Q: What University did you attend?
BROOKE: I went to the University of Cincinnati for undergrad and was fortunate enough to study abroad in Tokyo, Japan through Temple University where I studied Japanese Politics. I graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and then went to Nova Southeastern University, in Florida for my J.D. in law.
Q: Why do you have so much love for the law?
BROOKE: I love the idea that as a lawyer I have the ability and the power to be a check on the system. To make sure that ALL of the players play by the rules provided by the United States Constitution. The most rewarding part of my job is when my client gets a second chance at life after a jury finds him not guilty; when my clients family is rewarded with a large settlement to make their lives easier; or when a mother or father is granted custody of their child.
Q: What motivated you to become an attorney?
BROOKE: When I was in high school, I had my own run in with the law and I had been exposed to the system for the first time. Although it was a challenging time, it changed my life for the better and made me realize how important the judicial process is. Also, my father who passed away in 2005, had completed two out of three years of law school and then dropped out; being an attorney was not only my dream but an unfinished dream of my fathers.
Q: What type of law do you practice?
BROOKE: I consider myself a litigator of the law and am most comfortable in front of a jury. I started my trial career as a criminal attorney, litigating cases in both the state and federal sectors; however my litigation experience has taken me to other legal forums such as civil courts and family courts.
Q: In what counties in New Jersey do you practice?
BROOKE: I practice all over the state, including Union, Passaic, Hudson, Morris, Monmouth, Ocean, Bergen, Middlesex, Sussex, Warren and Essex county; however I will go wherever the case takes me.
Q: I understand you were part of a documentary called Brick City. Why did you choose to be a part of it?
BROOKE: Brick City for me was more then just a documentary or a real life drama, it was a case study of real life human interactions. Representing both Jayda Joques and Jiwe Morris was an emotional and rewarding experience. This documentary truly memorialized the attorney client relationship. The journey that both the lawyer and the client go through, while experiencing the unpredictability of what the system can throw at you. Being a lawyer is one of the oldest and most noble professions, that I am forever proud to be a part of.
Q: I understand that you are in the process of filming a documentary for Participant Media. How did this come about?
BROOKE: Yes, I am very excited about this project. The firm has been filming, Jersey Strong, since January 2013. I don’t want to give too much away, but so far the experience has been amazing and a bit challenging. The show will premier on Participants’s new channel Pivot.back
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