firm’s community service affiliate.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Joining the firm in 2007, Mr. Ternan’s practice focuses on commercial litigation with an emphasis on hospitality, construction, civil rights, open government, probate and guardianship, and complex commercial contract/tort disputes.

    Mr. Ternan received a bachelor’s degree in government and history from Georgetown University in 2004 and a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Texas School of Law in 2007. While in law school, Mr. Ternan became a Blackstone Fellow, interned at the Texas Supreme Court, and served as a senior editor for the Texas Review of Law and Politics.

  • AWARDS, ACCOLADES AND RECOGNITION

    Mr. Ternan was named a “Texas Rising Star” by Texas Super Lawyers, published by Thomson Reuters, in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. He was the Democratic Party nominee for Texas Senate District 8 in 2012.

  • EDUCATION

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

    B.A., government and history, Georgetown University, 2004

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    Texas

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

    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

    U.S. Supreme Court

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PROFESSIONALS

Andrew G. Affa
Consulting Director
Andrew Affa is a consulting director 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 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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Salvatore N. Astorina
Associate
Salvatore N. Astorina is an associate in the firm's Dallas office. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Mr. Astorina received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University in 2004 and his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School in 2007. During law school, Mr. Astorina was an editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy.

    Mr. Astorina is admitted to practice in New York, before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

  • Publications

    Mr. Khoshbin has authored articles and presentations relating to litigation, and has conducted seminars for clients in-house and at industry conferences concerning issues pertinent to litigation and lawsuit/claims management. This includes:

    • his selection and participation as the lead defense trial attorney in the ABA’s “Historical Trial - - Terror in San Francisco: The 1916 Preparedness Day Bombing Trial,” at the 2007 American Bar Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California;
    • his selection and participation as the lead defense trial attorney in the ABA’s “Historical Trial - - Murder at Madison Square Garden: The Trial of Harry Thaw for the Killing of Stanford White,” at the 2008 American Bar Association Annual Meeting in New York, New York;
    • his selection and participation as a "trial mentor" in the ABA's "Historical Trial - - The Insanity Trial of Mrs. Abraham Lincoln," at the 2009 American Bar Association Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois;
    • his presentation of Defending The Restaurant Murder Case, at the 2009 Hospitality Law Conference in Dallas, Texas;
    • his article Legal Ethics & Professionalism on the Agenda, Dallas Bar Association Headnotes, Vol. 29, June 1, 2005;
    • his 2006 presentation of Intellectual Property & Insurance: The New Frontier, at FM Global Corporate Headquarters in Johnston, Rhode Island;
    • his article Company Trash-Talk Websites & The Stored Communications Act: The Internet As The "Office Water Cooler" Of the 21st Century, Hospitality Lawyer September 2009 In-House Counsel Newsletter and October 2009 Legal Newsletter;
    • his presentation of Negotiation 101: Preparing for Settlement, at the 37th Annual Risk Industrial Management Society Conference in Dallas, Texas;
    • his article BUSINESS DIVORCES IN TEXAS: Recent Case On "Disguised Dividends," Alleged "Squeeze Out," Improper Buy-Out, And Shareholder Oppression, ABA Commerical & Business Litigation Section, November 2010;
    • his article DISCLOSURE OF INTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS: Recent Federal Case Discussing "Selective Waiver" Of Work Product Privilege, ABA Commercial & Business Litigation Section, December 2010;
    • his article Unilateral Contracts & Future Payment Promises To At-Will Employees: Vanegas v. American Energy Services Adds Clarity to "Illusory Contracts", Hospitality Lawyer March 2010 In-House Counsel Newsletter and May 2010 Legal Newsletter;
    • his presentation and participation as panelist for 2008 Macalester College Legal Studies Program Roundtable Discussion, What I Wish I Had Known About Law School And Legal Careers, in St. Paul, Minnesota;
    • his June 2010 DCA Seminar on Premises Liability & Workplace Violence in Texas in Dallas, Texas;
    • his article OIL & ANTITRUST AKIN TO OIL & WATER? Fifth Circuit Refrains From Adjudicating Opec Price-Fixing Claims, ABA Commercial & Business Litigation Section, February 2011;
    • his closing speech at the 2013 Future Leaders Program Showcase at St. Mark’s School of Texas in Dallas, Texas;
    • his participation as a Judge in the 2013 DBA High School Mock Trial Competition in Dallas, Texas;
    • his participation as a Judge in the 2014 and 2015 International Public Policy Forum Debate at New York University in New York, New York; and
    • his article United States v. Novartis AG: A Good Primer On Adequate Allegations Of Qui Tam Fraud, The “First-to-File” Rule, And The Public Disclosure Bar, ABA Commercial & Business Litigation Section, June 2015.
  • EDUCATION

