Prior In-house Experience
- Private manufacturing family-owned business
- Startup tech firms
- Startup fitness, wellness, and supplement companies
- Professor of Business Law & Ethics, undergraduate, University of Texas, McCombs School of Business
- Professor of Commercial Transactions, Masters of Professional Accounting Program, University of Texas, McCombs School of Business
- Professor of Public Speaking, undergraduate, St. Edwards University, Austin, TX
- University of Texas & Northwestern University, BS Corporate Communication 2002
- University of Southern California, JD 2006
- Admitted to practice law in Texas and Illinois
Brad was born and raised in the Chicago area. He graduated from Deerfield High School, nationally recognized as one of the country’s top public high schools, then decided to begin venturing down the road less travelled from the Midwest to the University of Texas at Austin.
Upon arriving in Austin, Brad immediately embraced all aspects of Texas and Austin living. At UT, Brad earned his BS in Corporate Communication and graduated with high honors while also racking up thousands of miles on the Shoal Creek running trail. He was also heavily involved with campus activities, including holding executive office in the traditional UT service organization, the Texas Cowboys, and the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternal organization. Truly diving into Texas culture during his time at UT, he also coached a young ladies’ soccer team in Round Rock, TX, worked for the Texas Propane Gas Association, became an enthusiastic college football fan, and bought his first rumbling V8 Mustang.
Brad carried his increasingly varying background to Los Angeles to attend law school at the University of Southern California, where his studies focused upon corporate and entrepreneurial areas of law. (While Brad feels compelled to apologize to fellow Trojans for Texas’ win in the 2005 BCS National Championship game and his presence in the Longhorn student section for that game, he is an equally spirited supporter of both the Trojan and Longhorn families.) While living in Los Angeles, Brad began to leverage his legal and business education into professional forays in fashion design, clothing manufacturing, and entertainment marketing. Throughout his years at USC Law, Brad put his education to work and owned and operated two different companies, and even found time to satisfy his passion for teaching by working with individual middle school and high school students in the LA area to help them achieve independent academic success. On that note, his favorite “clients” are actually his students!
Brad is currently a Professor of business law, business ethics, and commercial transactions in The McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas – Austin. He stays in shape by carrying around a copy of the Uniform Commercial Code and encourages students to work hard and live a healthy, balanced life. Every semester, over 500 of the brightest young minds in the world sit in his auditorium classroom and learn how the real world of business operates and how to prepare for it. Brad finds this work to be extremely rewarding and loves giving back to the University that was so good to him as a student!
Brad also educates corporate and executive education professionals on matters such as taxes, mergers and acquisitions, product compliance, business ethics, and the environmental impact of products and services. Although not a CPA himself, Brad teaches executive education courses to Certified Public Accountants, and is a faculty member in UT’s esteemed Masters of Professional Accounting Program.
This complementary background of a legal education, and business ownership led Brad to begin his legal career in his beloved hometown of Chicago, working with furniture, bedding, and packaging component manufacturer Adams Foam. Over the following decade, Brad practiced in traditional general counsel roles, as well as attended to niche legal compliance areas such as laws pertaining to furniture safety or truthfulness in advertising and marketing environmentally-preferable products. Brad is equally comfortable working with well-known multi-national corporations or local small businesses, and has worked on deals with Whole Foods, Volvo, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Comcast, United Kingdom Trade & Investment, and the world’s largest float therapy center, Just Float in Pasadena, CA.
Brad is happily married to his wife, Mira, whom he first met on a beach halfway around the world in 2007. After many phone calls, including a phone bill of over $2,000 (yes, you read that correctly) during the first month of courtship, they worked through the marital immigration process and Mira joined Brad in Chicago where they celebrated with Chicago-favorite deep dish pizza from Pequod’s. Their little family multiplied soon after with the furry addition of Laika the Airedale, named after the first dog in space. Laika is often mistaken for a live teddy bear and enjoys smoked brisket, kale stems, and tennis balls. Now finally back in Austin, all three can often be found at the Lady Bird Lake trail.
Brad is excited to bring his academic, legal practice, and business management background to Grable Martin Fulton PLLC and its clients.