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Provided by James Brown

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Career

James Brown is an experienced trial lawyer handling complex litigation throughout the courts of Louisiana and the U.S., with a focus on banking, contract, and professional liability disputes, class action defense, and insurance coverage litigation. He also advises clients in crisis management matters. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, he has a national reputation in key areas of complex litigation: corporate disputes, class actions, legal malpractice defense, director and officer liability, antitrust, trusts and estates litigation, and other complex issues. Following multiple terms of service on the firm's Board of Directors, Compensation Committee, and as the Chair of the Commercial Litigation Section, Mr. Brown now serves as the firm's General Counsel and Loss Prevention Partner. He also heads the Professional Liability Group.

Professional Memberships

New Orleans Ethics Review Board – Member by appointment of the Mayor, 2013–2019. Vice Chair, 2017-18; Chair, 2018-2019 Oversees the New Orleans Inspector General and Independent Police Monitor and administers and enforces the New Orleans Code of Governmental Ethics. Mr. Brown Chaired the 2017 New Orleans Inspector General search.

Chaired 2016 U.S. Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel by appointment of the Chief Judge of the federal court.

American College of Trial Lawyers – Chair of the Louisiana Delegation; Fellow and Louisiana State Committee Member

Immediate Past Chair, American Bar Association Presidential Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability – by appointment of the ABA President

Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center - Adjunct Professor in Torts and Trial Advocacy, 1992 - present

Past Chair, Continuing Legal Education Program Committee, Louisiana State Bar Association

Past Co-Chair, ABA Professional Liability Litigation Committee

LSBA's “P’s and Q’s” Ethics and Professionalism Program, Co-chair

Law Clerk to the Honorable Alvin B. Rubin, Circuit Judge, United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1984 - 1985

New Orleans, Louisiana State and American Bar Associations - Member

Judge John C. Boutall American Inn of Court - Master

Louisiana Bar Foundation - Fellow

American Judicature Society - Member

National Institute for Trial Advocacy - Member

Advisory Council Vice Chair, Louisiana State University Honors College

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Litigation: General Commercial - Louisiana
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James Brown handles an array of commercial disputes for banks, insurance companies and charter schools, among other clients.
"James is an absolutely terrific, smart and well-prepared lawyer." "James Brown is smart, responsive and knows the local landscape very well. He is my go-to lawyer in New Orleans." "James Brown is a strong and knowledgeable attorney."

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