My work is driven by a deeply rooted passion for law and justice. In my mind, it’s imperative that I demonstrate to each client my capacity and willingness to understand their core concerns and “human” needs. This process takes time, and may uncover issues that extend beyond the legal matter at hand, but in the end it becomes a vital component of a successful strategy.

Mr. Brown concentrates his practice in white collar criminal defense, international human rights issues, internal investigations and complex commercial litigation.  He has defended clients in state and federal courts and before administrative tribunals. He is a leading figure in the developing area of law related to the regulation and enforcement of business requirements for human rights compliance.

Mr. Brown has extensive experience as a trial lawyer and has handled a wide variety of criminal and civil matters representing individuals, corporations and government entities. He has appeared in a number of high profile trials, including the nine-month trial involving former U.S. Secretary of Labor Raymond J. Donovan and the successful eight-year defense of senior executives of a major multinational corporation charged with environmental violations. Mr. Brown has appeared in courts in twelve states and has conducted investigations in the U.S. and in Kenya, El Salvador, the Cayman Islands, Switzerland, the Bahamas, Colombia and Sierra Leone. His international experience includes qualifying as Counsel before the International Criminal Court in The Hague and serving as Co-Lead Defense Counsel at the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

Mr. Brown counsels foreign and domestic multinationals on a broad range of corporate risk management, governance, and transactional issues, including those at the intersection of human rights and business concerns. He advises on compliance obligations, supply chain management issues, and the potential reputational risks and “bottom line” impacts facing corporations whose operational practices become entangled in human rights violations, both domestically and on the international stage.

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, American Board of Criminal Lawyers
  • 2014 recipient of Litigation Counsel of America’s Peter Perlman Service Award
  • Selected by The Best Lawyers in America as 2013 Woodbridge "Lawyer of the Year" in the Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar practice area
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America  in the Corporate Governance and Compliance Law, Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar, and Criminal Defense: White-Collar practice areas (1989 – present)
  • Listed in New Jersey Super Lawyers  in the Criminal Defense: White Collar category (2007 – present)
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV® Preeminent

Uniquely NJ

  • Host of the Emmy Award winning New Jersey Network public television program "Due Process”
  • Member, Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey; past President
  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association, Criminal Law Section; member, Task Force on Judicial Independence
  • Trustee, Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey
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More Activities & Experience

  • Member, American Bar Association; Sections of Criminal Justice and International Law
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; former Board member and Parliamentarian

Academic Appointments

  • Has taught International Criminal Law in the Seton Hall/American University Program at Cairo, Egypt and at Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations
  • Visiting Professor and Research Scholar, Seton Hall University School of Law; has taught International Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Professional Responsibility

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Education

Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, J.D., 1974

Columbia University, B.A., 1969

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1974
  • New York, 1983      
  • Special Court for Sierra Leone, 2004