OMSA General Counsel

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Edward K. Brooks, B.A., J.D.

Edward was born and raised in Pembroke, North Carolina. During his childhood, he watched his father develop a family-independent pharmacy and turn it into a thriving home health agency that serves the majority of southeast North Carolina. Brooks completed his undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his Juris Doctorate at the North Carolina Central University School of Law. Brooks was a partner with the law firm of Patterson Dilthey, LLP until April of 2013, at which time, he opened his own law practice. Brooks began his career as a trial attorney whose practice is focused on civil litigation in the areas of general tort liability and cases involving sovereignty of Indian tribes. Brooks is admitted to practice in the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina. He was admitted pro hac vice to defend asbestos claims in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He is also admitted to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has briefed and orally argued before the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Brooks also served as legal counsel to the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. He is one of a limited number of attorneys in the nation to successfully argue the sovereignty of a State Recognized Indian Tribe in a state court. He is married to LeeChelle, and has 3 sons, Riley, Drake and Gaige. He is a deacon at Hyde Park Baptist Church in Lumberton, North Carolina.