Jack L. Brooks is a graduate of United Township High School in East Moline, Illinois, 1968; Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, 1972, B.A., Cum Laude; and Drake Law School in Des Moines, Iowa, 1974, with honors. He was a member of the Drake Law Review, and was also awarded the Order of the Coif for high attainments in the study of law.
He is currently a 14th Judicial Circuit Arbitrator and Mediator. Jack has practiced law in Western Illinois and Eastern Iowa since 1975. Jack's primary interest has been civil litigation, including personal injury, medical malpractice defense, insurance defense, and banking, construction and commercial litigation. Jack has engaged in alternative dispute resolution both as the attorney for one of the parties as well as in the role of arbitrator or mediator. He is one of the founding partners of Brooks & Trinrud, a professional corporation.
Jack has served part-time as Assistant State's Attorney in Carroll County, Illinois from 1980 to 1982; Adjunct Professor and Director of the Legal Assistant Program at Marycrest College in Davenport, Iowa from 1983 to 1984; and Instructor of Business Law at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois and Black Hawk College, Moline, Illinois, at different periods between 1982 and 1987. Jack has also given presentations on various topics, including alternative dispute resolution, trial preparation, medical malpractice and risk management.
Mr. Brooks served as Chair of the MCLE Board from 1/1/2006 - 12/31/2012.