Mr. Brown’s practice focuses on complex business litigation. As a former securities litigation partner at Latham & Watkins LLP, Mr. Brown has been involved in some of the country’s most high profile business litigation matters. After fifteen years of big firm practice, Mr. Brown opted to start his own firm with the goal of bringing together the sophistication, exemplary client service and ability to handle the most complex matters of the largest law firms with the personal touch, nimbleness, efficiency and reasonable rates of smaller law firms.
Mr. Brown is experienced in handling matters in federal and state courts around the country and in the local courts of California as well as in private arbitration and mediation. Mr. Brown has handled all varieties of complex business litigation with a particular focus on securities litigation, accountants’ liability, merger and acquisition litigation, internal investigations, SEC investigations and enforcement actions, complex insurance coverage and class action defense. Clients include individual directors and officers, public and privately held corporations, investment banks, private equity firms, and accounting firms and their partners and employees.
Prior to joining Latham & Watkins in 2001, Mr. Brown clerked at the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts for Associate Justice Charles Fried, former Solicitor General of the United States and Harvard Law professor. Mr. Brown practiced in Boston at Hale and Dorr LLP, now Wilmer Hale LLP, in the securities litigation practice group. He was also a Special Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County, Massachusetts where he prosecuted numerous jury and bench criminal trials.
Mr. Brown is also active in pro bono. In 2009, Mr. Brown obtained a unanimous verdict for a pro bono client after a four-day jury trial in Los Angeles Superior Court, which resulted in an award of property valued at more than $600,000 for an indigent client. Mr. Brown is also a member of the board of directors of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles.
Mr. Brown is very active in the community. Mr. Brown is a FINRA qualified arbitrator for disputes in the securities industry. Mr. Brown is the president of the Harvard Law School Association of Los Angeles and a member of The Board of Directors of the Harvard Club of Southern California. Ethan was elected in 2016 to the Executive Committee of the governing international body of the Harvard Law School Association. Mr. Brown was appointed for a three year term ending in 2016 by the State Bar of California to its Standing Committee on Federal Courts. The Committee proposes and analyzes rule changes to allow the federal courts in California to operate more efficiently and facilitates relations between the Bar and the federal courts. Mr. Brown is also a member of the Section of Litigation of the ABA and an editor for the Class Actions and Derivative Suits Subcommittee which publishes information about new developments in class action and derivative suit litigation. Mr. Brown participates in the Federal Bar Association. He is admitted to the state bars of California and Massachusetts, and numerous United States Courts of Appeal and United States District Courts.
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