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Mr. Brown is a nationally recognized trial, appellate, and arbitration lawyer, representing Fortune 1000 companies and their officers and directors in complex disputes over major insurance claims. He has acted as lead counsel in lawsuits and arbitrations involving large claims under virtually every type of insurance policy for companies operating across numerous industries, including major energy companies, financial institutions, product manufacturers and major distributors, chemical companies, pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceuticals, health organizations, entertainment and other media companies, retail stores, developers, mining and construction companies, electronics companies, software manufacturers, ski resorts, and more.

  • Representing Exxon Mobil in arbitration proceedings over coverage for MTBE-related liabilities. See ExxonMobil Oil Corp. v. TIG Ins. Co., No. 16 Civ. 9527, filed Dec. 9, 2016 (S.D.N.Y.).
  • Representing Vulcan Materials Company in litigation over coverage for 1,4-dioxane liability claims. See Legacy Vulcan LLC v. Transport Ins. Co., et al., No. 19STCV2426, filed July 12, 2019 (Calif. Super. Ct., Los Angeles C’ty).
  • Representing Genentech subsidiary InterMune, Inc., in arbitration over coverage for defense costs incurred in criminal action brought against former InterMune CEO.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Fellow, The American Bar Foundation 
  • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, Member
  • Insurance Law360, "Most Admired Attorneys" (2010)
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, "Insurance: Policyholder" (2003-2020), ranked as an "individual star" among the leading policy holder lawyers in California (a ranking above the "first tier") since 2008.
  • Best Lawyers in America in two separate categories: Commercial Litigation and Insurance Law (2003-2020)
  • Best Lawyers in America - Lawyer of the Year; Insurance Law, San Francisco (2012)
  • Northern California Super Lawyers, Insurance Coverage (2004-2019)
  • Benchmark California, "Litigation Star" (2018-2019)
  • Law & Politics “Top 100” Lawyers in Northern California (2011)
  • Benchmark: Litigation, National Star - Insurance Litigation; California Star (2012-2014)
  • Legal 500 US, “Leading Lawyer” - Insurance: Advice to Policyholders (2014-2019 ("Leading Lawyers: Hall of Fame"))   
  • The Practical Law Company (PLC) - Insurance and Reinsurance, The Law and Leading Lawyers Worldwide (2011)
  • Best of the Best USA, Insurance and Reinsurance (2011)
  • The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers (2012-2013)
  • The Legal Media Group Guide to the World's Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers (2013)