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Oklahoma City, OK 73116

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Michael L. Brooks

Attorney at Law

Michael became a partner with the firm in 2016. Before joining the firm, Michael spent four and a half years with a large Oklahoma City law firm, where his practice focused on appeals and complex commercial litigation. Michael also served as a law clerk to the Honorable David M. Ebel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit during the 2010–11 term. Michael previously taught civil practice and procedure as an adjunct professor at the Oklahoma City University School of Law. He is currently the Oklahoma representative on the Tenth Circuit Appellate Criminal Justice Act Standing Committee.


Education
 

  • University of Oklahoma College of Law — J.D., with highest honors (2010)

       o  Editor-in-Chief, Oklahoma Law Review

       o  Order of the Coif

       o  Nathan Scarritt Prize for the graduate with the highest academic record

       o  Joel Jankowsky Award for the outstanding graduate

       o  Fifteen American Jurisprudence Awards for the highest grade in a class

  • University of Oklahoma — B.A. in Political Science, summa cum laude (2006)


Bar Admissions
 

  • U.S. Supreme Court

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

  • All U.S. District Courts in Oklahoma

  • All Oklahoma State Courts
     

Professional Associations and Memberships
 

  • Past Chair, Oklahoma Bar Association Appellate Practice Section

  • Barrister, William J. Holloway, Jr. American Inn of Court

  • Pro Bono Representative, Federal Bar Association — Oklahoma City Chapter

  • American Bar Association

  • Oklahoma County Bar Association

  • American Association for Justice

 

Honors, Awards, and Rankings

 

  • Selected by Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in Appellate Practice (2014 - 2019)

 

Public Service

 

  • Represented indigent criminal defendants on appeal as a member of the Tenth Circuit Appellate Criminal Justice Act Panel

  • Accepts pro bono appointments in civil-rights cases in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma

 

Representative Cases

 

  • Gutteridge v. Oklahoma, 878 F.3d 1233 (10th Cir. 2018) — secured reversal of district-court order granting summary judgment in favor of state agency on disabled foster child's tort claim

  • United States v. Titties, 852 F.3d 1257 (10th Cir. 2017) — Criminal Justice Act appointment; won reversal of 188-month prison sentence imposed under the Armed Career Criminal Act

  • Musket Corp. v. Star Fuel of Oklahoma, LLC, 606 F. App’x 439 (10th Cir. 2015) — obtained reversal of district-court order vacating $1.67 million jury verdict on fuel wholesaler’s claim for breach of contract against fuel retailer; successfully defended jury verdict of more than $400,000 on wholesaler’s claims for fraud, constructive fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets, and unfair competition

  • Hamilton v. Oklahoma City University, 563 F. App’x 597 (10th Cir. 2014) — secured affirmance of summary judgment in favor of university on adjunct professor’s claim of sex discrimination arising out of university’s selection of different candidate for full‑time, tenure-track position

  • Musket Corp. v. Star Fuel of Oklahoma, LLC, No. CIV-11-444-M, 2016 WL 1057800 (W.D. Okla. Mar. 14, 2016) — obtained award of attorney’s fees and related expenses totaling nearly $1 million on behalf of fuel wholesaler who prevailed against fuel retailer at trial and on appeal

  • Burns v. State of Florida, Department of Legal Affairs, 147 So. 3d 95 (Fla. 5th DCA 2014) — won reversal of trial-court order authorizing county sheriff to seize and pursue forfeiture action against financial accounts worth more than $80 million; obtained award of appellate attorney’s fees based on sheriff’s failure to act in good faith

 

Publications

 

  • Timing is Everything: Post-Judgment Motions and the Time for Appeal in Federal Civil Cases, 84 Okla. B.J. 2130 (Oct. 12, 2013) > Read the full article

  • Uncharted Waters: The Supreme Court Plots the Course to a Constitutional Bright-Line Restriction on Punitive Awards in Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker, 62 Okla. L. Rev. 497 (2010) > Read the full article

    • Judge John R. Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing, National Runner-up

 

Presentations

 

  • "Case Studies of Pro Bono Representation," The Pro Bono Civil Rights Panel for the Western District of Oklahoma: An Introduction and Overview (Apr. 30, 2019)

  • "Case Studies of Pro Bono Representation," The Pro Bono Civil Rights Panel for the Western District of Oklahoma: An Introduction and Overview (Dec. 1, 2017)

  • "Civil Rights Cases," Federal Bar Association Tenth Circuit Year in Review (Dec. 29, 2016)

  • “Civil Rights Cases,” Federal Bar Association Tenth Circuit Year in Review (Dec. 29, 2015)

  • “Civil Rights Cases,” Federal Bar Association Tenth Circuit Year in Review (Dec. 30, 2014)

  • “Appellate Advocacy: Ten Tips for Creating an ‘Aura of Credibility,’” Oklahoma County Bar Association Las Vegas Seminar (Mar. 27, 2014)

  • “Inside the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit: Perspectives of a Former Law Clerk,” Oklahoma Bar Association Appellate Practice Section Meeting (Dec. 7, 2012)

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