Oana Brooks was with the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City for seven years starting in 2007, including one year as the chief of the Juvenile Division. She said she was always striving to make Baltimore a safer place.
“I will always be grateful for the privilege of serving the citizens of Baltimore,” Brooks said. “In my time as a prosecutor, I handled serious violent crimes, including shootings and felony sexual offenses. I often met people on their worst days, and yet they entrusted me with their truths. It was an honor and will remain one of the best jobs I ever had.”
She joined Johns Hopkins University in 2015 as an equity compliance investigator who investigated allegations of sexual harassment, sexual violence and discriminatory hiring practices. She said her next step — founding her own law firm last fall — was her most significant professional accomplishment. Her practice focuses on employment discrimination and student misconduct in higher education.
“Starting BrooksLaw has been a big undertaking, but I could not be prouder of the work I am privileged to do,” Brooks said. “I love helping people and solving problems. I have been very fortunate that I built a career that has allowed me to do just that.
“Opening my practice has been an expansion of the work I love in an environment I created,” Brooks said. “I control the cases I take, the people I work for, the causes I fight for and how I spend my time. Because I drive the firm’s mission and values, I am able to practice law and create a culture I am proud of simultaneously.”
Brooks said her work has had a positive impact on her profession and community.
I have dedicated my career to providing a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. Helping others is what brings me the most joy.”