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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 25 attorneys currently practice at the Brewer firm, including six partners and one senior associate. 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 a 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 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

    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. 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.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    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, published by Woodward/White, Inc.

  • 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. 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

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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

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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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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

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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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Laura E. Atherstone
Associate
Laura E. Atherstone is an associate in Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors’ Dallas office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Ms. Atherstone received her Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Classical Civilizations from Emory University in 2007. Prior to entering law school, she served for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Moldova, working in English education and small business development.

    Ms. Atherstone received her Juris Doctor degree from Duke University School of Law in 2012. During law school, Ms. Atherstone served as an editor for the Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy and the Duke Forum for Law and Social Change. She also received her Master of Arts in Religion from Duke University in 2012.

    Before joining the firm, Ms. Atherstone practiced complex commercial litigation in Chicago. In 2015, she received two awards from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois for Excellence in Pro Bono Service.

  • EDUCATION

    J.D., Duke University School of Law, 2012

    M.A. in Religion, Duke University, 2012

    B.A. in Religion and Classical Civilizations, 2007

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    Illinois

    Texas

    United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

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

    Ms. Bartlett received a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 2015. While at Georgetown Law, Ms. Bartlett served as Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal.

    In addition, Ms. Bartlett was a member of Georgetown Law's Appellate Litigation Clinic. While working as a student attorney in the clinic, Ms. Bartlett participated in a case in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit involving Native American and U.S. constitutional law issues. She also participated in litigation in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia relating to a Freedom of Information Act request.

    Ms. Bartlett received a CALI Award for Excellence in 2013. Ms. Bartlett received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of Santa Fe in 2003.

    Prior to law school, Ms. Bartlett spent nine years in executive administration at Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors. Ms. Bartlett also previously served as executive assistant to the Cabinet Secretary of Economic Development for the State of New Mexico.

  • PUBLICATIONS

    Note, Shaping Farmers Branch: How the Courts Have Leveled the Playing Field, 27 Geo. Immigr. L.J. 829 (2013)

    Current Development Comment, A Divisive Split in the Eight, Fifth, and Third Circuits, 27 Geo. Immigr. L.J. 871 (2013)

  • EDUCATION

    J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2015

    B.A., political science, College of Santa Fe, 2003

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    Texas

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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., cum laude, 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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Christopher Buxton
Junior Consultant
Christopher Buxton is a junior consultant in the Dallas office of Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Mr. Buxton joined the firm in 2015, after graduating from Duke University with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering and a minor in finance.

    Prior to his graduation, Mr. Buxton interned for Partners Healthcare in Boston, where he worked to support technology licensing and commercialization efforts on behalf of the Partners Innovation department.

  • EDUCATION

    B.S.E. in biomedical engineering, Duke University, 2015

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Holly K. Carless
Manager of Media and Community Relations
Holly K. Carless is a Manager of Media and Community Relations (non-attorney) for 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
Director, Media & Community Relations
Travis J. Carter is director of Media & Community Relations (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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Caleb Davis
Associate
Caleb Davis is an associate in Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors’ Dallas office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Mr. Davis received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Northern Illinois University (NIU) in 2003. While at NIU, he was twice named a Huskie scholar athlete, academic all-conference, and a member of the 2002 and 2003 CoSida Academic All-America team for Division I Men's Soccer. In 2005, he received a Master of Public Affairs degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.

    In the summer of 2005, Mr. Davis became a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps. He was then winged a Naval Aviator in 2008. In 2011, he was decorated for planning counterinsurgency operations at NATO Regional Command, Southwest Afghanistan. He also served as a Squadron Legal Officer, Public Affairs Officer, and Executive Officer. The Marine Corps retired Captain Davis in 2012.

    Mr. Davis received his Juris Doctor degree from the Fordham University School of Law in 2015. While at Fordham, he interned for the Honorable Denny Chin at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York and was a member of the Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law. Mr. Davis earned the public interest student leadership award for his pro bono work with veterans and immigrants. He was also awarded the Emmet J. McCormack Foundation Award for superior academic performance in Admiralty Law.

  • EDUCATION

    J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 2015

    M.P.Aff, The University of Texas at Austin, 2005

    B.A. in Political Science, Northern Illinois University, 2003

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    Texas

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John Dillon
Staff Professional
John Dillon is a staff professional 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

    Mr. Dillon’s application to the New York State bar is pending.

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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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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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Fred Kaes
Senior Litigation Consultant
Fred Kaes is a senior litigation consultant (non-attorney) in Brewer Attorneys & Counselors’ 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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Nicole Karam
Associate
Nicole Karam is an associate in Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors’ Dallas office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    Ms. Karam graduated from the University of Rochester in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and business. In 2015, Ms. Karam received her Juris Doctor degree from Albany Law School, summa cum laude.

    During law school, Ms. Karam was an Associate Editor on the Albany Law Review, and served as a teaching and research assistant. Additionally, Ms. Karam was an admitted student attorney in Albany Law School’s Tax and Transactions Clinic.

    Ms. Karam also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Lawrence E. Kahn, Senior United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of New York.

  • EDUCATION

    J.D., summa cum laude, Albany Law School, 2015

    B.A., University of Rochester, 2012

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    New York

    Ms. Karam’s admission to the State Bar of Texas is pending.

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

    In 2011, Mr. Mann graduated from Brown University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in cognitive neuroscience and Bachelor of Arts degree in economics.

    In 2015, Mr. Mann received his Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law.

    After his first year of law school, Mr. Mann worked as a Summer Associate in the pharmaceutical research department at the Lanier Law Firm.

  • EDUCATION

    J.D., New York University School of Law, 2015

    B.S. in Cognitive Neuroscience, B.A. in Economics, Brown University, 2011

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    New York

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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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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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Nell Peyser
Associate
Nell Peyser is an associate in Brewer Attorney's & Counselor's New York office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    In 2011, Ms. Peyser graduated with honors from Oberlin College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in politics.

    In 2015, Ms. Peyser received her Juris Doctor degree from Cornell Law School.

    During her time at Cornell, Ms. Peyser served as an Articles Editor on the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy. She also worked as an intern at the Children’s Law Center in Brooklyn, New York.

  • EDUCATION

    J.D., Cornell Law School, 2015

    B.A. in politics, Oberlin College, 2011

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    New York

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Preston Postlethwaite
Associate
Preston Postlethwaite is an associate 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

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    New York

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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
Junior Consultant
Arturo Ravelo is a junior consultant 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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Sarah B. Rogers
Senior Associate
Sarah Rogers is a senior associate in the firm’s New York office. 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

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Andrea Sadberry
Manager of Media Relations
Andrea Sadberry 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. 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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Nicole Sauer
Junior Consultant
Nicole Sauer is a junior consultant in Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors’ New York office.
  • GENERAL BACKGROUND

    IIn 2015, Nicole received a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and business law from Boston University Questrom School of Business. She previously worked for the firm as a consulting intern in the summers of 2013 and 2014.

  • EDUCATION

    B.S. in business administration, magna cum laude, Boston University, 2015

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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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Benjamin Siegel
Associate
Benjamin Siegel is an 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
Associate
Austin Smith is an associate 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 Maine School of Law, 2014

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

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    New York

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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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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.

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.

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, 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.


CONTACT US
DALLAS
1717 Main Street
Suite #5900
Dallas, TX 75201
Phone: 214.653.4000
Fax: 214.653.1015

NEW YORK
750 Lexington Avenue
14th Floor
New York, NY 10022
Phone: 212.489.1400
Fax: 212.751.2849

MEDIA INQUIRIES

Travis J. Carter - 214.653.4856 - tcarter@brewerattorneys.com