Chris Brown – Founding Partner (Retired)Chris Brown

Career Milestones

  • Argued three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Litigated series of Voting Rights Act lawsuits that brought the first African-American officeholders to many Maryland town and county councils
  • Professor of Law, University of Maryland School of Law, 1975-2005, Emeritus 2006 to present
  • Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Honored by the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland with the 2012 Elisabeth Gilman Award for his commitment and impact as General Counsel of the ACLU and his lifetime of legal service to civil liberties and ACLU clients
  • The Daily Record‘s Leadership in Law Winner Leadership in Law: Video Profile for C. Christopher Brown
  • One of a distinguished group of attorneys who have been listed in Best Lawyers in America© for ten years or longer; selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Employment Law-Individuals and First Amendment Litigation.
  • Named the Best Lawyers® 2014 Baltimore “Lawyer of the Year” for Employment Law–Individuals. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” having received particularly high ratings in Best Lawyers’ surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.
  • Selected by the American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Appellate Law.
  • In 2012, awarded the inaugural Dickens Warfield Fair Housing Award by Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc. for his years of support in successfully advancing BNI’s fair housing litigation
  • Maryland “Top 100 Super Lawyers”

Practice Areas

Appeals, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Mediation, Public Interest Litigation


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1968; Editor in Chief, Georgetown Law Journal
  • University of Delaware, M.A., 1965
  • Swarthmore College, B.A., 1963


  • Motions Clerk, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 1968-69

Representative Cases

  • Cane v. Worcester County, 840 F. Supp. 1081 and 847 F. Supp. 369 (D. Md. 1994), aff’d in part, rev’d in part, 35 F.2d 921 (4th Cir. 1994), on remand to 874 F. Supp. 695 (D. Md. 1995), aff’d, 59 F.3d 165 (4th Cir. 1995), cert. denied, 518 U.S. 1016 (1996) (the Supreme Court’s denial of certiorari in June 1996 marked the end of 250 years in which no African-American had been elected to public office in Worcester County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore).
  • Richwind Joint Venture 4 v. Brunson, 335 Md. 661, 645 A.2d 1147 (1994), aff’g in part, rev’g in part, 96 Md. App. 330, 625 A.2d 326 (1993) (setting the legal standard for landlord liability for the injuries of children poisoned by lead paint).
  • Matthews v. Lucas, 427 U.S. 495 (1976), rev’g 390 F. Supp. 1310 (D.R.I. 1975), and Norton v. Matthews, 427 U.S. 524 (1976), aff’g 390 F. Supp. 1084 (D. Md. 1975) (3-judge court) (the sequel to a series of cases concerning illegitimate children who had been denied government benefits solely due to their parents’ failures to marry).


  • ACLU of Maryland, General Counsel
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc., Board
  • Maryland Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Rule Day Club



  • Series of essays concerning the appellate process, Daily Record, 1999 –  present
  • “A Search for Clarity and Consistency in Judicial Process: The Maryland Court of Appeals Decides Whether to Change Common-Law Rules,” Maryland Law Review, 2003
  • “Democracy’s Incursion into the Eastern Shore: the 1870 Election in Chestertown,” Maryland Historical Magazine, 1994
  • “Maryland’s First Political Convention by and for Its Colored People,” Maryland Historical Magazine, 1993
  • “The Law-Equity Dichotomy in Maryland,” Maryland Law Review, 1980
  • “Summary Judgment in Maryland,” Maryland Law Review, 1979
  • “Illegitimacy and Veterans’ Benefits Legislation,” Howard Law Journal, 1978


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