    J.D., Harvard Law School, 2007

    B.A., Johns Hopkins University, 2004

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    New York

    U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

    United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

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Radha Bandarpalle
Consulting Director
Radha Bandarpalle is a consulting director in Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors’ Dallas office. Mr. Bandarpalle has consulted for the firm on various major projects and business initiatives, including I&A International and matters related to the hospitality industry, trade secrets, and patents.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Bandarpalle served as president of the software consulting firm he founded, Information Knowledge Group, Incorporated (IKG). The company specialized in designing, testing, and implementing customized advanced software systems to improve business operations.

    Before he founded IKG, Mr. Bandarpalle worked in various leadership positions relating to software development, technology, and management consulting. His experience spans more than 20 years working both nationally and internationally with some of the world’s leading companies and financial institutions, including American Airlines, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, AT&T, Ryder Logistics, Sprint, Frito-Lay, and Marathon Oil.

    Born and raised in India, Mr. Bandarpalle earned his bachelor’s degree in science from Delhi University in 1985, followed by an MBA from the Institute of Management Technology (IMT), a premier Indian management institute. He moved to the United States in 1988, and, in 1991, earned a second master’s degree in computer science from Louisiana State University.

  • EDUCATION

    M.S. in computer science, Louisiana State University, 1991

    M.B.A., Institute of Management Technology (IMT), 1987

    B.S., Delhi University, 1985

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Anthony Bégon
Associate
Anthony Bégon is an associate in the firm's Dallas office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Mr. Bégon received a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Bates College in 2008. Before entering law school, Mr. Bégon worked in the advancement office at Macalester College as an Assistant Director of the Annual Fund.

    In 2014, Mr. Bégon received his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School. While in law school, Mr. Bégon was a certified student attorney with Ramsey County Attorney’s Office. He also worked as a law clerk in the office of general counsel at UnitedHealth Group Incorporated and 3M Company. Mr. Bégon was also a member of the University of Minnesota Law School’s Intercollegiate Trial Team and a volunteer mediator with the Conflict Resolution Center through the Community Mediation Clinic.

  • EDUCATION

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

    B.A. in Political Science, Bates College, 2008

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    Texas

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

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

    Greg Brassfield’s practice is dedicated to complex litigation in federal and state courts. He has represented plaintiffs and defendants in disputes involving contracts, fiduciary duty, professional responsibility, and intellectual property.

    Mr. Brassfield received a Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University and a Juris Doctor degree from Southern Methodist University where he served as chief of the Civil Litigation Clinic and was named a Bryan A. Garner Law Scholar.

    During law school, Mr. Brassfield also spent a year with the Civil Litigation Division for the Northern District of Texas and a summer clerking for the Middle District of Florida.

  • Publications
    • “Wealth as a Suspect Classification and the Economic Bill of Rights,” presented at the CLE Symposium, “The End of Civil Rights in America?: Reflections on the Future of Economic Justice from the Perspectives of Law and Religion.” Southern Methodist University, September 2013.
    • Voting Rights: What Ferguson Can Learn From North Texas Suburbs, Texas Lawyer, Oct. 6, 2014.
  • Presentations
    • Panelist at NYU Law School Symposium: The Latino Child and the Law, November 7, 2014.
  • EDUCATION

    J.D., Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law, 2013

    B.S. in health science, Brigham Young University, 2010

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    Texas

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

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Andrea Burnett
Manager of Media Relations
Andrea Burnett joined Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors in 2010 as manager of media and community relations.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    In this role, she assists with media outreach for the firm and a wide range of charitable programs. Ms. Burnett 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. Burnett worked with the firm in her capacity as a project manager for Carter Public Relations.

