Brotherton Law Firm
35 years ago, William J. Brotherton was working as a railroad brakeman for Burlington Northern in North Dakota. Today, the firm he started almost 20 years ago as a solo has grown to a six attorney firm, with plans to grow larger, and has expanded to Dallas.
The Brotherton Law Firm focuses on handling complex civil litigation, for both individuals and companies. The Firm’s corporate base includes international energy companies, appraisal districts, insurance carriers and companies that seek Texas counsel for a variety of litigation. Brotherton’s eclectic background also spurs the Firm’s growth; in addition to his railroading, he taught environmental law for 12 years at TCU, served on Flower Mound’s Planning & Zoning Commission for six years, and has worked as a gallery guard at the Masters for the last 10 years. He plays at Augusta National every year, a benefit of being a volunteer.
Many of the Firm’s cases are unique. Brotherton has traveled to London, the Bahamas, and Toronto to represent clients, and he was hired to spend two weeks in the rain forests of Costa Rica to locate land to build Eco-tourist lodging. He’s been involved in presidential politics as part of legal teams – he worked in New Hampshire for the 2012 election, and prior elections sent him to Colorado and Florida.
He successfully defended the Museum of the American Railroad when it was accused of trespassing -- for 50 years, and now serves as its general counsel. He writes frequently on railroad issues, and his book, Burlington Northern Adventures: Railroading in the Days of the Caboose, is in its second printing and sells all over the world. His next book is about growing up in small town Atlanta.
Brotherton attributes the firm’s growth to a rock solid client base and good old-fashioned customer service. “We always have a friendly live person answer our phone – none of that Press one for William Brotherton. We make sure we keep our clients informed. A native of South Carolina, Brotherton also believes in being collegial to fellow attorneys. “It’s amazing to me how rude an unfortunate number of attorneys can be – it’s just not necessary to be an effective attorney”, he said. As a result, the Firm gets referrals from other attorneys, even former opposing counsel. “Our business thrives on referrals, and many of our clients have been with us from the very beginning”, he added.
For additional information about the Firm, contact Amanda Burris at 972-317-8700.