Brook & Associates opened its doors in 2012. From mid-2013 through the end of 2018, the firm entered into a partnership with the DC-based firm of Clinton & Peed, PLLC, forming Clinton Brook & Peed. As of January 1, 2019, Brook & Associates is again an independent firm.
We at Brook & Associates are focused on representing businesses and the people behind them. We also represent deserving clients in need of our legal services but who cannot afford them on a contingency fee or pro bono basis.
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Brian C. Brook
From working at the prestigious firms of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and Greenberg Traurig LLP to opening his own practice in 2012, Brian has represented clients. He has been involved in numerous cases that received national media attention, including the memorabilia fraud and racketeering lawsuit against Eli Manning and the New York Giants, which received front page billing on the New York Post--twice--and a Sunday feature story in the Washington Post.
Brian has appeared on national and local news channels, both on TV and radio. Other times Brian lets the facts speak for themselves, because he believes that the lawyer's role is to be the advocate, without losing sight of the client, whether in the courtroom or in the press.
The heart of Brian's diverse practice is the trust that he and his clients share. His first client when starting this firm was the former CEO of New York's largest drugstore chain in a federal criminal appeal. Even after losing that appeal, the client stuck with Brian as his lead counsel in subsequent litigation, including successful appeals of his sentence and an arbitration against his former employer. And Brian still represents that client today in other matters.
Since starting his own practice, Brian has handled numerous different litigation matters, including the following:
Won federal jury trial in New York on behalf of former Deputy Director of the Patent and Trademark Office in a contract and patent-ownership dispute against large gaming company.
Represented memorabilia collectors in consumer-fraud, malicious prosecution, and racketeering lawsuit against New York Giants, Quarterback Eli Manning, and several other Giants employees for distributing counterfeit memorabilia and then covering it up, resulting in one client being falsely charged with federal mail fraud.
Represented the families of teenagers, who were killed by members of the U.S. Army while on U.S. soil, in Federal Tort Claims Act suit against the United States.
Argued and won Federal Circuit appeal in patent ownership and licensing dispute in which opposing party attempted to manufacture federal jurisdiction.
Represented former retail CEO in complex arbitration against his former employer.
Defended energy-technology company against claims of fraud, racketeering, and breach of contract filed by two disgruntled investors in federal court in New York.
Represented real estate brokerage firm in a breach of contract and unjust enrichment action to recover an unpaid commission. Negotiated favorable settlement after defendants’ depositions.
Represented directors and shareholders of real-estate development company in a corporate governance dispute with the other directors and shareholders.
Represented former Duane Reade CEO in appeals of convictions and sentence in U.S. Court of Appeals for Second Circuit and Supreme Court; won successive appeals seeking vacatur of parts of restitution award.
Successfully defended Somali government official in three-week federal jury trial against federal charges of piracy on the high seas.
Retained as independent counsel to investigate claim of racial discrimination by supervisor in mid-size company.
DUKE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
J.D., magna cum laude, 2005
Order of the Coif
Duke Law Journal, Notes Editor
Moot Court Board
Mock Trial Board, President & Founder
Federalist Society, Chapter President
Duke Law Drama Society, President
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO
B.S., Biochemistry and Cell Biology, magna cum laude, 2002
Earl Warren College Leadership Award
• New York, New Jersey, District of Columbia
• United States Supreme Court
• U.S. Courts of Appeals: Second, Third, Ninth, D.C. and Federal Circuits
• U.S. District Courts: S.D.N.Y, E.D.N.Y., D.N.J., D.D.C.
Honorable Ernest C. Torres, U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island
•Selected to Super Lawyers’ 2016 Rising Stars for General Litigation in the New York City Metropolitan Area
“Mock” Mock Juries: A Field Experiment of the Ecological Validity of Jury Simulations, 31 Law & Psych. Rev. 77 (2007) (coauthor)
Federalizing the First Responders to Acts of Terrorism via the Militia Clauses, 54 Duke L. J. 999 (2005)
Matt Peed is a litigator whose practice focuses on criminal defense and civil-rights cases in both trial and appellate courts. He has handled dozens of criminal cases, covering a broad range of charges, and he has successfully represented unpopular clients against the government in high-profile cases.
Matt previously practiced at Williams & Connolly, where his work included white-collar criminal defense, complex civil litigation, and patent, civil-rights, and First Amendment matters.
DUKE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
J.D. cum laude
Duke Law Journal, editor
A.B. in Biochemistry cum laude
• District of Columbia
Honorable James Robertson, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia