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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.

Experience

Education

Lamar University, BS with distinction, 1988
University of Tulsa, JD with honors, 1994

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Certifications

Certified to serve as an attorney and Guardian Ad Litem

Certified in Collaborative Law

 

Admissions

State Bar of Texas

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas

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:

  • The Brinkley Law Firm, P.C. 2019-Present
  • Templeton & Brinkley, 1999-2018
  • Harris, Lively & Duesler, 1994-1999
  • Pray, Walker, Jackson, Williamson & Marler, 1992
  • Tulsa Airport Authority, 1993
  • Hinkle, Zeringue & Smith, 1994
  • Quaker Oats Company, 1988-1991

Memberships and Positions:

  • Jefferson County Bar Association member, past Vice President & Director
  • Texas Bar Association member
  • Texas Bar Association RealEstate, 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
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 

Our Staff

Misty Mason

Office Manager

Tori Shaw

Paralegal

Cindy Downs

Legal Assistant

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