Law & Appellate
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 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.
Served as lead attorney for two of the defendants in a multi-week hearing in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York that resulted in a favorable ruling from the Court denying the State’s request for an injunction. As part of the representation, exposed how a witness for the State created a fake Facebook page to secretly monitor the defendants; personally appeared in segment on Shannon Bream’s Fox News at Night to discuss the case.
Member of the legal team that represented the Governor of North Carolina and other parties in high-profile constitutional litigation prompted by the U.S. Department of Justice's and ACLU’s efforts to overturn a recently-enacted state law.
Member of the legal team that prosecuted First Amendment lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina to challenge actions taken by the City of Charlotte that interfered with a ministry's activities.
Member of the legal team that sued the City of Greensboro in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina for using COVID “lockdown” orders to prevent the exercise of core First Amendment activities. After filing of the suit, the City changed its practices.
Member of the legal team that represented the State of Tennessee, the Tennessee General Assembly, and two of its members in suing the federal government to challenge federal policies that violated the Tenth Amendment.
Obtained dismissal of all claims against a former Congressman, who was wrongfully sued for defamation in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia.
Represented plaintiffs in federal district court in New Jersey and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in challenging restrictions on speech imposed by their town government for a special township committee meeting.
Represented group of Wake County, North Carolina, parents in challenging school system practices that involved invasive questioning of students in the classroom about deeply personal issues, including family life.
Served as counsel for several scholars from George Mason University's Mercatus Center in filing amicus curiae brief in state court to support an Institute for Justice challenge to North Carolina’s certificate of need laws.
Authored amicus curiae brief filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit that defended a religious accommodation created by state statute.
Authored amicus curiae brief filed in the North Carolina Court of Appeals arguing that the opponents of a statewide referendum lacked standing to sue.
Assisted with protection of students' federal civil rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) during COVID school closures.
Author or co-author of several briefs filed at the U.S. Supreme Court.
Regularly provide representation to churches and ministries regarding matters of internal governance.
Frequently represent employees in making requests for religious accommodations from their employers and in filing charges of discrimination with the EEOC.
B. Tyler Brooks
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
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.)
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)
Catholic Bar Association
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) - Privacy Bar Section
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
North Carolina Bar Association - Appellate Practice and Bankruptcy Law Sections
Wake County Bar Association
Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Eastern North Carolina
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
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