    Ms. Burnett 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. Burnett came to NBC 5 from the NBC affiliate in Wichita Falls, Texas, where she served as an anchor and reporter.

    Ms. Burnett received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas (KU). While attending KU, Ms. Burnett 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. Burnett 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. Burnett 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. Burnett 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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Travis J. Carter
Director, Issues & Crisis Management Practice Group
Travis J. Carter is the director of the Firm's Issues & Crisis Management practice group.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Since 2001, Mr. Carter has managed public relations for the firm and, in many cases, the clients it represents. As the director of the firm’s Issue and Crisis Management practice area, 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, the Brewer Foundation/New York University International Public Policy Forum, and the Brewer Latino Institute for Human Rights at New York University School of Law.

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

    Mr. Clark graduated from New York University in 2007, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. He then worked in New York City as an operations analyst in finance before returning to law school.

    In 2013, Mr. Clark received his Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law.

    During his time at Fordham, Mr. Clark was a member of the Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Team and the Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law. He was the recipient of the William M. Tendy Criminal Trial Advocacy Competition Best Advocate Award, the Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award, and the Philip R. Fusco Memorial Scholar-Athlete Award. He also worked with Fordham’s Federal Litigation Clinic, and as an intern for the Honorable Barbara S. Jones in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

  • EDUCATION

    J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 2013

    B.A. in economics, New York University, 2007

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    New York

    New Jersey

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Vijay Desai
Associate
Vijay Desai is an associate in the firm’s Dallas office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Mr. Desai graduated cum laude from The University of Texas at Austin in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering. At the University of Texas, Mr. Desai was vice president of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honors fraternity.

    Mr. Desai received his Juris Doctor degree from The University of Texas School of Law in 2009. During law school, Mr. Desai served as Development Editor of the Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal and vice president of the Asian Law Students Association.

    After law school, Mr. Desai worked at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid representing indigent clients in housing related matters. Prior to joining Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors, Mr. Desai worked at Sidley Austin LLP, where his practice encompassed patent litigation and intellectual property due diligence.

  • EDUCATION

    J.D., cum laude, The University of Texas School of Law, 2009

    B.S. in chemical engineering, The University of Texas, 2004

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    Texas

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Susan C. Dillon
Consulting Director
Susan Dillon serves as a consulting director 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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Whitney Ehlin
Associate
Whitney Ehlin is an associate in the firm’s Dallas office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Ms. Ehlin received her Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 2014. During her time at Georgetown Law, Ms. Ehlin was the Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy and chaired both “The Ethics of Lobbying” and “Abuse of Power” symposia. In addition, she was a member of the Institute for Public Representation Clinic, representing clients in employment discrimination disputes, Freedom of Information Act requests, and public interest law matters. Ms. Ehlin received a CALI Excellence for the Future Award in 2013.

    Ms. Ehlin graduated, cum laude, from Southern Methodist University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy. At SMU, Ms. Ehlin was a Dean’s Scholar and was awarded the Isaac Gustave Bromberg Award for outstanding achievement in the humanities. Ms. Ehlin is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

    Ms. Ehlin is the author of “Silencing the Smoking Gun: A Critique of Formalism in Ruling on the Free Speech Implications of the Graphic Label Requirement on Tobacco Products,” 12 Geo. J.L.&Pub. Pol’y 271 (2014).

  • EDUCATION

    J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2014

    B.A. in political science and philosophy, cum laude, Southern Methodist University, 2008

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Stephanie Gase
Associate
Stephanie Gase is an associate in Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors’ 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

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Matthew Harrison
Consultant
Matthew Harrison is a consultant 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.A. in business administration and finance, Boston University, 2008

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Fred Kaes
Senior Litigation Consultant
Fred Kaes is a senior litigation consultant in the firm's Dallas office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Mr. Kaes received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting in 1993 from Montclair State University. After graduation, he worked as an accountant with J.H. Cohn LLP, a regional public accounting firm. Following nearly three years in public accounting, he attended Duke University's Fuqua School of Business to pursue an MBA, with a focus on finance.

    Subsequent to graduate business school, Mr. Kaes worked as a senior associate in the Litigation Support practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He then joined Duff & Phelps, LLC in 2002 (the successor to Standard & Poor's Corporate Value Consulting group) as a valuation consultant. He worked there approximately 10 years, leaving as a Director in the Valuation Advisory Services group in 2012 to join Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors.

