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B. TYLER BROOKS

Tyler Brooks

Tyler Brooks serves as Special Counsel to the Chicago-based Thomas More Society in addition to maintaining his own law practice in North Carolina. He has litigated numerous cases involving free speech, religious liberty, and individual rights. He has also frequently represented clients in complex business litigation, serious personal injury and wrongful death cases, employment disputes, and bankruptcy matters, as well as in estate planning. As a result, Tyler has acquired extensive experience, including litigation experience in courts around the country.

In the course of representing his clients, Tyler has been interviewed by various journalists and media outlets, including Fox News at Night with Shannon Bream, Todd Starnes of Fox News Radio, Bloomberg News, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, American Family Radio, Divine Mercy Radio Catholic 540-AM, Church Militant, and the Wall Street Journal.

Before starting his own practice, Tyler worked for six years, first as an associate attorney and then partner, at a civil litigation firm based in Raleigh, North Carolina. He later practiced with a financial services law firm after serving as Senior Trial Counsel with a national, non-profit public interest organization. Additionally, he has worked at a business law firm in Raleigh, where he primarily provided litigation support to a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee. Since 2019, he has been an Adjunct Professor at Trinity International University's Trinity Law School, and he previously served as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Memphis School of Law.

Tyler has been named a “Rising Star” by SuperLawyers for multiple years and was selected as a North Carolina SuperLawyer in 2021. He was named to the North Carolina Pro Bono Honorary Society in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 and named to the South Carolina Pro Bono Honor Roll in 2019 and 2020.

A Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and Past President of the Eastern District of North Carolina Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Tyler previously served on both the Section Council of the North Carolina Bar Association's Appellate Practice Section and the NCBA's Appellate Rules Committee.

Tyler graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Latin with Departmental Honors. At Wake Forest, he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and received the M.D. Phillips Prize in Classical Languages. He received his J.D. in 2006 from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he served on the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law as an Articles Editor. He further holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in Taxation with a Certificate in Estate Planning from Villanova University's Graduate Tax Program, through which he also completed advanced course work in ERISA and employee benefits law.

Following his graduation from Vanderbilt, Tyler served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Walter C. Kurtz, a trial court judge in Nashville and later Senior Judge for the State of Tennessee. He then clerked for the Honorable Bernice Bouie Donald, who was then a United States District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee and who now sits on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Tyler has published many legal articles and has moderated or taught several continuing legal education programs, particularly on the topics of civil and appellate procedure.

A native of Greensboro, Tyler is admitted to practice law in the States of North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Michigan as well as numerous federal courts. He resides in Cary and attends St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Apex. He is a member of the FSSP's Confraternity of St. Peter and the Confraternity of Our Lady of Fatima.

Education:

Villanova University School of Law - LL.M. in Taxation

  • Graduate Certificate in Estate Planning

Vanderbilt University Law School - J.D.

  • Articles Editor, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law

  • Scholastic Excellence Award in Evidence

  • Scholastic Excellence Award in Corporations & Business Entities

  • Extern, U.S. District Judge Thomas A. Wiseman, Jr., Middle District of Tennessee

  • Intern, Judge Richard A. Elmore, North Carolina Court of Appeals

  • Research Assistant, Prof. Nancy J. King, Federal Habeas Research Project

Wake Forest University - B.A. in Latin

  • Degree Awarded summa cum laude with Departmental Honors

  • Phi Beta Kappa

  • M.D. Phillips Prize in Classical Languages

  • Eta Sigma Phi (Classics Honor Society)

  • Golden Key International Honour Society

  • George Foster Hankins Scholarship

Judicial Clerkships:

  • Law Clerk, U.S. District Judge Bernice B. Donald, Western District of Tennessee

  • Law Clerk, Senior Judge for the State of Tennessee Walter C. Kurtz

  • Law Clerk, Judge Walter C. Kurtz, Fifth Circuit Court for Davidson County (Tenn.)

Honors:

  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation

  • North Carolina Pro Bono Honorary Society

  • South Carolina Pro Bono Honor Roll

  • North Carolina SuperLawyers (2021)

  • North Carolina SuperLawyers "Rising Star" (2016, 2017, 2018 & 2020)

Memberships:

  • Catholic Bar Association

  • Federalist Society

  • North Carolina Bar Association - Appellate Practice Section

  • North Carolina Supreme Court Historical Society

  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) - Privacy Bar Section

  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys

  • Catholic Medical Association (Attorney Member)

  • Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights

  • Wake County Bar Association