Augustus F. Brown
AUGUSTUS F. BROWN, a principal in the firm since 1985, practices in Federal and State Courts in the fields of Auto Injury, Defective Products, Highway Construction Crashes and Workers' Compensation Claims. He defends clients in criminal cases both in State and in Federal Courts.
Augustus Brown is certified by the Courts to conduct mediation Personal Injury Claims, Medical Malpractice Claims and Litigation Claims. He also serves as a privately chosen arbitrator and mediator in these types of cases.
Mr. Brown frequently facilitates jury focus groups for other trial attorneys, as well as for his own cases, on medical malpractice, negligence and auto liability case issues. He teaches other attorneys trial practice techniques, insurance settlement negotiation, and other relevant parts of the Personal Injury legal area. He trains other attorneys in jury selection, witness preparation and crafting legal arguments — topics in which he is an acknowledged expert.
Mr. Brown has been a faculty member for a number of local and national associations, teaching and demonstrating trial skills to attorneys. He is a member of the faculty of the Keenan Trial Institute (formerly the Keenan Ball Trial College) in Atlanta, Georgia, where he teaches trial preparation skills to practitioners from across the country.
In recognition of his being, in the words of Keenan Administrative Dean Tony Seaton, "the person we can always count on to teach, to be solid in his instructional methods, and to be dependable," Gus Brown was unanimously chosen as the 2019 Faculty Member of the Year by the Keenan Trial Institute.
Augustus F. Brown was the only attorney from Harford and Cecil Counties to join the pool of volunteer Trial Lawyers representing victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks. He gave hundreds of hours to successfully gain compensation for victims and their families.
In conjunction with the Harford County Bar Association, Mr. Brown helps secure pro bono legal services for eligible citizens in Harford County and Cecil County, and helps raise funds and personnel to handle landlord-tenant disputes, bankruptcies, domestic violence cases and more.
Since 1999, Mr. Brown has been a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an honor limited to the top 1% of all attorneys in the United States. Because of his skill, integrity and experience as a trial lawyer, he was also selected as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. In 2017 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award and status as one of America's Top 100 Attorneys. He is a SuperLawyer, a DIPLOMATE of the American Association for Justice (only the 118th attorney in AAJ history ever to have achieved this status), one of the Best Lawyers in America, and for over twenty-five years has maintained the highest (A/V) rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the acknowledged attorney rating service.
A member of the 9th generation of his family to reside in Harford County, Mr. Brown has been a principal in the firm since 1985. He is the grandson of A. Freeborn Brown, Jr., and the son of A. Freeborn Brown, III. He is a former Board Member of both the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association (of which he was President from 1993-1994), and the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association (of which he was President from 1990-1991).
Mr. Brown serves as Chair of the Character Committee for the 2nd Appellate Circuit (Harford and Baltimore Counties), on behalf of the Maryland State Board of Law Examiners. From 1992 through 2006 and from 2011 to the present, he has served as a member of the State Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission, recommending state Appellate Judges for appointment.
Active in community and educational affairs, Mr. Brown is often asked to testify before the General Assembly in Annapolis concerning legal issues which affect consumers.
Mr. Brown is a frequent speaker, presenter, moderator and former Governor of the Board of the American Association for Justice (AAJ — formerly ATLA); his AAJ and ATLA seminars have included personal injury litigation, jury selection and communicating with jurors.
Mr. Brown received his undergraduate degree from Villanova University, and was a Magna Cum Laude graduate from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1974, where he was a recipient of the Heuisler Honor Society Award for academic scholarship.
He served as law clerk to the late William J. O'Donell, Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals of Maryland. Mr. Brown is a former President and Board Member of the Harford County Bar Association, and served for seven years as Chair of the Board of Trustees of The John Carroll School in Bel Air. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Maryland.
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