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After graduating with double honors from Plano East Senior High in 1991, Brooks won a National Merit Commended Scholar award in recognition of his SAT score, and subsequently won several academic scholarships and awards before graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a B.S. in Comparative Politics and a Minor in French. He completed his French studies with a Certificat de Langue Française from the Sorbonne University in Paris.
Brooks then went to the University of Houston Law Center. While pursuing his legal education, he had the opportunity to attend the Tulane University Summer Study Program in Greece, where Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was a featured course professor.
Brooks was licensed to practice law in February of 1999, and at that time he commenced his employment with Klein & Pollack, LLP. With the exception of 5 months, Brooks worked at Klein & Pollack until October of 2002, where he handled all varieties of contractual disputes, in addition to the drafting and litigating of various business entity and employment agreements, commercial and residential real estate transactions, business entity formation, mechanic's and materialmen's liens, payment and performance bonds, guardianship proceedings and adoption proceedings, and complex Cy Pres and ERISA probate litigation suits.
From August through December of 2000, Brooks worked at the nationally lauded Dallas Plaintiffs' law firm of Waters & Kraus, LLP. While with Waters & Kraus, he managed more than 30 asbestos-litigation cases. Nearly all of these cases had a final settlement and/or judgment value of over One Million Dollars and additionally involved the taking of numerous depositions around the United States.
In October of 2002, Brooks left the employ of Klein & Pollack to form Anderson & Anderson, LLP with his brother Bradley. On January 7, 2003, he successfully defended his client in a Forty Thousand Dollar ($40,000) Non-Jury business litigation trial in his first trial after leaving Klein & Pollack. Brooks has since successfully completed the following transactions: Structured a One Million Two Hundred Thousand Dollar ($1,200,000) business stock sale; Formed a Single-Purpose Limited Liability Company to assume a Six Hundred Thousand Dollar ($600,000) Securitized Loan; Drafted a Five Hundred Forty Five Thousand Dollar ($545,000) Investment Package and Asset Purchase Agreement for the purchaser of a very well-known and over 30-year old restaurant in Dallas; Settled a Two Hundred Twenty Five Thousand Dollar ($225,000) General Partnership dispute for a well-reviewed Asian Fusion Restaurant located in North Dallas; Drafted a One Hundred Twelve Thousand Dollar ($112,000) Asset Purchase Agreement for the purchaser of a large Mexican restaurant in the Lower Greenville area; Drafted a One Hundred Thousand Dollar ($100,000) Asset Purchase Agreement Package for the purchaser of a well-known Night Club in Dallas; negotiated Nick Badovinus' Separation Agreement from The Consilient Group; drafted Chef Nick Badovinus' Legal Paperwork for the formation of the critically-acclaimed Neighborhood Services; negotiated Chef Joel Harloff's Separation Agreement from The Landmark Restaurant at The Melrose Hotel; drafted Chef Brian Luscher's Legal Paperwork for the formation of The Grape; created the National Franchising Plan for D'Vine Wine, Your Place or Mine, a Canadian based on-premise wine making outfit and other franchising plans for small businesses including Play 'N Trade, in addition to forming all manner of business entities. Brooks also routinely interfaces with the TABC and the Joe LaBarba Permit Company on behalf of his bar and restaurant clients, resulting in a much more economical application process.
Due to the time constraints imposed in him by Veritas Wine Room, Brooks has narrowed his practice to all aspects related to Bars, Restaurants, Chefs and Food/Drink-related franchising, including but not limited to the following:
- Entity Formation
- Management of Investor Relations for Concepts seeking funds
- All document drafting which may be required to open a Bar/Restaurant/Franchise
- Lease Negotiations with Landlords
- Interfacing with the TABC on the behalf of clients seeking to acquire a TABC License
- Consulting regarding all aspects of Bar and Restaurant concepting, formation and management.
In June of 2008, Brooks and Bradley opened Veritas Wine Room. You can read more about Veritas Wine Room here.
Brooks and his brother Bradley were part-owners of Tarantino's Deep Ellum and The Puppet Lounge, a restaurant venture for which they provided legal assistance, concept development assistance and manual labor.
Brooks is the former Restaurant Reviewer and Food and Drink Writer for WildonDallas.com, a Dallas-based website focusing on Dallas clubs, bars and restaurants. The website has 20,000 members and receives approximately 80,000 hits per month.
Brooks is also the former Restaurant Reviewer and Food and Drink Writer for Sports Page Weekly, a Dallas-based free weekly newspaper with a circulation of 20,000 copies per week. Brooks has also written several NFL, Dallas Cowboys and Fantasy Football articles for the same publication. Some of these articles have been Cover Stories, including the 2007 Fantasy Football Preview, the 2007 NFL Preview and the 2007 Dallas Cowboys Preview. Said articles can be found online at www.sportspage-dallas-ftworth.com.
Brooks also regularly accompanied Dave Faries, the author of The Dallas Observer's Burning Question, on his story-writing ventures. Dave regularly quoted Brooks in his Burning Question Column. Brooks also accompanied Dave on his review of Nick & Sam's. Dave, now the Restaurant Critic for the Dallas Observer, regularly quotes brooks on the Dallas Observer City of Ate Food Blog.
Brooks accompanied the nationally-recognized Head Restaurant Critic for the Dallas Morning News Dotty Griffith on approximately 30 food reviews, reviewing such restaurants as Lanny's Alta Cocina, Hibuscus, The French Room, Yutaka, Fuse, Hector's on Henderson, Ferré and Fearing's.
Brooks was one of 4 judges for the 4th and 5th Annual Great Texas Steak Cookoff, one of the largest Steak Cookoffs in Texas. He has been invited to return as a judge for the 6th Annual Great Texas Steak Cookoff.
Brooks formerly held the position of Chair of Retail/Wholesale Events for the Dallas Convivium of Slow Foods.
In April 2008, Brooks earned his Level I Introductory Sommelier Certificate from the Court of Master Sommeliers. Brooks is currently studying to take the Exam for the Level II Certified Sommelier Certificate which he hopes to take in October 2009.
In addition, Brooks is proud to announce that Time Magazine picked him, along with several billion other people, Person of the Year for 2006.
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