    While at Duff & Phelps, Mr. Kaes acquired extensive experience performing valuations of U.S. and international based business enterprises, legal entities, debt and equity securities, intangible assets, and intellectual property for purposes of financial and tax reporting, litigation support, and tax reorganizations. He performed such valuations within a wide range of industries, including broadband service providers, pharmaceutical and healthcare service companies, electronic connector and component companies, and security service and product providers.

    Mr. Kaes is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder, a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and has passed all four parts of the Certified Public Accountant’s exam. He is a member of the Dallas Society of Chartered Financial Analysts and the Institute of Management Accountants.

  • EDUCATION

    M.B.A., Duke University

    B.S. in accounting, Montclair State University, 1993

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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, where he gained significant experience litigating complex commercial and intellectual property cases in both state and federal courts. He 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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Maria Montemayor
Investigator
Maria Montemayor is an investigator in Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors’ Dallas office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Montemayor spent 19 years working as a Language Analyst in the Dallas office of the FBI. She began her career with the FBI, investigating criminal cases, and later worked on foreign counterintelligence matters.

    Ms. Montemayor participated in every aspect of the cases to which she was assigned, including working closely with the United States Attorney’s Office to help plan discovery, as well as preparing witnesses for testimony. Fluent in Spanish, Ms. Montemayor managed linguist teams brought into the area from all across the country to work special cases, and she is credited with developing a training program for the FBI to accommodate the influx of linguists hired after the events of September 11, 2001.

    Ms. Montemayor is a certified FBI trainer and recruiter. She has extensive experience testifying as an expert witness. Ms. Montemayor attended the University of Dallas, where she majored in economics.

    Ms. Montemayor actively volunteers her free time to her church and to the Boy Scouts acting as Troop 404’s Charter Organization Representative.

  • EDUCATION

    B.A. in economics, The University of Dallas, 1988

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Stephen Morgan
Associate
Stephen Morgan is an associate in the firm’s New York office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    In 2010, Mr. Morgan graduated from Fordham University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy with a minor in economics. Mr. Morgan received his Juris Doctor degree in 2013, magna cum laude, from Hofstra University School of Law.

    While in law school, Mr. Morgan served as an associate editor of the Hofstra Law Review, as a teaching fellow in civil procedure, and as a research assistant focusing on business law and criminal law. Mr. Morgan also interned in the Office of the General Counsel at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, where he worked on a variety of litigation and transactional matters.

    In addition, while at Hofstra, Mr. Morgan was an extern in a prosecution clinic where he actively participated in all phases of criminal prosecution in Nassau County District Court. At graduation, Mr. Morgan received the Citation of Excellence in Procedural Law and the Citation of Excellence in Property Law.

  • EDUCATION

    J.D., magna cum laude, Hofstra University School of Law, 2013

    B.A. in philosophy, Fordham University, 2010

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    New York

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Catherine Pastrikos
Associate
Catherine Pastrikos is an associate in the firm’s New York office, where she specializes in complex commercial litigation.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Ms. Pastrikos holds a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and political science from Rutgers University. While at Rutgers, Ms. Pastrikos was a member of two honor societies and received departmental honors in both majors.

    Ms. Pastrikos graduated from Albany Law School, magna cum laude. While at Albany, Ms. Pastrikos was a member of the Albany Law Review and served as a teaching and research assistant.

    Ms. Pastrikos is the author of “Identity Theft Statutes: Which Will Protect Americans The Most?,” 67 Alb. L. Rev. 1137 (2004). She co-authored “Panarello v. Segalla,” New York Law Journal, Aug. 1, 2002, at 24, col 1.

  • EDUCATION

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

    B.S. in finance and political science, Rutgers University

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    New York

    U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

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Don Petersen
Of Counsel
Don Petersen is Of Counsel in the Dallas office of Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Mr. Petersen has represented a broad range of commercial clients and high net-worth individuals, including numerous professional athletes. He has represented clients all over the United States and in Moscow and Beijing.

    Mr. Petersen received his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1989. He received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from The University of Chicago in 1986, where he graduated with honors.

