Our Values

Trace Brooks Law helps successful individuals and families protect their assets and build wealth by implementing comprehensive estate plans and advising on complex land and tax matters. Founder and Principal Attorney Trace Brooks is particularly fascinated by the intersection between individual property rights, taxation, and land use. To that end, Trace’s work has been published in several books and publications, including the ACTEC Law Journal.

Trace founded Trace Brooks Law after watching family members and friends put off estate planning until their final years, causing unnecessary complications, cost, and stress for their loved ones. By implementing custom estate planning strategies tailored to each client’s unique circumstances, Trace Brooks Law creates peace of mind for clients while protecting their assets and helping them build wealth for generations. 

Trace Brooks Law takes pride in providing exemplary client service, the importance of which Trace learned as a child in his family’s flooring store in Florida.

In that flooring store, there was a sign just behind the front desk:

“If it’s fast and cheap, it won’t be good. If it’s good and cheap, it won’t be fast. And if it’s good and fast, it won’t be cheap.”

By providing good, fast legal services to a select few clients, Trace Brooks Law is able to consistently provide the exemplary client service we strive to be known for.

In his spare time, Trace travels frequently, often to pursue outdoor adventures with friends and family. Trace is an avid reader and word game enthusiast who aspires to publish a crossword in The New York Times.

Education and Experience

Trace Brooks earned a Tax LL.M. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, which is consistently ranked as a top three tax law program nationwide. While at the University of Florida, Trace worked with the College of Law Conservation Clinic on several conservation easement matters, fostering Trace’s interest in the intersection of estate planning, land use, and taxation.

Prior to attending the University of Florida, Trace graduated from the Georgia State University College of Law with highest pro bono distinction and a certificate in environmental and land use law. At Georgia State University, Trace worked with the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, where he represented several clients before the IRS.

During law school, Trace worked at the Yale University College of Law, where he represented low-income clients in mortgage foreclosure and landlord-tenant disputes.

Trace also holds Masters and Bachelors degrees in Anthropology from Georgia State University. While studying anthropology, Trace worked on archaeological projects in Peru, Turkey, and throughout the southeastern United States. 

Memberships

Trace is a board member for the Coldharbour Institute, an environmental nonprofit organization in Gunnison, Colorado, and a member of the 2021 class of Generation Green, the Georgia Conservancy’s junior board.

Selected Publications

  • Of Privacy and Publicity: Symbiotic Rights (or Wellspring of Obfuscation), Jeffrey L. Carson and Trace Brooks, ACTEC Law Journal, Vol. 48, No. 1 (Fall 2022).
  • Heritage in the Global Economy: Protecting Cultural Heritage Through Nongovernmental and Voluntary Practice, with Marion Werkheiser and Ellen Chapman, in Relevance and Application of Heritage in Contemporary Society edited by Pei-Lin Yu, Chen Shen, and George S. Smith (August 2018).
  • Dental Microwear and Stable Isotope Analyses as Indicators of Changes in Subsistence Practices During the Spanish Colonial Period in the Lambayeque Valley Region of Northern Peru, Trace Brooks, Georgia State University Masters Thesis (July 2016).

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