Insight

Measuring Success by Results

Recognized Best Lawyers®* recipient Joseph F. Brophy on how his Firm determines success.

Measuring Firm Success
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John Fields

June 16, 2022 09:03 AM

Despite the unprecedented disruption caused by the pandemic, it has not stopped Brophy & Devaney (“Brophy”) from achieving great results for its clients across Texas and the United States, inside and outside of the courtroom.

From business divorces, breach of contract actions, major commercial property disputes and insurance actions to shareholders disputes, legal malpractice claims and unfair business competition actions, Brophy has been busy racking up wins for the firm’s clients in 2021 and 2022.

“It still all boils down to being passionate about what you do, working hard, being prepared and telling a persuasive story that judges and jurors can relate to in a manner consistent with the rules of evidence and procedure,” says Brophy of his success. “We will never lose because we have been out-lawyered, and our clients can rest assured of that. Lawyers and other professionals cannot be guarantors or insurers of results, but the primary objective must be achieving the best result for the client, weighing all factors in light of the net effect upon the client.”

Beyond achieving litigation wins in and out of federal and state courts and arbitrations, Brophy continues to represent individuals, family offices and businesses with their general counsel needs on a wide range of business and financial issues.

While most business litigators have limited trial experience, Brophy began his career as an insurance defense lawyer where cases were often tried to a jury, which appealed to his competitive nature. The skills Brophy developed as a young trial lawyer have only been seasoned and sharpened as he has continued to handle larger and more complex cases over the last 25 years.

While the Firm’s practice areas continued to expand nationally, it remains very active in Austin, which has seen considerable growth over the past few years. “While traffic is worse, real estate is more expensive and Austin is losing some of its small city charm, what the city is gaining in industry and people far exceeds the cost,” Brophy says. “We have so many interesting people and businesses coming to Austin; there has never been a more exciting time to be in Austin. Colleagues from New York City, California and throughout the country are reaching out more frequently as Austin has a growing connection to national and global business deals and resulting litigation.”

As a result, Brophy is handling lawsuits touching upon the Tesla Gigafactory; new developments in downtown, south and north Austin; and business deals and lawsuits involving people from across the globe and issues that impact people and businesses in Austin and far beyond. He also continues to represent long-time Austinites, long-standing local businesses and various professionals in Austin, ranging from other lawyers to doctors to financial professionals and other businesspersons.

Brophy is very optimistic and enthusiastic about the emergence from the pandemic and getting back to in person meetings and trials. “Zoom has been great, but nothing is as effective as meeting in person,” he says.

*2013-2022, Commercial Litigation

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