Attorney Profiles

Andrew BrownT. Andrew Brown 

AV Rated

Rochester, New York

New York City, New York

Buffalo, New York

Albany, New York

Managing Partner, since 1994
phone (585) 286-1499 Rochester
(212) 209-7380 New York City
(866) 958-5973 Toll Free
fax (585) 454-5066
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T. Andrew Brown is a 1984 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and a 1981 graduate of Syracuse University. He is a founder and has been the Managing Partner of Brown Hutchinson LLP since 1994. Mr. Brown has practiced throughout the state of New York in the area of civil litigation and employment law, and has provided general business counsel to individuals and businesses of all sizes. He began practicing law in 1984 with the New York City offices of Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle (now Nixon Peabody) and later relocated to Rochester with the firm. Mr. Brown also has considerable public sector experience. He served as the Corporation Counsel for the City of Rochester. In that capacity he was the chief legal officer of the City and head of its law department.  He also served as Deputy County Attorney for Monroe County gaining invaluable civil litigation experience, while serving as an advisor to the County Executive and other senior County officials. Mr. Brown has represented clients at all phases of trial and appellate practice before state and federal courts, as well as before numerous administrative tribunals. His clients have included many Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, banks, insurance companies, hospitals, colleges and universities, public utility companies, municipalities, state agencies and not-for-profit organizations. In addition to serving as an advocate on behalf of clients, Mr. Brown has also been a mediator and an arbitrator on the commercial and employment panels of the American Arbitration Association since 1996. He is also former General Counsel of the National Bar Association, the largest association of attorneys and judges of color in the world. He is a past President of the Monroe County Bar Association. He is also a past President of the Rochester Black Bar Association. He is a Vice President of the New York State Bar Association. He is Chair of the Trial Lawyers Section of the NYSBA. Mr. Brown brings a broad and diversified background to the practice of law, including adjunct teaching positions with the State University of New York and past service on many boards and commissions. He is also a member of the New York State Board of Regents. He has been a frequent presenter at seminars and conferences on legal matters, and has written and published many articles on an array of legal topics.

Areas of Practice:

    • Commercial Litigation
    • General Civil Litigation
    • Employment Law and Litigation
    • Public Sector

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • General Business Counsel

Bar Admissions:

  • New York, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1993
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1999

Education:

  • The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1984
    Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, 1981
    Bachelor of Arts
    Major:  Political Science
  • Foreign and Comparative Study, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Europe, 1980

Published Works:

