B. TYLER BROOKS
Tyler Brooks is an experienced lawyer, who has represented state governments, elected officials, large and small businesses, nonprofit organizations, churches and ministries, and numerous individuals around the country in the course of his career. Over the years, he has been involved in many high-profile and significant cases.
Tyler established the Law Office of B. Tyler Brooks, PLLC, in 2018 with a focus on providing representation to individuals and others in the areas of estate planning and elder law, constitutional law and civil rights litigation, business and employment law, and appellate advocacy. He also represents religious and nonprofit organizations on issues unique to these types of institutions.
A core mission of our firm is helping individuals protect their hard-earned property while still receiving the best possible health care as they age. In the area of wills, trusts, and estate planning, Tyler assists individuals with the full range of issues that they often confront in protecting their assets and planning for their futures, whether that means drafting a basic will or performing more complex forms of estate planning.
As a recognized constitutional law and civil rights attorney, Tyler litigates cases against governments as well as private employers for violation of his clients' rights. For example, he is currently representing a ministry in its challenge to the unconstitutional laws and actions of local officials and has represented employees who have been discriminated against because of their religious beliefs.
Before starting his own firm, Tyler served as Senior Trial Counsel with a nationally-known public interest law firm that concentrates in religious liberty cases. During his time there, he litigated cases against the U.S. Department of Justice, the State of New York, private employers, and local governments. One of his notable cases included representing the State of Tennessee, the Tennessee General Assembly, and two of its members in suing to challenge federal policies that violated the Tenth Amendment.
In another prominent case, Tyler served as lead counsel for two of thirteen sidewalk counselors during a multi-week preliminary injunction hearing in which the Attorney General of New York unsuccessfully fought to stop the counselors from exercising their First Amendment rights. Another victory occurred when Tyler won a motion that dismissed all claims asserted against his client, a former Congressman who was wrongfully sued for defamation.
During the prior six years of his career, Tyler was an associate attorney and then partner at a civil litigation firm based in Raleigh. In that position, Tyler regularly represented railroads and other large corporations in serious personal injury cases and handled various types of business and employment litigation in North and South Carolina. Furthermore, he was part of the legal team that represented the Governor of North Carolina and others in high-profile constitutional litigation against claims brought by the U.S. Department of Justice and ACLU.
In the course of representing his clients, Tyler has been interviewed by numerous local and national media outlets, including Fox News at Night with Shannon Bream, Todd Starnes of Fox News Radio, Bloomberg News, Church Militant, Baptist Press, American Family Radio, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, and the Wall Street Journal.
Before entering private practice, Tyler was a judicial law clerk to 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. He also taught at the University of Memphis School of Law and served two years as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Walter C. Kurtz, a highly respected Tennessee state court judge.
A native of Greensboro, Tyler graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University with 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.
Tyler received his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was an Articles Editor on the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law and he received Scholastic Excellence Awards in Evidence as well as Corporations & Business Entities. He also served as a research assistant to Prof. Nancy J. King in conducting a study of habeas corpus petitions that was cited in a recent U.S. Supreme Court opinion. More recently, Tyler obtained an LL.M. in Taxation with a Certificate in Estate Planning through Villanova University Law School's Graduate Tax Program.
A 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. He is also an adjunct professor at Trinity International University's Trinity Law School.
Tyler is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a global honorary society of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars whose membership is limited to one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Moreover, he was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2020. He was named to the North Carolina Pro Bono Honorary Society in 2017, 2018, and 2019 and the South Carolina Pro Bono Honor Roll for 2019.
Villanova University Law School - LL.M. in Taxation (2020)
Certificate in Estate Plannning
Vanderbilt University Law School - J.D. (2006)
Articles Editor, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law
Scholastic Excellence Award in Evidence
Scholastic Excellence Award in Corporations & Business Entities
Wake Forest University - B.A. in Latin (2003)
Degree Awarded summa cum laude with Departmental Honors
Phi Beta Kappa
Eta Sigma Phi
M.D. Phillips Prize in Classical Languages
Bar and Court Admissions:
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
U.S. Tax Court
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
American Bankruptcy Institute
Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies
Christian Legal Society
Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Eastern North Carolina