Why would you want to hire us?
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, Brooks has given numerous continuing education speeches to lawyers across the state (and country) on issues relating to lawyer ethics and uninsured/underinsured motorist claims.
Our experience also makes us different. A significant portion of Brooks’s prior practice was devoted to legal malpractice claims — suing lawyers when they screw up. This gives us a much different perspective on what it means to provide quality legal services and to serve clients.
Brooks is also very active in the community. On the legal side, he has served on numerous Austin Young Lawyers Association, Austin Bar Association and Texas Young Lawyers Association public service committees.
Brooks 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 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 help 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 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 and his wife have two children, Kennedy and Ryan. They have a dog and chickens (though Brooks still can’t believe that’s true). Brooks can often be found coaching youth sports activities or watching dance recitals.
You can connect with Brooks on:
- Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/brooks.schuelke
- Twitter at @bschuelke
- LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/brooksschuelke
You can download Brooks’s resume Resume – 2013
You can learn more about Brooks and the firm through our newsletters:
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- December 2011
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- December 2012
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- November 2013
Mark Perlmutter, of counsel to the firm, has practiced as a trial lawyer for over twenty-five years, successfully representing clients in personal injury, legal and medical malpractice, employment, business, and class action litigation. He’s also been mediating cases in those areas for over 15 years. He’s been teaching at the University of Texas School of Law for a decade. He’s served as President of the Travis County Bar Association, the Austin Young Lawyers Association, and Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas. He has also taught in UT’s elite undergraduate honors program for four years, where he was one of UT’s highest-rated professors and received a teaching award from the University of Texas Liberal Arts Council. Mark’s courses, Trialmasters and Managing Human Differences, focus on personal and professional development, and instill in students powerful persuasion, negotiation, and listening skills along with a sense of purpose, ethics, and integrity.
Mark has been honored both as a legal innovator by The Texas Lawyer and as a “Superlawyer” by Law & Politics Magazine.
He has chaired the State Bar of Texas Professionalism Committee, served on the State Bar’s Texas Disciplinary Rules Committee, the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors, and helped author the Texas Lawyers Creed. Mark is also a co-producer of Lifetime Television’s Scared Silent, a movie based on a case in which he represented five women who were sexually assaulted by a deputy sheriff.
His education includes a bachelor of science in communication from Northwestern University, a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, and (current) course work towards a Masters degree in counseling psychology at Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area Campus. He has also received training in Systems Centered Therapy® for over seven years and has been certified as a Group Facilitator by M. Scott Peck’s Foundation for Community Encouragement.
He is the author of Why Lawyers (and the rest of us) Lie and Engage in Other Repugnant Behavior, a book about the courage to look inwardly in order to more effectively resolve conflict.
Mark has been coaching students and private clients since 2002.