Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors—formerly Bickel & Brewer—paints itself as the type of high-powered, bet-the-bank commercial litigation firm you would see on prime time. And perhaps it's a fitting image: the firm's commercial litigation and dispute resolution experts represent some of the nation's biggest oil and gas, real estate and technology firms in high-stakes cases.
Ruffling Feathers in Dallas
Founded in 1984, Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors quickly developed a reputation for what the New York Times then referred to as a “bare-knuckles” approach to litigation. The firm’s legal team is not afraid to take on complex commercial litigation battles, and its no-holds-barred approach to litigation has earned grudging admiration from its competitors.
Brewer takes its talent pool seriously, and with first-year salaries set at a whopping $185,000, the firm can afford to be selective. Many of its attorneys have backgrounds in technical fields like biology and chemistry. The firm also employs a group of in-house litigation consultants, and even formed its own in-house investigation group, staffed by former FBI agents.
Dressing for Power
Bucking the business casual trend, Brewer snubs any form of dressing down. Noting that even the mailroom clerks wear suits and ties, the Wall Street Journal once recognized firm co-founder and three-button suit aficionado Bill Brewer as one of the legal industry’s most committed “power dressers,” a la Gordon Gecko. Brewer told the Journal that “high-powered lawyers” should “look like high powered lawyers.”
Whether it will be hailed as a prophet or apocalyptic horseman for its pioneering move of legal outsourcing remains to be seen, but in 1995 Brewer opened an office in Hyderabad, India at which employees scan, code, index and abstract documents. The practice was reportedly so successful that the firm created an independent company to handle even more of the firm’s work abroad. While some of the outsourced tasks do not require law degrees, the subsidiary has recently hired attorneys in India to help Brewer sort through extensive information in some big-ticket cases at a much cheaper hourly rate.
IN THE NEWS
Brewer Named to Litigation Boutiques "Hot List"
Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors (formerly Bickel & Brewer) has been recognized by The National Law Journal as one of the nation's leading boutique law firms. In a recent cover story, "Relentless, Focused, Choosy," the NLJ profiled the firm and its unique approach to high-stakes advocacy. The NLJ reported that the firm has a "penchant for matter with a lot of money and business at stake, groundbreaking legal issues or big public policy questions." Speaking of the firm's advocacy model and record of success, another attorney commented, "They're just thorough, competent and somewhat unrelenting."
Brewer Continues Success in TX Voting Rights ActCases
The Texas Lawbook recently profiled Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors, for its commitment to community-impact litigation. The firm founded its community service affiliate, the Brewer Storefront, in 1995 and, since that time, has successfully represented "the rights of ethnic minorities who feel Texas municipalities are violating the federal Voting Rights Act..." Over the past several years, the Storefront has successfully handled VRA cases against the City of Irving, Irving Independent School District, the City of Farmers Branch, and Grand Prairie
Firm Shows Pro Bono Stamina
The Texas Lawyer recently named Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors as one of its 2015 “Texas Litigation Departments of the Year.” A profile story in connection with the honor noted the firm’s landmark victory challenging an unconstitutional “immigration ordinance” adopted in the City of Farmer’s Branch, Texas. In a case that captured national headlines, the firm waged an eight-year campaign to challenge the ordinance in the courtroom—and court of public opinion. Firm partner William A. Brewer III noted that final outcome and Texas Lawyer recognition were a compliment to the entire firm. “At one point or another, virtually every single person in the office worked on that case,” he said.
4800 Bank One Center
1717 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75201
Phone: (214) 653-4000
Employer Type: Private
Managing Partner: William A. Brewer III
Total No. Attorneys 2014: 30
1st year: $185,000
Summer associate: $2,300/week
Dallas, TX (HQ)
New York, NY
Antitrust & Trade Regulation Law
General Contract & Business Torts Law
Hotel & Hospitality Law
Intellectual Property Law
New Technology & E-Commerce Law
Oil & Gas Law
Real Estate Law