    Mr. Petersen currently teaches Secured Transactions at Southern Methodist University's Dedman School of Law. In the past, he has taught Secured Transactions, Negotiation, Legal Writing, and Property Law at Harvard Law School. He also taught Economics at Harvard University.

    Mr. Petersen is a frequent commentator and lecturer on a broad range of business and legal issues. He has appeared on ESPN, Fox Sports (Detroit), and many nationally-syndicated radio and TV stations. He is a graduate of the famed Second City Conservatory for public speaking and improvisational comedy, and was a stand-up comic for more than 10 years.

    Mr. Petersen is one of the leading experts in the country on commercial financing, UCC Article 9, and Secured Transactions. Currently, he is working with Thomson/West Publishing to author a treatise on Secured Transactions, scheduled for publication in 2016.

    Mr. Petersen's publications include yearly updates since 2008 for Reiley, "Security Interests in Personal Property," 3rd Edition, (Thomson/West); law review articles on Secured Transactions and Biotechnology; numerous complete chapters in "Nimmer's Commercial Asset Based Financing" (Thomson/West); chapters on identifying and valuing intangible assets in "Cyber Liability & Insurance," (National Underwriter Company). He also authored chapters in two books about the Detroit Tigers, "Fred Lasher" in "Sock it to ‘Em Tigers: The 1968 Detroit Tigers," Maple Street Press (2008), and "Dan Petry" in "Bless You Boys: 1984 Detroit Tigers," SABR (2012).

  • EDUCATION

    J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1989

    B.A. in economics, The University of Chicago, 1986

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    Texas

    Michigan

    Illinois

    United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas

    United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

    United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

    United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

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Preston Postlethwaite
Staff Professional
Preston Postlethwaite is a staff professional in the firm's New York office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    In 2009, Mr. Postlethwaite graduated from Cornell University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy. Mr. Postlethwaite received his Juris Doctor degree in 2014, cum laude, from the St. John's University School of Law.

    While in law school, Mr. Postlethwaite served on the St. John's Law Review and was a research assistant.

  • EDUCATION

    J.D., cum laude, St. John’s University School of Law, 2014

    B.A. in philosophy, Cornell University, 2009

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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 the chairman of the International Committee and a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, 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

    M.D., Aga Khan University Hospital, 1989

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    Supreme Court of the State of Texas

    Appellate Courts for the State of Texas

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

    Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

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John Schmidtberger
Senior Consultant
John Schmidtberger is a Senior Litigation Consultant 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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Benjamin Siegel
Associate
Benjamin Siegel is a associate in the firm’s New York office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    In 2010, Mr. Siegel graduated from the University of Delaware, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in communications with a minor in legal studies. Mr. Siegel received his Juris Doctor degree in 2014, magna cum laude, from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University.

    While in law school, Mr. Siegel served as an associate editor of the Hofstra Law Review and a research assistant focusing on business and technology law. Mr. Siegel is the author of “Title III of the JOBS Act: Using Unsophisticated Wealth to Crowdfund Small Business Capital or Fraudsters’ Bank Accounts?,” 41 Hofstra L. Rev. 777 (2013). In addition, Mr. Siegel spent a summer interning for the Honorable Daniel McCullough in a felony trial part of the New York Supreme Court, Criminal Term.

  • EDUCATION

    J.D., magna cum laude, Hofstra University, 2014

    B.A. in communications with a minor in legal studies, University of Delaware, 2010

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    New York

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Austin Smith
Staff Professional
Austin Smith is a staff professional in the firm's New York office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Mr. Smith received a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005. He spent a number of years as a political fundraiser, including for President George W. Bush and U.S. Senator John McCain.

    Mr. Smith received his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Maine School of Law in 2014, where he served on the law review. His article, The Misinterpretation of 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(8), was published in July 2014 by the American Bankruptcy Institute. He has also been published in The Hill and The Onion.

  • EDUCATION

    J.D., cum laude, University of Main School of Law, 2014

    B.A. in history, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005

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Jessica Toumani
Associate
Jessica Toumani is an associate in the firm’s Dallas office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Prior to joining Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors, Ms. Toumani served as a social media consultant and researcher at the Dallas County District Attorney's Office, where she worked directly under the Felony Trial Bureau Chief on several high-profile matters.

