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We like to think that we are a lot like our home city of Raleigh. A small and vibrant city. A dynamic neighborhood with traditional values. An educated plus tolerant environment. A big appetite and an even bigger heart. A local boutique with a national presence. Take a look at the campaigns we’ve fought all over the country, defending businesses, insurers, professionals, and executives in the fights of their lives.

Campaigns

Conflict

Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation

As with the firm’s professional clients, Brown places special emphasis on the defense of insurers in complex and often nasty insurance coverage disputes around the country. The firm’s willingness to try cases to verdict and experience doing so is often helpful to the firm’s insurer clients at all stages of a dispute.

  • As lead counsel for an insurer, defended the carrier’s interests in connection with an underlying massive coverage and bad faith lawsuit involving the nation’s largest title insurer and alleged damages exceeding $1 billion.
  • As lead counsel for the primary D&O, E&O, and Fiduciary insurer, defended carrier in $100+ million coverage dispute arising from the historic collapse of major, commercial real estate lender.
  • As lead counsel for an insurer, participated in the defense of a $70 million bad faith insurance coverage case involving insured’s complex “multi-conditional-settlement-demand” scheme.
  • As lead counsel for an insurer, defended carrier’s interests in complex multi-state debt collection processing controversy involving alleged damages exceeding $25 million.
  • As lead counsel for a primary E&O carrier, defended and represented carrier’s interests in multiple $10+ million dollar securities claims arising from collapse of Florida-based broker-dealer.

Professional Malpractice Defense

Brown is especially proud of their record defending professionals in jury trials. Brown’s clients include doctors, nurses, hospitals, lawyers, accountants, architects, engineers, and financial advisors. As a result of the firm’s experience, Brown strives to be compassionate to the firm’s clients and relentlessly aggressive to the firm’s opponents in malpractice cases.

  • As lead counsel, defended jury trial to verdict for regionally prominent title and settlement agent in significant mortgage fraud matter.
  • As lead counsel, defended jury trial to verdict for national specialty hospital in nursing malpractice case involving administration of incorrect medication leading to patient’s permanent blindness.
  • As lead counsel, defended federal jury trial to verdict of $10 million malpractice cancer misdiagnosis death case.
  • As lead counsel, defended jury trial to verdict of prominent veterinarian in $3.8 million malpractice case arising from the alleged sterilization of a world-famous stallion.

Design Team and Construction Defense

The firm frequently defends architects, engineers of all disciplines, and builders in construction disputes arising from major projects. The firm’s jury trial experience in this field includes design and construction defects, fraud, unfair trade practices, water infiltration, and mold cases.

  • As lead counsel, currently defending project architect in the claims arising from the multiple-fatality scaffolding collapse.
  • As lead counsel, defended high-profile, local public official architect and his architecture firm in arbitration through award of case involving multi-million dollar fraud and professional malpractice claims.
  • As lead counsel, defended architecture firm in arbitration through award of case involving alleged major design defects in regionally prominent synagogue.

Catastrophic Injury Defense

The firm has defended many high exposure personal injury cases, including jury trials and appeals arising in a variety of fields. The firm’s jury trials include cases where the damages sought exceeded $10,000,000.

  • As lead counsel, defended main target/defendant in personal injury case involving the “Vortex” amusement ride catastrophe at the North Carolina State Fair.
  • As lead counsel, defended jury trial of main target/defendant in high-profile case involving the drowning of a child in a prominent private club swimming pool.
  • As lead counsel, defended jury trial of high-profile paraplegia case involving allegations of inadequate security after being hired to replace prior defense counsel two weeks before trial.

Class Actions and Mass Tort Defense

Brown has defended private and public entities in debt collection, civil rights, wage and hour, mass tort, products liability, and high technology software class actions at both the class certification and merits stages.

  • As lead counsel, defended high-profile class action involving North Carolina’s child support collections system software.
  • As lead counsel, defended class action involving national real estate developer and property management company regarding fees and debts charged in leases.
  • As lead counsel, defended class action of real estate listing company.

Civil Rights and Employment Law Defense

Employers from around the country and their insurers frequently seek Brown’s representation in disputes that involve nearly every type of employment matter, including whistle-blower, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, workplace violence, covenants not to compete, employment contracts, OSHA, and ERISA. Brown has also handled significant constitutional and civil rights cases, including the defense of the employment decisions rendered by local and county governments and other governmental entities such as housing authorities and health departments. Brown has defended law enforcement and correctional facility personnel in excessive force and deliberate indifference to medical needs actions. Brown has represented public employers in trial and appellate courts, including the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

  • As lead counsel, defended two wrongfully accused African-American student-athletes in a landmark, nationally publicized civil rights and rape case.
  • As lead counsel, defended jury trial to verdict of national mental health certifying/licensing board in false credentialing case.

