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COVER STORY

The Business of Law

JOSEPH BROPHY

Joseph Brophy of Hohmann, Brophy & Shelton gets the right results for his clients—by any means necessary. BY EVA SAVIANO itigation is often the extension of business ‘by other means,’” a sometimes inevitable result of doing business in today’s world, according to Hohmann, Brophy & Shelton, a business law and litigation firm in Austin, Texas. The firm’s founding partner is Joseph Brophy— a business attorney with extensive litigation and transactional experience representing individuals, partnerships, and companies in connection with the formation and structuring of companies, contract negotiations, business disputes, lawsuits, and more. Litigation is not something to be feared, says Brophy, selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation since 2013, named a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly, and twice awarded Princeton Global’s “Top 100 Lawyers in America.” Rather, it is an option to avail yourself of when you are being reasonable—and the other side is not. There is no lawyer better equipped to represent a client in connection with a business deal than one who

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has litigated a wide array of business disputes and thus gained a deep understanding of those factors which most often cause business deals to implode. “Every business lawyer would be best served to spend several years litigating business disputes before commencing their transactional practice—and it would better serve

to get his clients the results they need and want. He is the grandson of four Irish immigrants, one grandmother a domestic servant for a founding member of the New York law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and one grandfather a New York City union boss. That tendency toward making one’s own way in the world was not a gene that skipped Brophy, who graduated with his undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Texas at Austin and earned his J.D. at St. Mary’s School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude, was a member of the John Harlan Academic Honor Society, and was an editor on the St. Mary’s Law Journal —schooling funded primarily by himself. And, now, Brophy applies that steadfast determination to winning for his clients. In 1993, Brophy started his career in San Antonio handling insurance and personal injury defense lawsuits, where he gained invaluable trial experience and learned how to successfully handle a case from beginning to end. In 1997, Brophy returned to Austin to work for a large national law firm, handling business litigation and professional malpractice matters. Over the last 20 years, Brophy has handled all manner of civil lawsuits and business transactions. It is not unusual for Brophy to be handling a business divorce in court or arbitration, while forming and structuring companies for a client’s new business venture, negotiating an acquisition or sale for another client, and working on a private offering of securities for yet another client. “I enjoy the diversity of work my practice provides and enjoy playing a valuable role in helping my clients achieve their business goals, whether it is by means of litigation or by way of transaction,” says Brophy. “There are few things that give

“Every business lawyer would be best served to spend several years litigating business disputes before commencing their transactional practice—and it would better serve their clients.” their clients,” says Brophy. “It’s difficult to foresee what pitfalls to avoid if you have not seen those transactional missteps which ultimately result in or contribute to business deals going south and ending up in litigation. Of course, lawyers cannot guarantee the success of a business deal, but they can ensure that their client is better positioned if a deal does go south.” Born in Queens, New York, but a long-time Texan, Brophy is comfortable putting in a little extra elbow grease

me more satisfaction than fighting for my clients and winning. I hate to lose and will work as hard as necessary to give my clients the best chance of success. The sense of satisfaction I receive from helping my clients achieve success is hard to parallel.” Brophy’s experience, from trials to arbitrations, from transactions to litigation, gives him a uniquely valuable perspective, he says, “one not shared by many of my peers and which often gives my clients a leg up on the other side.” w w w.bestlaw yers.com

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