Marcus Brooks is a member of Winstead's Taxation, Employee Benefits & Private Business Practice Group. Marcus focuses primarily on tax work with a focus on tax controversy and tax litigation. He has represented clients in a variety of income tax and transfer tax matters at audit, before the IRS Appeals Office, before the U.S. Tax Court, in the U.S. District Court, and before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has served as lead counsel in tax cases involving million dollar adjustments in both the U.S. Tax Court and U.S. District Court. Marcus has also represented clients in contested matters with state and local taxing authorities.
In addition, Marcus routinely advises clients on federal and state tax matters connected to significant business transactions and general compliance issues. He has advised a broad range of taxpayers-including private and publicly-held companies, estates, and individuals-on a wide array of tax issues including complex partnership tax matters, corporate tax issues, international taxation and transfer pricing strategies, state tax implications of interstate business activity in various states, and exemption issues.
Marcus’s practice routinely puts him at the intersection of complex business and litigation matters. He has been fortunate to be able to serve as outside general counsel for a number of his clients and takes pride in helping them solve problems and seize opportunities effectively and efficiently.
After law school Marcus served as a law clerk for The Honorable James L. Dennis of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Marcus also serves as an adjunct professor at Baylor University Law School, where he teaches an application course covering federal taxation of closely held business entities, and in Baylor University's Masters of Taxation Program, where he teaches a course on federal tax research and procedure.
AREAS OF PRACTICE:
U.S. Tax Court
U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
J.D., with Highest Honors - 2003
Honors: Vice Chancellor of 2003 Class
Honors: Order of the Coif
Texas Law Review
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
B.B.A in Accounting, 2000
Honors: Beta Gamma Sigma
American Bar Association
HONORS AND AWARDS:
State Bar of Texas
Waco-McLennan County Bar Association
Dr. Pepper Museum (Board Member, 2013-present)
Heart of Texas Estate Planning Council, Board Member, 2009 - Present
Waco Crime Stoppers, Inc., Secretary, 2009 - 2012
Pro Bono College for the State Bar of Texas, Member, 2007 - Present
First Baptist Church of Waco, Budget & Finance Committee, 2010-2012
First Baptist Church of Waco, Trustee, 2010-2012
Board Certified in Tax Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Texas Rising Star, Texas Monthly, 2010-2013