Complex Business Defense

Brown is often called upon to protect business entities and their respective officers and directors from plaintiffs or competitors. Brown’s experience includes shareholder derivative actions, the defense of cases involving trade secrets and unfair competition practices, challenges to corporate ownership or transfers, business judgment rule issues, corporate espionage, and fraud.

  • As lead counsel, defended technology company, its founders, its executives, and its investment bankers in $25 million trade secret theft and unfair trade practices case.

Crisis

Corporate Crisis Counsel

The Brown crisis team represents corporations and professional services firms forced to address the death, impairment, deceit, dishonesty, or misconduct of a partner or employee.

Professional Crisis Counsel

The Brown crisis team represents and advises professionals of all types and disciplines before courts, licensure boards and regulatory agencies when questions of competence, ethics, or compliance threaten a professional’s reputation, licensure, or standing.

  • Our firm has represented and counseled professionals confronting legal and licensure ramifications of major life challenges such as alcoholism, divorce, criminal misconduct, substance abuse, dishonesty, and depression.
  • Our firm has represented and counseled professionals of all types and disciplines in actions surrounding allegations of malpractice, incompetence and breaches of standards of care.
  • Our firm has represented and counseled surgeons, physicians, and attorneys in inquiries and grievance proceedings involving billing irregularities and financial improprieties.
  • Our firm has represented and counseled attorneys, surgeons and physicians in inquiries and grievance proceedings regarding allegations of impairment and substance abuse.
  • Our firm has represented and counseled engineers and architects in inquiries and grievance proceedings regarding competence and design sufficiency and safety.
  • Our firm has represented and counseled attorneys in sanctions hearings and ethics inquiries and grievance proceedings.
  • Our firm has represented and counseled professionals facing expulsion from their firm or organization. 

Executive Crisis Counsel

The Brown crisis team represents and advises executives facing threats to their personal and business reputations and careers. This important legal work takes the form of private advice and counsel, negotiations, or defense in civil actions.

  • Our firm has represented and counseled executives facing legal challenges associated with accusations of sexual harassment, personal misconduct, and infidelity.
  • Our firm has represented and counseled executives facing legal challenges associated with aftermath of severe personal or family crisis such as death of a spouse or child.
  • Our firm has represented and counseled executives facing legal challenges associated with alcoholism, substance abuse, and addiction.
  • Our firm has represented and counseled executives facing criminal charges and governmental investigations.
  • Our firm has represented and counseled executives facing legal challenges associated with anger management and workplace violence.
  • Our firm has represented and counseled executives facing expulsion or termination of their employment and shareholder rights as a result of personal or professional crisis.

Collaboration

Collaborative Resolution

"There is no instance of a nation having benefitted from prolonged warfare.” Sun Tzu, The Art of War. The same is true for litigation. The axiom that only the lawyers benefit from protracted battles is, sadly, too often (if not always) true. If you want an end to your conflict, if you want resolution; if you want to achieve peace and are willing to truly commit yourself to an open, honest, unique, and valuable mechanism to explore compromise, we are here to help. Our collaboration team utilizes the principles and mechanisms espoused by the Harvard Negotiation Project and negotiation visionaries such as Roger Fisher and William Ury. If “Yes” is what you’re looking to secure, let us help you get there through our creation of solutions that are individually crafted for you, the other constituents, and your particular issues and concerns.

  • As lead counsel, created, implemented, and led a novel, tiered resolution process in a multi-state, multi-million dollar dispute involving engineering issues with hundreds of structures.
  • As lead counsel, developed a creative mediation method in an eight-figure construction and design defect case involving carbon monoxide issues at a major public university.
  • As lead counsel for an insurer facing substantial exposure in a ten-figure coverage and bad faith action, helped construct a cooperative mediation process.

Mediation and Arbitration

Our firm has led and participated in countless mediations of all shapes and sizes. We have a “tried and true” mediation method and philosophy that can be molded to fit any case, any conflict, and any dispute in a cost-effective and timely fashion. Likewise, we have represented claimants and respondents in numerous significant arbitrations through final award, sometimes on as short a notice as two weeks’ time. Our experiences include local and international arbitration.

Mediator Services

Our firm has provided mediator services in a variety of private professional and commercial settings.