Before his service as a civil trial judge, Justice Brown was a partner at Sewell & Riggs. After he left the district court, he joined the law firm of Orgain, Bell & Tucker, where he acted as the managing partner of the firm’s Houston office before becoming a partner in 2002 at Wright Brown & Close. Justice Brown practiced with Wright Brown & Close for over seven years. At that firm, he handled both trials and appeals and frequently served as an arbitrator and mediator.
He is board certified in Personal Injury Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Before his appointment, he was named as a “Texas Super Lawyer” for six years as one of the state’s top lawyers and was recognized by Best Lawyer for his appellate practice. He is a member of the American Law Institute, the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee, the Texas Center for Legal Ethics, the Texas State Bar College, and the Garland Walker American Inn of Court. Justice Brown is also a life member of the Texas Bar Foundation and the Houston Bar Foundation.
Justice Brown is a frequent author and speaker. In 1999, he authored two award-winning articles in the Houston Law Review on expert witnesses. In 2002, he authored another article in the Houston Law Review, this time on the burden of proof for objections to public records containing expert opinions. In 2014, he authored another article in the Houston Law Review updating developments on expert testimony. Justice Brown also has authored two articles in the Houston Lawyer magazine on the subject of summary jury trials and co-authored an evidence handbook entitled TEXAS OBJECTIONS. He is a frequent CLE speaker and was awarded the Texas State Bar CLE’s Standing Ovation award in 2010.
He has taught Trial Advocacy as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston School of Law for four and one-half years, Evidence for two years, and Law and Religion (a class focused on the religion clauses of the First Amendment) for one semester. He also taught Law and Religion at Houston Baptist University. He served for three years on the State Bar of Texas’s Committee on Pattern Jury Charges (General Negligence) and on the State Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee.
Justice Brown was born in El Paso, attended high school in Houston, and received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Texas in 1978, graduating with high honors and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Justice Brown earned his law degree from the University of Texas in 1981, graduating with honors. He was a member of the Order of Coif, which recognizes academic achievement, and the Texas Law Review, which published his article on religious liberty.