Barrett, Fasig & Brooks

Firm Overview

If you or a loved one has been injured due to someone else's negligence, an experienced attorney can help. Choosing the right attorney to handle your case can be a challenge. The law firm of Barrett, Fasig & Brooks stands out from the crowd.

When we opened our doors in 1983, we were among the first law firms in Tallahassee to focus specifically on personal injury and wrongful death cases. We have expanded our firm to include ten experienced lawyers and their highly trained paralegals. We are experienced in handling all types of cases, including vehicle accidents and premises liability. Our firm has the resources and experience to handle the most complex matters, from medical malpractice to products liability.

When you choose us as your attorneys, we will be by your side through every step of the process. We believe in customer service. One of the primary complaints we hear about other law firms is the lack of responsiveness they provide to their clients. We refuse to have that complaint made about us.

When you have a question or concern, we will be here to answer it. You will be able to speak with us. We have a full, highly-trained staff to address your concerns immediately.

We accept all cases on a contingency basis, meaning you pay nothing unless we recover for you. We will advance all of the costs necessary to ensure that your case is prosecuted to the fullest.

At Barrett, Fasig & Brooks, we have built a reputation for honesty, ethics, and courtesy. We appreciate the trust you place in us.

To find out if you have a case, click on "Case Evaluation" or call us at (850) 224-3310 to speak with someone today.
Main Office
Main Office
3360 Capital Circle NE
Suite B
Tallahassee  FL  32308
Phone
  • (850) 224-3310
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R. Vinson Barrett

R. Vinson (Vinse) Barrett, Shareholder.


Vinse was born in Gainesville and grew up in Pensacola. He graduated from the University of South Florida and obtained his law degree from the University of Florida in 1976 following four years of domestic and foreign service as an officer in the United States Army, rising to the rank of Captain.

His first position as a lawyer was with the State Attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit here in North Florida, where he sharpened his trial skills and gained valuable courtroom experience prosecuting criminal cases in Leon, Wakulla, Gadsden, Jefferson, and Franklin Counties.

After leaving the State Attorney's Office, Vinse practiced in and became a partner of a general practice firm doing commercial litigation, criminal defense, and some personal injury and medical malpractice, and was a founding partner of the firm that evolved to be Barrett, Fasig & Brooks.

He was court appointed to defend capital murder cases in Leon and Wakulla counties, and has also been appointed as an Acting States Attorney in Leon County. In 1983 he began to emphasize personal injury litigation in his practice. Since the mid 1990s, his practice has been limited to helping people injured by medical malpractice or defective medical and pharmaceutical products in State and Federal Courts in Florida and Georgia.

Vinse is rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubble. "AV Preeminent" means the "Highest Possible Rating" in both legal ability and ethical standards. The AV rating is the pinnacle of professional excellence earned through a strenuous peer review rating process, that is managed and monitored by the world's most trusted legal resource, Martindale-Hubble. Vinse and his former partner, S. Eubanks, set the standard by which our partners and lawyers interact with our peers, the courts, and the public on an ongoing basis.

Vinse stopped trying cases in 2014 to spend more time with his family, travel, fish and enjoy life. However, he still assists and advises the firm's younger lawyers with their cases, and assists with firm management. Vinse also testifies as an expert witness on catastrophic injury case values. He participates in the firm's many charitable and community services. Dana Brooks has ably assumed his medical malpractice and products liability practice.

He is an Eagle member of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers and a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He has been a guest lecturer on trial practice at Florida State Law School, has presented continuing legal education courses to other Florida trial lawyers, and has taught evidence to cadets at the Florida Highway Patrol Academy.

Vinse is a past member of the Board of Directors of Florida Children's Home Society and has been recognized by the Florida Supreme Court for providing pro bono legal services to people unable to afford counsel.

Vinse is married to Carlene Barrett, and has 2 sons and a granddaughter.

Barrett, Fasig & Brooks has won the Tallahassee people's choice "Tally Award" for "Best Law Firm" in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, and the "Best in Tallahassee" for "Best Law Practice" in 2015.


Areas of Practice:
Medical Malpractice, Medical and Pharmaceutical Products Liability

Litigation Percentage:
95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:
Florida, 1976
U.S. Federal Courts, 1977

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Guest Lecturer, Trial Practice, Florida State Law School

Professional associations and memberships:
Florida Justice Association
Tallahassee Bar Association
Capital City Justice Association
Florida Children's Home Society (Past Member, Board of Directors)
SpringTime Tallahassee
Gator Boosters

Languages:
English
Spanish

Fraternities/Sororities:
Pi Kappa Alpha
Education
  • University of Florida College of Law
    J.D., Juris Doctor , 1976
    Gainesville, FL
  • University of South Florida Tampa
    B.A., Bachelor of Arts , 1969
    Tampa, FL
  • Pensacola Junior College
    A.A.

