Jacqueline A. Brooks

Jacqueline A. Brooks

Partner

Contact Info

Phone: (410) 332-8651
Fax: (410) 332-8862

Primary Office

Baltimore
500 E. Pratt Street
Suite 900
Baltimore, MD 21202-3133

Jacqueline A. Brooks

Partner

Jacqueline Brooks concentrates her practice in business and commercial law. She counsels clients in mergers and acquisitions, commercial finance, private offerings of debt and equity securities,corporate and REIT governance, and shareholder derivative and dispute matters, including shareholder demand responses and special committee issues. Jacqueline has experience representing public companies, privately owned and managed companies, nonprofit organizations and start-up companies and provides general counsel to these organizations regarding corporate matters. Prior to joining Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, Jacqueline participated in Washington University School of Law's D.C. Clinic, through which she was an intern to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. In this capacity, she drafted legal memoranda to assist Congressman John Conyers, Jr. and the congressman's legislative assistants at Judiciary Committee hearings and briefings. Jacqueline was also an intern to the office of U.S. Sen. Max Cleland in Washington, D.C.

REITs

Jacqueline represents a number of publicly traded New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq listed Real Estate Investment Trusts and advises them on offering transactions, mergers and acquisitions, finance transactions and corporate and REIT governance matters. She has advised REITS in connection with initial public offerings. She often acts as Maryland REIT counsel in these transactions.

Mergers and Acquisitions
Jacqueline has advised buyers and sellers in mergers, asset purchase and sale transactions and stock purchase and sale transactions. In these matters, she has represented numerous private companies, public companies and start-ups, and has worked on international and cross-border transactions representing clients in a variety of sectors, including manufacturing, construction, technology, REITs, retail, health care and life science.

Commercial Finance
Jacqueline has handled secured and asset-based lending transactions and unsecured lending transactions for many clients in various industries by assisting with the drafting, negotiation and structuring of commercial and mezzanine loans.

Venture Capital and Private Equity
Jacqueline has represented companies raising private equity and venture capital funding, whether through debt or equity transactions. During these transactions, she assists clients with drafting and negotiating various transactional documents such as stock purchase agreements, voting agreements, warrants, subscription documents, private placement documents and other investment documents. In addition, she handles legal due diligence or responding to due diligence inquiries regarding debt and equity transactions.

General Counsel
Jacqueline also serves as general outside counsel to many private companies providing day-to-day counseling, corporate governance and contracts advice. In this capacity, she often provides advice on formation, operation and governance of corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships.

Experience

  • Represented Patriot Capital in their investment of subordinated debt and equity in support of Guardian Capital Partners' acquisition of Carson-Dellosa Publishing, LLC.
  • Acted as Maryland co-counsel with Skadden Arps on corporate and litigation matters in defending Commonwealth REIT, a multi-billion dollar office REIT, in a hostile proxy fight initiated by Corvex Management LP and Related Fund Management LLC
  • Represented SynTec LLC in a Series A preferred stock capital raising transaction and in the purchase of a division of Tenax Corporation
  • Represented the members of Ellicott Dredge Enterprises, LLC in the sale of a substantial portion of the membership interests to Markel Ventures, Inc.
  • Represented multi-state hearing aid retail business in the sale of substantially all of its assets
  • Represented High's of Baltimore, Inc. in the sale of the assets of 20 High's Dairy Stores retail locations, including interests in three fee simple sites
  • Represented family-owned business in connection with its $90 million credit facility
  • Represented Ellicott Dredge Enterprises, LLC in acquiring the European and U.S. operations of Rohr Bagger GmbH and its affiliates for an undisclosed purchase price

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Credentials and Accolades

Honors and Awards

Named one of Maryland's Top 100 Women, The Daily Record, 2020

Selected to the "2013 Leading Women" list, The Daily Record

Selected to the Rising Stars list, Maryland Super Lawyers, 2013 to present

Recipient, 2011 Alex Fee Memorial Pro Bono Service Award, Maryland State Bar Association

