The University of Texas at Austin   School of Law

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Linda Broocks, ’78

Ms. Broocks is a partner at Ogden, Gibson, Broocks, Longoria & Hall, LLP, where she maintains an active practice in trials and appeals of complex commercial, real estate, securities, personal injury, and employment cases. In addition to being Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Ms. Broocks is also a certified mediator, with experience mediating a variety of civil suits, and an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Ms. Broocks’s recent experience includes: successful defense of a national investment banking firm in suit alleging securities fraud in connection with a public stock offering; successful defense of claims of product liability and gross negligence in suits involving gas explosions and toxic exposure; ongoing representation of a variety of firms and individuals in connection with investigations conducted, and suits brought, by the SEC, the CFTC, the NFA, and various state regulatory authorities; defense award in arbitration alleging fraud on the market in connection with mortgage-backed securities investments; successful prosecution of fraud and contract claims arising out of corporate merger; defeating certification of various purported state and national class actions; successfully defending a national brokerage firm in a series of cases alleging fraudulent research; successfully defending an oil field services company accused of fraud and breach of contract by the operator of a gas well and prevailing on a counterclaim (including successfully defending appeal to the Texas Supreme Court); obtaining and collecting a significant award for several foreign investors against an international multi-level marketing company (including successful appeal, reversing a vacatur of the award); leading defense team in representation of a major brokerage firm against claims by hundreds of plaintiffs arising out of failed commercial real estate loans.

Ms. Broocks has earned the distinction of Super Lawyer by Law & Politics Magazine in civil litigation defense in every year of voting and was selected as a 2000 Woman on the Move by the Houston Chronicle, Channel 11, and Texas Executive Women. She is a Founder of the Center for Women in Law at the University of Texas, a board member and past president of the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists, a member of the Houston Bar Association Litigation Section, a member of the HBA Appellate Section, Past Chair of the HBA Securities Litigation & Arbitration Section, a member of the Propane Gas Defense Association, and a member of the Compliance and Legal Society of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. She is a sustaining life fellow and former Vice Chair of the Houston Bar Foundation and an instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Prior to joining the OGBLH, she was a trial partner at Baker Botts, LLP.

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