Brown & Charbonneau, LLP
420 Exchange, Ste 270
Irvine, CA 92602
(714) 505-3000 www.bc-llp.com
Gregory G. Brown, Esq. is an accomplished jury trial veteran and Certified Specialist in Civil Trial Advocacy, a distinction earned by only approximately 150 lawyers in California. A trial lawyer for over 30 years, he has spent over 300 days as lead trial counsel in trials throughout California. A student of the jury trial, Brown has been awarded Martindale-Hubbell's highest honor, an AV Rating, signifying that his legal abilities are of the "very highest standard" and his professional ethics are "unquestionable." He is a member of The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers for nine years straight. Mr Brown has been named to Best Lawyers annual list of the Best Lawyers in America. He has earned the coveted Avvo Rating of "Superb 10/10" and is Lead Counsel Rated. Brown has been named to the prestigious Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers since 1997. He is also a graduate of the internationally renowned Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.
Brown's trial and litigation experience includes contract actions, fraud cases, trade secret litigation, trust litigation, commercial contract disputes, intellectual property disputes, unfair competition, false advertising, shareholder derivative actions, corporate litigation, complex dissolution actions, real estate & construction, personal injury and professional liability suits. Recently he obtained a $2,930,000 verdict for his client in a business fraud case against a publicly traded company and two of its directors. His successful defense of a Fortune 500 company in a $30,000,000 fraud and breach of contract jury trial was featured in Verdict Magazine. One of his largest trials involved a trust and community property dispute over the ownership of a well known food & beverage manufacturer valued at over $175,000,000. The Los Angeles Daily Journal has featured Brown's achievements on multiple occasions, including a full page "Litigator Profile." Brown's cases and many trial successes have been featured in many magazines and periodicals, including Forbes Magazine.
Brown is an expert in the use of cutting edge trial technology, which no doubt gives his clients the edge. Brown's use of technology in the court room began when he represented a trial presentation software development company in trial against a competitor in the 1990's. Brown has since prepared hundreds of high winning trial presentations, including Power Point and video Openings and Closings, animations, trial graphics, trial witness examinations and video presentations. He has counseled clients and attorneys in the successful use of trial technology, and has used virtually all types of effective and persuasive evidence presentation tools in trial.
Born in La Jolla, California, Mr. Brown attended the University of San Diego School of Law, graduating in May 1987. He was named to the prestigious San Diego Law Review and served on the publication's staff for two years. In his senior year he was a founding editor of the Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues. He is a member of the California Bar, as well as the following professional associations: Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (Member of Board of Directors), Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Business Law Section of the State Bar of California and Orange County Bar Association. Brown was nominated Trial Lawyer of the Year for 2005 and 2006, and was a finalist in 2008.
Mr. Brown served on the Board of Directors of the Orangewood Children's Foundation/PALS Charity for over 12 years. He is a sports enthusiast, triathlete, marathon runner, and Ironman Triathlon Finisher!
- Super Lawyers Award (top 5% of California Attorneys) - Best Lawyers in America by US News & World Report - Highest AV Preeminent rating for Legal Ability & Ethics - Named Leaders in Law by Forbes Magazine - Highest Superb 10/10 Rating by AVVO - Top 100 Trial Lawyers by National Trial Lawyers - Ranked 10 Best Family Law by AIOFLA - Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys - Lead Counsel Rated Lawyer - Best Attorneys of America (Top 100 in CA) - Premier 100 American Academy of Trial Attorneys
Awards & Achievements
- American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) - Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum - "Attorney of the Year (Western U.S.) by Rocket Lawyer - "Orange County Power Lawyers" by Riviera Magazine - "Top Attorneys in Orange County" by OC Register Metro - Over $40,000,000 in Awards & Settlements Since 2003 - Helped raise over $1,000,000 for Orangewood Children's Home - "Certified Trial Specialist", Gregory G. Brown - "Trial Lawyer of the Year" Finalist, Gregory G. Brown - "Top Attorneys in Southern California", Los Angeles Magazine - $5,600,000 Trial Award in Complex Business/Trust Case (later settled for 8 figures) - Orangewood Children's Foundation, Board of Directors, 1996 - 2008 - Orange County Trial Lawyers Board of Directors, 2009 - 2013
90% of Practice Devoted to Trial/Litigation
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Business Litigation Contract Actions Fraud Cases Trade Secret Litigation Trust Litigation Commercial Litigation Intellectual Property Disputes Unfair Competition False Advertising Shareholder Derivative Actions Corporate Litigation Complex Family Law Personal Injury Catastrophic Injury Professional Liability Construction and Products Liability Suits
CERTIFIED LEGAL SPECIALTIES
Civil Trial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocates, 2009
California, 1987 U.S. District Court, 1988
University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California - May, 1987 Honors: Named in Prestigious San Diego Law Review Law Review: San Diego Law Review, Publication's Staff, 1985 - 1987 Law Journal: Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues, Founding Editor, 1986 - 1987 Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA Bachelor of Science - Finance - May, 1984 Honors: Dean's List Minor: English
Technology in the Modern Trial, Litigation Magazine (California Bar), Vol 17, Number 3, 2004 Risk Management in Construction, Builder & Developer Magazine, 2001 Selecting the Best Corporate Structure for your Business, Inland Empire Business Journal, 2000 Using Stock Plans to Attract & Retain Employees, Orange County Business Journal, 1999 The Internet Meets the First Amendment - Bleep.com, Orange County Business Journal, 1999 Risk Management 101 for Business, Internet Syndication, 2010 Drafting Enforceable Contracts, Internet Syndication, 2010 The Use of Illegal Recordings in California, Internet Syndication, 2010 Recovery of Interest, When, How & How Much, Internet Syndication, 2010 Tips for Selling a Business, Internet Syndication, 2010 Cross Examination for Trial Lawyers, Internet Syndication, 2010 What to Do if You are Sued, Internet Syndication, 2010 How to Choose the Best Attorney, Internet Syndication, 2010 The Use of Technology in Trial, Internet Syndication, 2010 Negotiation of Business Transactions, Internet Syndication, 2010 What Every Business Owner Should Know, Internet Syndication, 2010 Trial Preparation-The Final Days, Internet Syndication, 2010
CLASSES/SEMINARS Post Sale Duty to Warn in Products Liability, Orange County Bar Association, December 1, 2009 - Present How to Use Technology in Trial, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association Managing Risk for the Business Owner, Irvine Chamber of Commerce Technology in the Modern Trial, Orange County Paralegal Association, December 1, 2006 Settlement Strategies for Litigation, Midland Risk Insurance Co. Marketing for Lawyers, Orange County Bar Association Trial Preparation: The Last 100 Days, Orange County Bar Association
HONORS AND AWARDS Super Lawyers Award (top 5% of attorneys), 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013 Nominated Trial Lawyer of the Year, 2010 Avvo Rating of "Superb", 10.0 out of 10.0, 2009 - Present Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist, 2008 Nominated Trial Lawyer of the Year, 2006 Martindale-Hubbell's Highest Honor, an "AV" Rating, 1997 - Present Prestigious Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, 1997 - Present
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors California Bar Association, Member Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Member State Bar of California, Business Law Section, Member Orange County Bar Association, Member Litigation Section, Orange County Bar Association, Member
PAST EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS Kring & Brown, LLP, Managing Partner, Partner, Associate 1987 - 2003
PRO BONO ACTIVITIES Board of Directors, Orangewood Children's Foundation/PALS Charity Constitutional Rights Foundation Orangewood Children's Foundation Down's Syndrome Association of California Knots of Love, Children's Cancer Organization