Asiatico & Associates, PLLC is a well-recognized leader in the practice of nonprofit, tax-exempt corporate law.
We are one of only a handful of law firms in the United States devoted exclusively to assisting nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations and their interests throughout the world. We help our clients achieve and maintain statutory and regulatory compliance, counseling them with operational advice and guidance, and we assist them in setting up appropriate business practices that help them focus on what they do best. We are pleased to serve as general counsel to numerous small, medium-sized, and large public charities throughout the country.
State and federal nonprofit, tax-exempt organizational laws have changed dramatically over the past decade, intensifying scrutiny of such organizations in a myriad of ways. We have made it our mission to make sure that our client organizations can count on us to light their way through the labyrinth of the law applicable to public charities and private foundations for such a time as this for the good they accomplish in our world.
5850 Granite Parkway
Plano, TX 75024
Ms. Buck joined the firm in 2008, and she practices corporate and employment law, with an emphasis on the law of tax-exempt organizations. Prior to joining Asiatico & Associates, Ms. Buck served as an assistant general counsel with the University of North Texas System and as an associate with a law firm in El Paso, Texas. She has represented religious and other non-profit organizations, Fortune 500 companies, state and local government entities, hospitals, public independent school districts, and individuals.
Dedicated to public service, Ms. Buck has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including CASA of El Paso and the El Paso Bar Association. She has also served as the president of the El Paso Women's Bar Association and the vice president of the El Paso Young Lawyers Association, and she currently serves on the State Bar of Texas Public Affairs Committee. Ms. Buck is a member of the Dallas Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, and the American Bar Association.
Ms. Buck received a Doctor of Jurisprudence from The University of Texas School of Law, where she was a Teaching Quizmaster and a staff editor of the Texas Journal of Women and the Law. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of North Florida, where she was president of the school's chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. Ms. Buck currently spends most of her free time with her family, including her husband, Steve, and her six pets.
University of Texas at Austin
Brooke Asiatico began the private law firm Asiatico & Associates, PLLC after several years as a Partner in private practice involved in non-profit corporate counsel service. With a wide general experience in corporate organizations, and in particular, non-profit, tax-exempt corporations, Ms. Asiatico proficiently represents our clients in all areas of concern to them as the firm acts as General Counsel to several of the largest non-profit organizations in the United States and throughout the world.
As such, Asiatico & Associates has represented religious organizations, private colleges and primary schools, hospitals, civic organizations, public organizations created by governmental authorities, private corporations and foundations, as well as individual clients. Ms. Asiatico also speaks at various conferences throughout each year on topics critically important to public charities and private foundations. She typically works with corporate boards of directors, officers, executive management and staff providing counsel and guidance on all corporate legal matters pertinent to the organization. The firm's clients benefit from her commitment to preventive legal counseling and her ability to troubleshoot potential risk and liability.
Ms. Asiatico received a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics from the University of Texas at Dallas, summa cum laude, where she was a member of Phi Kappa Alpha and the Golden Key International Honour Society. Ms. Asiatico is a member of the State Bar of Texas, a member of the Dallas Bar Association and the American Bar Association. She is very involved in her local church and sits on a variety of non-profit organization boards of directors and committees. Ms. Asiatico is a native Texan, and she and her husband, Benny, are the proud parents of two wonderful sons and one beautiful, darling daughter.
University of Texas at Austin
Ms. Peak received her Bachelor of Science in Communication from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio in 2004. She went on to earn her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, Virginia in 2009 and was admitted to the State Bar of Texas that same year. She is a member of the Dallas Bar Association, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, and Texas Young Lawyers Association. Although she is a native Ohioan, she is happy to call the Great State of Texas home.
Since joining Asiatico & Associates in August 2009, Ms. Peak has gained a wide range of experience in the area of non-profit, tax-exempt corporations law. Ms. Peak represents our clients in all issues faced by charitable organizations, including drafting various organizational and transactional documents; filing corporate documents with state, local, and/or federal government offices; review and drafting of corporate policies; conducting legal research; developing retirement and/or deferred compensation plans; drafting board and committee meeting minutes; and handling a host of other issues faced by tax-exempt organizations.
Ms. Peak is involved in local church activities and various 5K fundraising events. She enjoys running, cooking and baking, travelling, and rooting on her New York Yankees to their next World Championship title. She and her husband, Ryan, are proud new parents to their son, Emmett, and their other "child," a chocolate labrador named Mo.
Regent University School of Law
Mr. Peak received his Bachelor of Business Administrations from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, where he graduated cum laude and received the Outstanding Business Graduate of 2005. He went on to earn his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, Virginia in 2009, where he was the Moot Court Business Affairs Coordinator.
