We're respected by our peers. Brooks is the 2013-2014 president of the Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association, Central Texas's largest association of plaintiff's attorneys. He has served on CATLA's executive committee for several years. Brooks is also proud that his clients have included a number of lawyers or family members of lawyers, those who know quality legal services when they see it.
We also write and speak about the law. Brooks has written or edited a number of different articles and papers about litigation issues. In the last few years, he has given numerous continuing
speeches to lawyers across the state (and country) on issues relating to lawyer ethics and uninsured/underinsured motorist claims.
Brooks is a diehard Longhorn. He graduated from the prestigious University of Texas Business Honors Program in 1992 and received his J.D. with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 1995.
Brooks is also very active in the community. On the legal side, he has served on numerous public service committees, such as the Austin Young Lawyers Association, Austin Bar Association and the Texas Young Lawyers Association.
He also stays busy outside the legal field. He is proud to be a founder and initial board member of Free Store Austin (opened in 2013), an outreach of the United Methodist Church, and to be a founder and initial board member of Justice For Our Neighbors-Austin (opened in 2014), a legal clinic that provides free or low-cost legal services to immigrants.
Brooks is also an active volunteer for many organizations, including the Seedling Foundation, which provides mentors to children whose parents are incarcerated. For the last eleven years, Brooks has served as a mentor, spending one lunch hour per week during the school year meeting with his mentees.
Brooks has also helped set up and serve in the First United Methodist Church Pickle Elementary Book "Sale". Brooks and his wife helped start and still actively volunteer in the program, which collects books and distributes them to children at Pickle Elementary in East Austin. Over the years, the program has distributed over 40,000 books to the kids. Brooks has been at ever distribution day except one (due to an uncooperative defense lawyer).
Brooks is also the current United Methodist Church Austin District Lay Leader, helping oversee the 60+ United Methodist churches in the Austin area. As part of that work, he has worked extensively on mission projects both in Austin and around the world, including helping to create a long-term partnership with a health clinic and school in the West African village of Diecke, Guinea.
In the past, Brooks has served on the board of directors for the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve,including serving two terms as president of the board. He is also an alumnus of Leadership Austin (Class of 2006).
Brooks and his wife have two children, Kennedy and Ryan. They have a well-loved dog. He can often be found coaching youth sports activities or watching dance recitals.