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William J. Brotherton

Title: Principal
Company: Brotherton Law Firm
Location: Highland Village, Texas, United States

William J. Brotherton, the principal at Brotherton Law Firm, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of legal service.

With more than three decades of experience to his credit in the field of complex civil litigation, Mr. Brotherton has distinguished himself as the principal of the Brotherton Law Firm. Notable for its status as one of the largest law firms in Denton County, Texas, Brotherton Law is licensed to practice in the areas of insurance, energy, land use, environmental, business and probate law. Styling himself as a humble country lawyer who enjoys availing himself on behalf of his clients, Mr. Brotherton has also served as general counsel for the Museum of the American Railroad in Texas since 2008. 

Prior to his work as an attorney, Mr. Brotherton worked as an environmental manager for an international co-op in North Dakota between 1977 and 1979, and cultivated additional expertise as a trainmaster for the Colorado and Southern Railway from 1980 until 1982. Following this period, he went on to serve as a brakeman and conductor at the Burlington Northern Railroad in Grand Forks, North Dakota, from 1979 until 1984. Mr. Brotherton would write about his railroad experiences in “Burlington Northern Adventures: Railroading in the Days of the Caboose,” which is available for purchase online. Returning to environmental engineering, he subsequently consulted at Parsons Engineering Science Inc. from 1982 to 1985, and as a regional manager at BCM Engineers from 1990 until 1995. Throughout this time, he also taught the subject of environmental law as an adjunct professor at Texas Christian University, where he was active from 1989 to 2002. 

Mr. Brotherton initially studied pre-law at Middle Georgia College, where he earned an Associate of Arts in 1972. Following this accomplishment, he attended the University of North Dakota from 1977 until 1980, whereupon he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.  Mr. Brotherton continued his educational efforts at the University of Texas at Dallas, from which he earned a Master of Science in environmental science in 1989. He went on to conclude his academic efforts at the Texas A&M University School of Law, where he attained a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1994. 

In accounting for his success, Mr. Brotherton largely credits his commitment to hard work, as well as the loving support and intuition of his late wife of more than 50 years. Among his most cherished accomplishments, he is particularly proud to have been adopted as a member of the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi, for which he has provided pro bono legal services in environmental law. He was also elected as a member of the tribal council in 2016. 

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