Get to Know Brooke Mathis

A native of Grosse Pointe, attorney Brooke N. Mathis earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Michigan State University and her J.D. from Wayne State University Law School with a Bronze Key distinction for academic achievement. She was a lead competitor on the Mock Trial National Team and earned the John E.S. Scott Endowed Memorial Scholarship for trial advocacy.

Mathis works at Tishkoff PLC, a business & employment litigation firm in Ann Arbor, and focuses her practice on business litigation, employment litigation and general civil litigation. In her free time, the Whitmore Lake resident enjoys yoga, golf, kayaking and making memories with her family.

By Jo Mathis
Legal News
What was always written on your grade school report card?  “Too talkative.” If only they would have known I was going to be a lawyer and put that trait to use every day.

What is your happiest childhood memory? Night swimming in our pool with my family while listening to The Rolling Stones and The Beatles albums. 

What’s the best compliment you’ve received? In my first mediation against the Federal Aviation Administration, the mediator told me he liked how honest and straightforward I was, and asked if he could hire me to represent him in the future.  The best personal compliment I’ve received was. “I hope my son marries a woman like you.”

When you were considering law school, what was Plan B?
To become an interior decorator because I have quite a knack for it. 

What would surprise people about your job? How many hours are involved in preparing for every court appearance, mediation, deposition, etc. in order to deliver high quality legal representation.

What do you wish someone would invent? A way to teleport instantly from one location to another.

When you look back into the past, what do you miss most?
The days when I had no real responsibilities but to play and have fun.

What is your most treasured material possession? The emerald and diamond ring my mom gave me when I?graduated law school. 

What’s the best advice you’ve received? 
Two sayings my mom uses: “Proper preparation prevents poor performance,” and “Never let them see ya sweat.” 

What’s the one question you like to be asked? “What’s your nationality?” People always mistake me for having an Asian heritage, when I’m actually a mix of Russian, Polish, French, German, and Cherokee Native American.

Who would you like to trade places with for a day? Blake Lively, to enjoy her wardrobe, lifestyle and husband for a day.

What’s something you changed your mind about recently? That I’m open to getting a dog—as long as it’s hypoallergenic and doesn’t shed too much.

What’s one thing you would like to learn to do? To be able to start an interesting conversation with anyone in the room at networking events.

What is something most people don’t know about you?
That I get extremely anxious when it comes to new experiences, but I usually don’t show it. (I.e.: I never let them see me sweat.)

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