Mr. Peak is involved in local church activities as well as fundraising events for causes close to his heart. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Young Lawyers Association, the Dallas Bar Association, and the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers. He enjoys travelling, reading, and watching his wife run while he eats her wonderful cooking and baked goods. He and his wife, Bethany, are proud new parents to their son, Emmett Matthew Peak.
Regent University School of Law
Ves Som joined the firm in 2012, after several years in the insurance and wealth-management business. He began his career as a Commercial Banker, gaining in-depth knowledge with financial institutions, commercial contracts, succession planning, and debt management procedures.
Mr. Som received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he spearheaded legal services for the indigent in Grand Rapids, Michigan. During this time, he was a member of the Tax Law Society, and provided tax services for the Lansing, Michigan community working under the Internal Revenue Service. Prior to his legal study, Mr. Som gained a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Mr. Som is admitted to practice as a member of the Texas State Bar, and he is a member of the Dallas Asian American Bar Association. He spends most of his free time working on a global project compiling testimonies from eyewitnesses and survivors of the Cambodian genocide, and the effects on their next generation. He also enjoys following his team, the Dallas Cowboys, even though it is not good for his heart. Mr. Som speaks Khmer and English.
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
R. Austin Wilkerson is Staff Counsel to Asiatico & Associates, PLLC. Prior to his full time service here, Austin served as Of Counsel to the firm. He has expansive experience representing churches, nonprofits, and other tax-exempt organizations as general counsel. Austin is a former pastor and represents, with several of his family members, a third generation of pastors.
He earned his Bachelor of Science in International Business summa cum laude from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Furthering his education, he obtained a Juris Doctor cum laude from Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Austin is admitted to practice as a member attorney of the Texas State Bar and the Kentucky State Bar.
He enjoys spending time with his wife, Elizabeth, their daughters Clara, Moriah, and Tessa. He is a proud advocate for adoption and serves on the boards of Orphan Care Alliance and Pure Foundations, both organizations are devoted to assisting the orphan, the widow, and the poor. He previously served as Chairman of the Board for the Arise for Children adoption agency. Austin has a wide breadth of vocational experience which includes high school teacher, pastor, basketball coach, executive recruiter, and adjunct college professor at Indiana Wesleyan University.
In his free time, Austin is a sought out speaker and enjoys inspiring audiences. He enjoys sharing his experiences and insights with business groups, college clubs, and church conferences.
Regent University School of Law
Mr. Shellenberger joined the firm as Of Counsel in 2008, and has a general civil practice with emphasis in the areas of family, probate, commercial and consumer litigation, collections and personal injury. Prior to becoming Of Counsel to Asiatico & Associates, Mr. Shellenberger has enjoyed significant time in solo practice as well as time with the Drug Enforcement Administration and as a prosecutor for the City of Arlington. Mr. Shellenberger has served as counsel for credit unions and as an associate and contract attorney with two medium size law firms in the Dallas Area. He has represented credit unions, small to medium size businesses and individuals for most of his career and has assisted the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Texas with the successful prosecution of drug and money laundering organizations operating in the North and East Texas Areas.
Mr. Shellenberger received a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Southern Methodist University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics from the University of Texas at Dallas. He was a member of the S.M.U. Student Bar Association, belonged to the Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity and was an Associate Justice, Moot Court. Mr. Shellenberger is a member of the State Bar of Texas, a member of the State Bar of Texas Family Law Division and a past member of the Dallas Bar Association. Mr. Shellenberger was born and raised in Dallas and he and his lovely wife of 30 years, Mary, are the parents of two wonderful children. Mr. Shellenberger and his wife are actively involved in their church and in local scouting and music programs involving their children.
Southern Methodist University School of Law
Sarah Pack is Staff Counsel at Asiatico & Associates, PLLC. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies from New York University in 2006, thereafter working as a Legal Assistant in a Top 100 New York law firm. She later went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School in 2012.
During law school, Ms. Pack's work focused on advocacy for populations vulnerable to human rights abuses. She participated in internship and fellowship programs that allowed her to work for Texas-based non-profit organizations that provide legal services to refugees and asylum-seekers. She was also selected to participate in the Michigan Geneva Externship Program and spent a semester working at an international organization researching gaps in human rights protections. She also received a Michigan Program in Refugee & Asylum Law Fellowship, which allowed her to clerk at the UK's upper tribunal for immigration and asylum law in London. Additionally, Ms. Pack served as Executive Editor of the Michigan Journal of Race & Law and Co-Chair of the Native American Law Students Association.
Ms. Pack is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a member of the State Bar of Texas
University of Michigan Law School