    • Third Party Crime in the Retail and Hospitality Industry: Are You Protected? NYSBA Trial Lawyers Section Digest, Winter 2015
    • When is a Deal a Deal? January 2016
    • "Future of the Legal Profession", New York State Bar Association, Special 2011
    • Reflections on a Presidency, The Daily Record, June, 2009
    • Should a Law School Be Built, The Daily Record, May, 2009
    • Upholding a Just Society, The Daily Record, April, 2009
    • Help Us To Increase Access to Justice, The Daily Record, March, 2009
    • Our Role in Our History, The Daily Record, February, 2009
    • Reflections on a New Year, The Daily Record, January, 2009
    • Fully Funding Legal Services: A Cost-Saving Measure, The Daily Record, December, 2008
    • 2008 MCBA Memorial Service Honors Colleagues, Friends, The Daily Record, November, 2008
    • The Future of the Supreme Court, The Daily Record, October, 2008
    • Lawyers for Learning Also Helping Us, The Daily Record, September, 2008
    • MCBA Receives ABA's Harrison Tweed Award, The Daily Record, August, 2008
    • Reflections of the Past as We Move Forward, The Daily Record, July, 2008
    • Sexual Harassment: A Workplace Equal Opportunity Offense, The Daily Record, January, 2004
    • Erasing the Myth of Employee Rights, Pride of Rochester, 2002
    • Racial Profiling: Myth or Reality, Pride of Rochester, 2002
    • Divorce and Separation, The Frederick Douglass Voice, 1995
    • New York Lemon Law, The Frederick Douglass Voice, 1995
    • On-The-Job Injuries, The Frederick Douglass Voice, 1995
    • Purchasing Residential Real Estate - What to Expect, The Frederick Douglass Voice, 1995
    • Lawyers: Who Needs One?, The Frederick Douglass Voice, January, 1995
    • Employee Rights, The Frederick Douglass Voice, February, 1995
    • Overview of a Civil Lawsuit, The Frederick Douglass Voice, March, 1995
    • Rights of Landlords and Tenants, The Frederick Douglass Voice, April, 1995
    • Why You Need a Will, The Frederick Douglass Voice, May, 1995
    • Sexual Harassment on the Job, The Frederick Douglass Voice, July, 1995
    • Auto Accident Law, The Frederick Douglass Voice, July, 1995
    • Health Care Proxy, The Frederick Douglass Voice, August, 1995
    • "Statute of Limitations for Racial Discrimination Claims Extended in Federal District Court Decision", The Daily Record, April, 2002
    • Contributor and Editor, "Legal Writing for Legal Assistants", Hoffmann LLC, (c), 2002
    • Contributor and Editor, "Basics for Paralegals", Hoffmann LLC, (c), 2002
    • Contributor and Editor, "Wages," "Right-to-Know," and "Employment of Minors", Employer's Guide to New York State Labor Laws, 1988
    • Contributor and Editor, New York Employment Law Update, 1997
    • "Future of the Legal Profession", New York State Bar Association, Special 2011

Honors and Awards:

    • Adolph J. Rodenbeck Award, May 2016
    • AV-Rated (Preeminent), Martindale Hubbell
    • Super Lawyer, Civil Litigation/Trials
    • Who's Who in American Law
    • Presidential Award, New York State Bar Association, 2011
    • Leaders in Law Award, Daily Record, 2011
    • Trailblazer Award, Rochester Black Bar Association, 2010
    • Gate Opener Award, Rochester City School District, 2009
    • New York Super Lawyer, 2007 – Present
    • Pioneer Award, Rochester Black Bar Association, 2006
    • Presidential Award, National Bar Association, 2004
    • FLD Excellence in Community Service Award, 2001
    • Rochester Business Journal 40 Under 40 Business Leader Award, 1996

Professional Associations, Boards and Memberships, Past and Present:

    • Governor's Screening Committee for Appellate Division appointments
    • New York State Board of Regents, Regent and Vice Chancellor
    • New York State Bar Association, Vice President
    • Trials Lawyers Section, NYSBA, Chair
    • National Bar Association, Former General Counsel
    • Rochester Black Bar Association, Past President
    • Monroe County Bar Association, Past President
    • New York State Human Rights Advisory Council
    • Westside Health Services Inc., Board
    • Compeer, Inc. Board
    • Center for Dispute Settlement Board
    • Garth Fagan Dance Company Board
    • Baden Street Settlement Board
    • Monroe Community College Paralegal Studies Program, Advisory Board
    • Coalition of North East Associations, Inc. Board
    • Monroe County Conditional Release Commission (Local Parole Board)
    • Advisory Council Region VI New York State Division of Human Rights, Past Chair
    • Public Utilities Services Association, Trustee
    • Hillside Children’s Center Board
    • Regional Arts and Cultural Council, Board Secretary
    • Solo and Small Firm Practice Commission, Former Chief Judge Kaye appointment
    • New York State Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission on Diversity, Chief Judge Lippman appointment
    • American Jury Project and Commission, American Bar Association

Past Employment Positions:

  • Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle (now Nixon Peabody) – Public Finance, Civil Litigation and Employment Law New York City, New York; Rochester, New York, 1984 – 1988
  • Monroe County, New York – Civil Litigation, Employment and Municipal Law, Deputy County Attorney, 1988 – 1994
  • Corporation Counsel, City of Rochester, 2014-2015