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The New Jersey Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) will recognize our partner and ACTL Fellow Raymond M. Brown with its inaugural Francis X. Dee Award at the College’s annual Reception & Dinner on February 3, 2018.

The award honors the life and memory of Francis X. Dee, Esq., an outstanding trial lawyer and ACTL Fellow who devoted himself to the highest standards of the profession. Established in 2017, the award will recognize trial lawyers who have demonstrated outstanding trial and advocacy skills, high ethical and moral standards, exceptional professional conduct, and a true passion and joy for the practice of law, thus enhancing the image of the trial lawyer. 

Mr. Brown comments, “I am truly honored to receive this award from ACTL. All of us greatly respected Frank Dee as a trial lawyer and to receive an award in his name is indeed a distinction.  To be the first recipient adds a special responsibility, as would any honor offered by ACTL.”   

Raymond M. BrownMr. Brown concentrates his practice in white collar criminal defense, international human rights issues, internal investigations and complex commercial litigation.  He 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 most recently represented U.S. Senator Robert Menendez as Defense Co-Counsel against criminal allegations of public corruption and bribery brought by the U.S. government, in a highly publicized trial which ended in a hung jury and subsequent mistrial.  He has also appeared in a number of other high profile proceedings, 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.

The highly selective American College of Trial Lawyers is recognized as the preeminent organization of trial lawyers in North America, dedicated to maintaining and improving the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics and the administration of justice.