    In 2013, Ms. Toumani received her Juris Doctor degree from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. At SMU, she was a Dean's Scholarship recipient. She also served as the Vice President of Women in Law and Chief of the SMU Criminal Justice Clinic. Ms. Toumani received a Bachelor of Journalism degree in broadcast journalism from The University of Texas at Austin in 2006.

    Ms. Toumani spent four years both as an investigative television reporter and anchor before entering law school. She worked as a reporter and anchor for San Antonio’s FOX affiliate. While there, Ms. Toumani pursued stories relating to local educational issues, crime and the courts. Her television career started in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she covered many political stories.

    Ms. Toumani is admitted to practice law in Texas.

  • EDUCATION

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

    Bachelor of Journalism in broadcast journalism, The University of Texas at Austin, 2006

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    Texas

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Katherine Leal Unmuth
Media Relations Coordinator
Katherine Leal Unmuth is a media and community relations coordinator for Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Before 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. This national media initiative is part of the New Journalism on Latino Children project, a joint effort by the Latino Policy Forum, the national Education Writers Association, and the University of California, Berkeley.

    Ms. Unmuth has lectured at a wide range of media and education conferences. She was recently a featured presenter at the College Board’s 2012 “Prepárate: Educating Latinos for the Future of America” annual conference in Miami; the 2012 Education Writers Association National Seminar, “Learning from Leaders: What Works for Stories and Schools” in Philadelphia; and the 2012 conference “What Common Core Means for English-Language Learners, Teachers and Tests” hosted by the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University and Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) in Los Angeles.

    In 2010, Ms. Unmuth participated in two international symposiums sponsored by the French-American Foundation on media coverage of global immigration trends. In 2009, she won second prize for large media beat reporting in the National Awards for Education Reporting competition for her work at The Dallas Morning News.

    Before moving to Dallas, Ms. Unmuth 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 is a member of the Northwestern alumni magazine’s editorial advisory board.

  • EDUCATION

    B.A. in journalism, Northwestern University, 2003

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Manuel Vasile
Investigator
Manuel Vasile is an investigator in Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors’ Dallas office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Mr. Vasile began his investigative career as a case manager for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s International Parental Abduction Unit. He joined Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors in 2013 with over 20 years of investigative experience, having worked both in the private sector, as a licensed private investigator and, for the past decade, as a federal crimes investigator for the U.S. Courts, Federal Defender Offices in both the Eastern District of California and the Middle District of Florida.

    As a Federal Defender investigator, Mr. Vasile led investigations into numerous white collar criminal cases where he gained extensive experience in matters relating to complex fraud litigation, including but not limited to bank, tax, and mortgage fraud.

    Mr. Vasile has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Stanford University. He went on to obtain his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1994.

  • EDUCATION

    J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1994

    B.A. in political science, Stanford University, 1991

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Efrain Vera
Junior Consultant
Efrain Vera is a junior consultant in the firm’s New York office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Mr. Vera conducts financial and economic analysis on various firm legal matters. Prior to joining Brewer Attorneys & Counselors full-time in 2014, he worked as an intern in the firm's New York and Dallas offices.

    Mr. Vera graduated from New York University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in behavioral finance. He was a recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship, one of the most prestigious academic scholarships in the nation.

    While in college, Mr. Vera was a member of the NYU Cross Examination Debate team, where he held the role of treasurer. Mr. Vera competed at the Las Vegas Classic Invitational Collegiate Debate Tournament in 2012, placing second in cross examination. He also participated in the NYU Investment Analyst Group.

    Mr. Vera is actively involved in the firm's philanthropic activities. He has served as a judge in the Brewer Foundation/New York University International Public Policy Forum high school debate tournament and he is a volunteer with the Brewer Foundation’s Future Leaders Program, from which he graduated.

  • EDUCATION

    B.A. in behavioral science, New York University, 2014

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RECRUITING

Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors, formerly Bickel & Brewer, 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

Salary Information

The firm’s associates are among the highest paid in the United States. First-year associates are paid $185,000, with the opportunity to earn a year-end bonus. In addition, associates, like all employees at Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors, are eligible for merit-based annual bonuses.

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.

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.

For more information, contact recruiting@brewerattorneys.com.

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 (formerly the Bickel & 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, the Brewer Latino Institute for Human Rights at New York University School of Law, 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.


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