Joseph S. Brown
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 currently serves as Vice President of the foundation board for the Summit Center, which serves individuals with autism and other developmental/behavioral challenges. He has previously served as president of the Minority Bar Foundation and Minority Bar Association of WNY, vice president of the Buffalo Prep and Neighborhood Legal Services boards, 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.