Selected to the "2015 Very Important Professionals Successful by 40" list, The Daily Record

Recipient, 2017 40 Under 40 Award, National Bar Association

Memberships and Affiliations

Contributing Writer, Maryland Business Law Developments Blog of the Maryland State Bar Association Section of Business Law, 2010 to 2012

Board Member, Financial Executives International Baltimore Chapter, 2019 to present

Board Member, Emerging Technology Centers, Inc. (ETC), 2017 to present

Board Member, Modell-Lyric Foundation, Inc., 2017 to present 

American Red Cross Central Maryland Chapter

  • Board Member, 2015 to present
  • Vice Chair, 2018 to present

Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc.

  • Board Member, 2009 to present
  • Vice President and Co-Chair of Board Governance Committee, 2018 to present
  • Former Corporate Secretary and Treasurer

Board Member, Maryland Business Incubation Association, Inc., 2017 to present

Fellow, American Bar Association Business Law Fellows Program, 2017 to 2019

Fellow, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), 2018 to 2019

Maryland State Bar Association

National Bar Association

Alliance of Black Women Attorneys of Maryland

American Bar Association Business Law Section

Education

J.D., Washington University School of Law, 2006

  • Vice President, Black Law Students Association
  • Board Member, Negotiation and Client Counseling Competitions Law Students Association
  • Board Member of the Negotiation and Client Counseling Competitions
  • Walter Moran Scholar

B.A., Georgia Southern University, 2003, magna cum laude

  • Bells Honors Program Scholar
  • Golden Key International Honour Society, 2001-2003
  • National Dean's List, 2002

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
Maryland

Jacqueline Brooks concentrates her practice in business and commercial law. She counsels clients in mergers and acquisitions, commercial finance, private offerings of debt and equity securities,corporate and REIT governance, and shareholder derivative and dispute matters, including shareholder demand responses and special committee issues. Jacqueline has experience representing public companies, privately owned and managed companies, nonprofit organizations and start-up companies and provides general counsel to these organizations regarding corporate matters. Prior to joining Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, Jacqueline participated in Washington University School of Law's D.C. Clinic, through which she was an intern to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. In this capacity, she drafted legal memoranda to assist Congressman John Conyers, Jr. and the congressman's legislative assistants at Judiciary Committee hearings and briefings. Jacqueline was also an intern to the office of U.S. Sen. Max Cleland in Washington, D.C.

REITs

Jacqueline represents a number of publicly traded New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq listed Real Estate Investment Trusts and advises them on offering transactions, mergers and acquisitions, finance transactions and corporate and REIT governance matters. She has advised REITS in connection with initial public offerings. She often acts as Maryland REIT counsel in these transactions.

Mergers and Acquisitions
Jacqueline has advised buyers and sellers in mergers, asset purchase and sale transactions and stock purchase and sale transactions. In these matters, she has represented numerous private companies, public companies and start-ups, and has worked on international and cross-border transactions representing clients in a variety of sectors, including manufacturing, construction, technology, REITs, retail, health care and life science.

Commercial Finance
Jacqueline has handled secured and asset-based lending transactions and unsecured lending transactions for many clients in various industries by assisting with the drafting, negotiation and structuring of commercial and mezzanine loans.

Venture Capital and Private Equity
Jacqueline has represented companies raising private equity and venture capital funding, whether through debt or equity transactions. During these transactions, she assists clients with drafting and negotiating various transactional documents such as stock purchase agreements, voting agreements, warrants, subscription documents, private placement documents and other investment documents. In addition, she handles legal due diligence or responding to due diligence inquiries regarding debt and equity transactions.

General Counsel
Jacqueline also serves as general outside counsel to many private companies providing day-to-day counseling, corporate governance and contracts advice. In this capacity, she often provides advice on formation, operation and governance of corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships.