Brooks Schuelke is a partner at Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP, an Austin, Texas law firm that focuses on
serious personal injury, wrongful death and accident claims.
WHY CHOOSE US?
1) We're respected by our peers, other lawyers who know quality lawyers. For example, Brooks's peers elected him as the 2013-2014 president of the Capital Area Trial Lawyers' Association, Central Texas's largest association of plaintiff's attorneys (those who represent injury victims). We've also had the pleasure of being chosen to represent other attorneys or their family members. Finally, he has received the Martindale Hubbell AV rating, a testament to the fact that his lawyer peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence and ethics.
2) A significant portion of Brooks's prior work experience was representing claimants in legal malpractice claims -- suing lawyers for their mistakes. This gives Brooks a unique perspective on lawyers' common mistakes, and more importantly, ways to avoid them.
3) Brooks also cares about his clients and the community. Anyone can say this, but few can show it. But Brooks can. For example, for the last several years, he has been one of the founders working on creating an Austin "Free Store" --- a United Methodist Church ministry designed to bring people of different backgrounds together. The permanent Free Store opened in April 2013, and in its first year, it served and created a community of over 2,500 families in East Austin. Additionally, for the last two to three years, he has been one of the founders working to bring a Justice For Our Neighbors immigration clinic to Austin. That clinic opened in April 2014 and is helping provide free or low cost legal services to immigrants in the Austin area. These services are focused on efforts to keep families together. Brooks has served in many other capacities, including as serving as president of the Board of Directors of the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve for several terms.
WE'RE PROUD OF OUR RESULTS
In 2014, we represented a pedestrian who was walking on his job site when he was hit by a car driven by a temporary worker. Because it was an on-the-job injury and he was hit by a co-worker, all of the potential defendants denied coverage. But we kept up the fight. After our creative lawyering, we were able to resolve the case so that our client netted over $212,000 after payment of attorneys' fees and case expenses.
In 2013, we represented a husband whose wife and two other women were killed in a tragic car wreck. The case included claims against the driver, the vehicle's manufacturer, a trucking company, an engineering firm who designed the roadway, the general contractor who performed work on the road, the paving company who was a subcontractor for that work, the Texas Department of Transportation, and others. The case involved a number of complicated legal issues. After payment of attorneys' fees and expenses, our client recovered $992,663.75. While the amounts of all the settlements were confidential, we believe that this sum was much higher than the recovery made by the other two families, who were represented by another law firm.
We're also proud of the fact that we've been able to help clients when other lawyers said they couldn't help. For example, among many other claims, we have obtained significant recoveries for clients who had previous lawyers who didn't really help them in automobile wrecks, bicycle accidents, on-the-job injuries, and one trip and fall case where the prior lawyer sat on the case for TEN years.
All Texas State Courts
United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
University of Texas Business Honors Program, 1992
University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors, 1995
Professional Associations & Memberships
Mr. Schuelke has served on numerous Austin Young Lawyers Association, Austin Bar Association and Texas Young Lawyers Association public service committees. In addition, he is active in the community. His public service includes having served on the board of directors for the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve, including serving two terms as president of the board, and currently serving on the administrative board of the First United Methodist Church in Austin. He is also an alumnus of Leadership Austin.
Honors and Awards
Finalist, Austin 40 Under 40 awards for law
Volunteer Legal Services, Judge Joe Hart award (firm award)