Brooks Brown is a partner in Goodwin’s Complex Business Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Financial Industry Litigation groups. He specializes in the defense of leading financial services and technology companies in complex consumer finance and privacy class actions, government investigations and enforcement actions, and general civil litigation matters. He also frequently provides compliance advice and litigation risk analysis to financial services, FinTech, technology, healthcare, business-to-consumer (B2C), business-to-business (B2B), and other companies.
Brooks is a member of the firm’s Partnership Committee and the hiring partner for the Washington, D.C. office. He previously served as the co-chair of Goodwin’s Consumer Financial Services group, is a former member of the firm's Data Security and Pro Bono Committees, and previously served as the pro bono partner for the Washington, D.C. office (2011 to 2017). He maintains an active pro bono practice, including advising the board of directors of multiple non-profit entities. Brooks lives in Virginia with his wife and two children.
- Successful defense of numerous putative nationwide and statewide class actions alleging violations of the TCPA
- Successful defense of leading financial services companies in putative national class action alleging violations of RICO and the FHA in the servicing and foreclosure of mortgage loans
- Successful defense of national mortgage lender in MDL proceedings alleging violations of federal and state laws in the origination and servicing of mortgage loans
- Successful defense of national mortgage lender in MDL proceedings alleging violations of federal and state law in the modification of mortgage loans
- Successful defense of financial services company in civil investigation and litigation by numerous district attorneys
- Successful defense of national debt collector and leading technology companies in putative class actions alleging violations of the TCPA and FDCPA
- Successful defense of two national mortgage lenders in putative class actions alleging violations of federal and state fair lending laws
- Successful defense of national mortgage lenders in action alleging violations of the False Claims Act
- Representation of leading financial services company before the Supreme Court, Fourth Circuit and district court in a consumer class action concerning appraisal practices
- Representation of leading financial services company in complex action alleging violations of the FHA arising from the maintenance and marketing of real-estate owned (REO) properties
- Representation of numerous companies in federal and state investigations before the CFPB, FTC, and state attorneys general and district attorneys
Areas of Practice
Brooks is a member of the American Bar Association and other state and local organizations.
Brooks is a former special assistant district attorney for Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He has also served as a faculty member for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education trial practice law seminar.
Boston University School of Law
(cum laude, Managing Editor of the Boston University School of Law Probate Law Journal)
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico
Recognition & Awards
Brooks is top-ranked by Chambers USA for his national work in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Litigation). He is also regularly recognized by The Legal 500 for his work in Financial Services: Litigation.
Brooks has appeared as a speaker at a number of industry conferences and trade association meetings. He is also the co-author of a section of Trial Basics: An Introductory Series for New Trial Lawyers titled "The Conclusion of Trial: Closing Arguments, Jury Instructions, Special Interrogatories, Post Trial Motions and Requests for Findings and Rulings under Rule 52," published by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.
Brooks’s recent speaking engagements include:
- Presenter, “The Supreme Court’s Landmark Business-Friendly TCPA “Autodialer” Definition,” Goodwin Webinar, April 2021
- Speaker, “The Telephone Consumer Protection (TCPA) Litigation Bubble: Evolving Technology, Record-Breaking Settlements and Uncertain Legal Precedent,” ACI's 30th National Forum on Consumer Finance Class Actions and Government Enforcement, July 2018
- Speaker, “Growing TCPA Litigation Trends in the Cannabis Industry,” Goodwin Webinar, August 2020
Brooks’s recent publications include:
- Co-Author, “Mini-TCPA Laws You Should Know and That May Be Coming Soon in 2023,” Goodwin Client Alert, March 10, 2023
- Co-Author, “Florida’s Telephone Solicitation Act Survives First Constitutional Challenge,” Goodwin Client Alert, May 31, 2022
- Co-Author, “Florida Tightens Telemarketing Restrictions In Wake of Duguid Ruling,” Goodwin Client Alert, July 2021
- Co-Author, “Despite Legalization, Cannabis Retailers Still Face Telecom Backlash,” Goodwin Insights, April 2021
- Co-Author, “FCC’S Year-End TCPA Orders Place New Limitations on Automated & Prerecorded Calls,” Goodwin Client Alert, January 2021
- Co-Author, “U.S. Cannabis Companies Texting & Calling Customers Are Growing Targets of Telephone Consumer Protection Act Lawsuits,” Goodwin Client Alert, June 2020
- Co-Author, “D.C. Circuit Rules in Long-Awaited Decision on the TCPA in ACA International V. FCC,” Goodwin Client Alert, March 2018