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Mitch Templeton

Mitch was raised in the heart of the East Texas Piney Woods. After completing his business degree at The University of Texas, he married his high school sweetheart and continued his education at The University of Houston Law Center. His familiarity with the people of Southeast Texas enables him to understand and relate to juries at all levels of the decision-making process. As a result, insurers have called on Mitch to try cases in virtually every courthouse between Houston and Longview. Mitch was the first AV-rated attorney in the firm, and for good reason. His individual and corporate clients are well-served by his practical experience and his innate ability to try difficult cases in venues across East and Southeast Texas. He has been practicing law since 1991.

Education:
  • University of Texas at Austin, BBA 1986
  • University of Houston Law Center, JD, 1991
Admissions:
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Eastern District of Texas
Memberships:
  • Jefferson County Bar Association
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Eastern District of Texas Bar Association
Practice Areas:
  • Civil litigation
  • Personal injury
  • Insurance coverage and disputes
  • Criminal defense - federal
  • Examinations under oath
  • Employment law
  • Mediation
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Dean Brinkley

Dean is a native of Southeast Texas who graduated from Lamar University with distinction. Dean left a successful corporate career to attend law school at the University of Tulsa where he graduated with honors. Dean returned to Jefferson County to establish his law practice, and since 1994, he has met the legal needs of individuals and businesses throughout Southeast Texas. Dean has extensive civil trial experience as well as extensive experience with business, estate planning, and real estate transactions. Dean has helped form hundreds of area businesses and represents several local businesses in their transactions and disputes. On an individual level, Dean’s skills and experience make him an excellent choice for those with family, probate, elder care, and real property issues. On a national level, Dean has been called to serve as Special Master in Chancery overseeing the allocation of over one billion dollars in aggregate settlements to thousands of claimants living throughout the United States. Dean’s clients are well served by his experience and his wide body of knowledge in a number of legal areas.

Education:
  • Lamar University, BS with distinction, 1988
  • University of Tulsa, JD with honors, 1994
Admissions:
  • State Bar of Texas
Memberships and Positions:
  • Jefferson County Bar Association, Vice President
  • Jefferson County Bar Association, member and director
  • Texas Bar Association member
  • Texas Bar Association Real Estate, Probate & Trust Section member
  • Texas Bar Association Family Law Section member
  • Golden Triangle Church On The Rock Elder Board
  • Inspire Hoops, Inc. Board of Directors
  • Elder Counsel member
  • Southeast Texas Estate Planning Counsel member
  • Texas Bar Foundation Fellow
Practice Areas:
  • Wills, trust and estate planning
  • Probate transactions and litigation
  • Guardianship transactions and litigation
  • Elder law
  • Real estate transactions and litigation
  • Business transactions and litigation
  • Special Master in mass tort litigation
Employment:
  • Templeton & Brinkley, 1999 to present
  • Harris, Lively & Duesler, 1994-1999
  • Pray, Walker, Jackson, Williamson & Marler, 1992
  • Tulsa Airport Authority, 1993
  • Hinkle, Zeringue & Smith, 1994
  • Quaker Oats Company, 1988-1991
Certifications:
  • Certified to serve as an attorney and Guardian Ad Litem
Publications and Presentations:
  • Health Care Workers Legal Duty to Disclose HIV-Positive Status to Patients Before Performing Invasive Procedures; P. Dean Brinkley, Tulsa Law Journal, Volume 29, No. 2, 1993
  • Military Judges, One Appointment or Two; P. Dean Brinkley, Tulsa Law Journal, Volume 30, No. 1, 1994
  • Post Settlement Activities "It Ain’t Over Til It's Over"; P. Dean Brinkley, Presentation to SETALA 2002
  • Risk Management for the Church Children's Program; P. Dean Brinkley, Presentation to Church On The Rock 2004
  • Estate Planning Considerations, Presentation to Farmers Insurance Houston Branch Claims Office, 2006
  • Business Succession Planning as Part of Estate Planning; P. Dean Brinkley, Edgar, Kiker & Cross Lunch and Learn Series on July 14, 2008
  • Investing in the Inventory, P. Dean Brinkley, Jefferson County Bar Association Family Law CLE, May 20, 2011
  • Managing the Inventory and Creditors; P. Dean Brinkley, National Business Institute CLE "The Probate Process From Start to Finish", August 14, 2014
  • Administering the Estate Effectively; P. Dean Brinkley, National Business Institute CLE "The Probate Process From Start to Finish", August 14, 2014
  • Intestate Succession; P. Dean Brinkley, National Business Institute CLE "The Probate Process From Start to Finish", August 14, 2014
  • Aggregate Litigation & Settlements; P. Dean Brinkley, Jefferson County Bar Assoc. Litigation CLE "The Ethics of Aggregate Litigation and Settlements", May 15, 2015
  • Lady Bird Deeds & Transfer on Death Deeds, Why You Should Choose One Over the Other; P. Dean Brinkley, Jefferson County Bar Assoc. Elder Law CLE “Elder Law, Planning for Clients and Lawyers,” February 3, 2017

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