Joseph S. Brown

MEMBER

716-849-8900

Mr. Brown is a seasoned employment and business litigator who helps clients devise strategies to minimize risk and resolve problems in a cost-effective manner.  He represents management in disputes involving harassment, discrimination, wage & hour claims, restrictive covenants, employment contracts, retaliation, whistleblower claims, and other complex business litigation.  He also provides day-to-day advice to employers on a broad array of workplace issues.

Mr. Brown has extensive experience representing municipalities, public officials, and school districts in high-profile matters involving civil rights claims, First Amendment retaliation, NY Education Law, and Article 78 proceedings.  He has tried multiple cases and led numerous hearings before administrative agencies. As an appellate litigator, Mr. Brown has successfully briefed and argued nearly 30 appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and state appellate courts.  A list of Mr. Brown’s notable litigation victories can be accessed here

Mr. Brown is the editor of the firm’s weekly electronic newsletter Employment & Business Litigation Pointers, which aims to provide timely information and practical, business-oriented solutions to the latest employment and business litigation developments.  He regularly speaks and writes about a wide variety of employment law and litigation topics.

As a leader in the community and the legal profession, Mr. Brown has received several honors, including the National Federation for Just Communities Community Leader Award and Buffalo Business First's 40 Under Forty Award.  He is the immediate past president and a director for the Minority Bar Foundation and serves as the vice president of the Summit Foundation. He previously served as vice president of the Buffalo Prep and Neighborhood Legal Services boards, past president of the Minority Bar Association of WNY, and an elected member of the New York State Bar Association House of Delegates. 

Prior to joining Hurwitz & Fine, Mr. Brown was a partner in the business litigation group at Buffalo’s largest law firm, where he co-chaired the employment litigation practice and served as the firm's diversity partner. He started his legal career as a litigator at a large law firm in Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia.

Court Admissions

Courts of the State of New York
United States Supreme Court
United States 2nd Circuit
   Court of Appeals
United States District Court
   Western District of New York
   Southern District of New York
   Northern District of New York

Admitted to Practice

New York
Washington, D.C.
Virginia (inactive)

Education

University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1999)
University of Rochester (B.A., magna cum laude, 1996)

Professional Recognition

National Federation for Just Communities, Community Leader Award
Buffalo Business First, 40 Under Forty Award

Professional Associations

Bar Association of Erie County
New York State Bar Association
Minority Bar Association of Western New York

Community Associations

Minority Bar Foundation
Summit Foundation

Firm News

07/10/20: Legal Alert: New York’s Travel Advisory: What It Means for Employers

07/09/20: Legal Alert: Has Your Business Updated Its Office Safety Plans Based on the Latest NYS Guidance?

06/10/20: Legal Alert: NY Workers’ Compensation Board Issues Fact Sheet on COVID-19 Claims

06/02/20: Legal Alert: With WNY Poised for Phase 2, Is Your Business Ready to Re-open?

05/19/20: Legal Alert: New York Unveils More Details Regarding Phase 1 of Reopening: Is Your Business Included?

05/14/20: WSHU Public Radio: How Coronavirus Relief May Lead To Tort Reform

05/13/20: Legal Alert: New York Unveils More Details Regarding Phase 1 of Reopening: Is Your Business Included?

05/11/20: Buffalo Business First: Don’t Risk Litigation: Revise Employment Policies Before Reopening

05/07/20: Legal Alert: What Happens to Your PPP Loan Forgiveness Amount if a Laid Off Employee Rejects an Offer to Rehire?

04/28/20: Legal Alert: DOL Clarifies When an Employer Can Require an Employee to Use Paid Time Off Under the FFCRA

04/20/20: Legal Alert: EEOC Issues Updated Guidance on Return to Work Considerations under the Americans With Disabilities Act

04/15/20: Legal Alert: New COVID-19 Guidance from the EEOC and OSHA on ADA Issues and Workplace Transmission Reporting

04/12/20: Legal Alert: Empire State Development Issues Updated Guidance on “Essential Business”

04/10/20: Legal Alert: New CDC Guidance for When an Employee is Exposed to Coronavirus and Other Considerations When an Employee Refuses to Come into Work

04/10/20: Legal Alert: DOL Issues Temporary Regulations and Additional Guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the Cares Act

03/30/20: Legal Alert: DOL Publishes Additional Guidance on the FFCRA and the CARES Act is Signed into Law Providing Additional Relief to Small Businesses

03/25/20: Legal Alert: DOL Publishes Notice Poster of Employee Rights under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and Issues New Guidance

03/24/20: Legal Alert: New York Passes Paid Sick Leave Law and Takes Other Measures in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak

03/18/20: Business First: As employers field legal questions, attorneys say communication and flexibility are key

03/16/20: Legal Alert: COVID-19: Employment Law Legislative Update

03/12/20: Legal Alert: COVID-19: What Employers Need to Know About the Coronavirus

03/11/20: Blog: Joseph S. Brown Joins Hurwitz & Fine as an Employment & Business Litigation Member