Dana Brooks Cooper

Dana Brooks Cooper, Shareholder.


Before Dana Brooks Cooper became an attorney, she was a paralegal, law firm administrator, mental health counselor and Florida Supreme Court certified family law mediator. Dana attended Pensacola Junior College and Tallahassee Community College before graduating Florida State University, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work. She later earned her Masters of Social Work from Florida State in 2003. Dana earned her law degree from Florida State, magna cum laude, in December 2007 and is a member of the Order of the Coif. Dana was admitted to the Bar in 2008.

Her experience and reputation during her 14 years as a paralegal in medical malpractice defense combined with her law school performance would lead to Dana being sworn in as an attorney in the morning and made a named partner of a thirty-year-old revered plaintiff's law firm that same afternoon.

Dana and her partners host the popular weekly legal call-in show "Law Call" on WCTV Channel 6, the local CBS affiliate. She is a contributing columnist to the Tallahassee Democrat, writing about legal issues that affect our community.

Dana is a member of The Florida Bar, Capital City Justice Association, Tallahassee Women Lawyers Association, and serves on the Board of Directors and Medical Malpractice Committee of the Florida Justice Association. She is a Charter Member of the Democratic Women's Club of Leon County and currently serves as Second Vice President.

Her awards and recognition are many. She was honored to be given the Distinguished Young Alumni Award from the FSU College of Social Work in 2013. In 2014, she was awarded the Alumni Service Award from FSU College of Law. 2015 found Dana being recognized by her peers for her excellence. She was named in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers from The National Trial Lawyers, a Florida Legal Elite by Florida Trend, and a Million Dollar Advocate from the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. She enjoys a 10.0 rating on Avvo, the highest attainable.

Dana currently serves on the board of 2-1-1 Big Bend and is a former board member of America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend. She is a frequent and winning coach of the FSU Law School's Mock Trial Team. Under her direction as managing partner, Barrett, Fasig & Brooks has become a well-recognized sponsor of free taxi rides after community events, as well as supporting many local and national charities. With her support and encouragement, attorneys and staff at Barrett, Fasig & Brooks combine to give thousands of volunteer hours back to the community every year.

Helping people thrive in spite of their health issues has given Dana a unique perspective when advocating for her injured clients. Her experience in social work strengthened her desire to help at-risk persons and those most in need of an effective legal advocate. She continues to be inspired and excited to work for justice for her clients.

Barrett, Fasig & Brooks has won the Tallahassee people's choice "Tally Award" for "Best Law Firm" in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, and the "Best in Tallahassee" for "Best Law Practice" in 2015.

Areas of Practice:
Medical Malpractice

Litigation Percentage:
100% Devoted to Litigation

Presentations and Speaking Engagments:
Presenter, "Deposing the Defense Standard of Care Expert: Six Hot Tips and Things You Need To Know", Florida Justice Association, Continuing Education Program, March 2016.

Co-Chair and Presenter, "Medical Malpractice Case Law Update 2015", Advanced Medical Malpractice Seminar, Annual FJA Masters of Justice Meeting, October 2015.

Presenter, "Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations and Statute of Repose," Florida Justice Association, Continuing Medical Malpractice Education Program, April 2015.

Featured Speaker, FSU College of Social Work Women's Forum "Non-traditional Paths You Can Take With a Social Work Degree," March 2015.

Presenter, "McCallGoing Forward Recent Florida Supreme Court's decision overturning non-economic caps in medical malpractice wrongful death cases and its application in personal injury malpractice cases," Annual Meeting of the Florida Justice Association, 2014.

Panel Guest, "Was There, and Is There Now, a Medical Malpractice Crisis in Florida?" Annual Conference of The Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law, Florida State University College of Medicine, 2014.

Recurring Guest Lecturer, "Tort Practice in the Real World," FSU College of Law, Torts Class 2013, 2014, 2015

Recurring Speaker, FSU College of Law Panel Discussions

Featured Speaker, TallahasseeParalegals Association, "Making the Transition from Paralegal to Attorney," 2009.
Education
  • Florida State University College of Law
    J.D. , 2007
    Tallahassee, FL

    Juris Doctorate with High Honors

  • Florida State University
    Master of Social Work, Clinical , 2003
    Tallahassee, FL
  • Florida State University
    Bachelor of Science in Social Work, Cum Laude , 2001
    Tallahassee, FL
  • Tallahassee Community College
    Associate of Arts , 1999
    Tallahassee, FL
  • Pensacola Junior College
    Associate of Science in Legal Assisting
    Pensacola, FL

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