Before Dana Brooks became an attorney, she was a paralegal, law firm administrator, mental health counselor and Florida Supreme Court certified family law mediator. Working full time, first as a young adult and then as a young, married mother, Dana attended Pensacola Junior College and Tallahassee Community College before graduating Florida State University, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work. She later earned her Masters of Social Work from Florida State in 2003. Dana earned her law degree from Florida State, magna cum laude, in December 2007 and is a member of the Order of the Coif. Dana was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2008.
Her experience and reputation during her 14 years as a paralegal in medical malpractice defense combined with her law school performance provided the basis for the exceptional opportunity she was offered at graduation: Dana was sworn in as an attorney in the morning and made a named partner of a thirty-year-old revered plaintiff’s law firm that same afternoon.
Dana is a contributing columnist to the Tallahassee Democrat, writing about legal issues that affect our community.
Dana is a member of The Florida Bar, Capital City Justice Association, Tallahassee Women Lawyers Association, and serves on the Board of Directors and Medical Malpractice Committee of the Florida Justice Association. She is a Charter Member of the Democratic Women’s Club of Leon County.
Her awards and recognition are many. She was honored to be given the Distinguished Young Alumni Award from the FSU College of Social Work, and was awarded the Alumni Service Award from FSU College of Law. Dana is often recognized by her peers for her excellence. She has been named in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers from The National Trial Lawyers, a Florida Legal Elite by Florida Trend, and a Million Dollar Advocate from the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. She enjoys a 10.0 rating on Avvo, the highest attainable.
Dana is committed to giving back to the community. She currently serves on the board of 2-1-1 Big Bend and is a former board member of America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend. She is a frequent – and winning – coach of the FSU Law School’s Mock Trial Team. Under her leadership, Fasig | Brooks has become a well-recognized sponsor of free taxi rides after community events, as well as supporting 2-1-1 Big Bend, Tallahassee Memorial Foundation, Capital City Youth Services, Springtime Tallahassee, Tree House, The Wakulla County Senior Citizen’s Center- and many, many other local and national charities. With her support and encouragement, attorneys and staff at Fasig | Brooks combine to give thousands of volunteer hours back to the community every year.
Helping people thrive in spite of their health issues has given Dana a unique perspective when advocating for her injured clients. Her experience in social work strengthened her desire to help at-risk persons and those most in need of an effective legal advocate. She continues to be inspired and excited to work for justice for her clients.
The Fasig | Brooks law firm has won Tallahassee’s People’s Choice “Tally Award” for “Best Law Firm” in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.