925 Crossroads Building, Two State Street, Rochester, NY 14614

T. Andrew Brown

Managing Partner

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Andrew Brown of Rochester, New York, is the founder and managing partner of Brown Hutchinson LLP, and a Past President of the New York State Bar Association.  He is a former chair of the Trial Lawyers Section and Finance Committee, Vice-President for the 7th Judicial District, and co-chair of the Task Force on the Future of the Legal Profession and the Task Force on Racial Injustice and Police Reform, among other NYSBA leadership positions. Brown formerly practiced as an associate with Nixon, Hargrave, Devans and Doyle (now Nixon Peabody) in the New York City and Rochester offices. He also formerly served as Rochester’s Corporation Counsel and Chief Legal Officer, overseeing the City’s legal affairs and its law department.


As Managing Partner of Brown Hutchinson LLP, Brown provides the overall management and direction of the firm. His civil litigation practice covers all phases of civil trial and appeals. His practice is statewide in state and federal courts. His clientele is nationwide. He has also been a mediator and arbitrator on the commercial, employment and complex case panels of the American Arbitration Association since 1996.


He has received many awards for his business and civic achievements, and is rated at the highest level for attorneys, AV-Preeminent, for both legal ability and ethics by Martindale-Hubbell. His experience and success have also earned him recognition by Super Lawyer as one of the best trial lawyers in New York. Brown is also a past president of the Monroe County Bar Association and the Rochester Black Bar Association. He is a past general counsel of the National Bar Association. He recently completed nine years on the New York State Board of Regents, the last five as Vice-Chancellor. He was the Rochester Institute of Technology Minett Professor for the 2022-2023 academic year. He is currently a faculty member of the Trial Advocacy Workshop at Harvard Law School. Brown earned his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, and his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University.

Published Works:

  • NYSBA Seizes the Moment, Maintains Relevance as World Changes, NYSBA Journal, June 2022
  • Want Diversity in the Legal System? Start by Revising Question 26 in the Bar Application, NYSBA Journal, March/April 2022
  • NY Bar Admissions, Criminal History Query is Unjust, Illegal, NY Law Journal, March 2022
  • Unprovoked Attack on Lawyers Doing Their Jobs Must Stop, NY Law Journal, March 2022
  • By Prioritizing Our Humanity, We Prioritize Our Profession, NYSBA Journal January/February 2022
  • Why All Lawyers Should Care About Education, NYSBA Journal, December 2021
  • Planning for a Just Post-Pandemic Future, NYSBA Journal, December 2021
  • Third Party Crime in the Retail and Hospitality Industry: Are You Protected? Trial Lawyers Section Digest, Winter 2015
  • When is a Deal a Deal? NYSBA Trial Lawyers Digest, 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
  • “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, New York Employment Law Update,1997
  • Contributor and Editor, “Wages,” “Right-to-Know,” and “Employment of Minors”, Employer’s Guide to New York State Labor Laws, 1988
  • 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

Professional Associations, Boards and Memberships, Past and Present:

  • New York State Bar Association (Past President)
  • Monroe County Bar Association (Past President)
  • National Bar Association (Past General Counsel)
  • Rochester Black Bar Association (Past President)
  • National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (Member Firm)
  • New York State Board of Regents (Former Vice Chancellor)
  • Governor’s Screening Committee, Appellate Division Appointments (Member)
  • New York State Human Rights Advisory Council (Former Member)
  • Westside Health Services, Inc. (Former Director)
  • Compeer Inc. (Former Director)
  • Center for Dispute Settlement (Former Director)
  • Garth Fagan Dance Company (Former Director)
  • Baden Street Settlement (Director Board)
  • Monroe Community College Paralegal Studies Program (Former Advisory Board)
  • Coalition of North East Associations Inc. (Former Director)
  • Monroe County Conditional Release Commission (Local Parole Board) (Former Commissioner)
  • Advisory Council Region VI New York State Division of Human Rights (Past Chair)
  • Public Utilities Services Association (Former Trustee)
  • Rochester Regional Arts and Cultural Commission (Former Director)


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