As a talented trial lawyer, Mark Brown understands what is important to judges and juries, and every step he takes is carefully chosen with trial in mind. By focusing on what really matters and ignoring the ‘noise’ that other lawyers often create, Mark can better see the whole chessboard.
Mark knows that achieving the best possible results requires a lawyer who is tough and firm, but not one who lacks civility. Being “aggressive” doesn’t have to mean being abrasive. Mark believes it means being thoroughly prepared for trial -- and relentless in gathering all the evidence needed to present a compelling story to the jury.
Not only does this approach maximize his clients’ potential for success at trial, but it also provides more and better opportunities for them to resolve their disputes favorably and cost-effectively before trial.
Mark is a Strategist. An Investigator. An Interrogator. A Listener. A Thinker. A Counselor. A Storyteller. An Advocate.
A Trusted Advisor at Your Side.
“To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.”
- George Washington
MARK’S APPROACH TO TRANSACTIONS
Perspective Through Experience
Every transaction begins with two primary phases: negotiation and drafting. Mark Brown’s experience as a trial lawyer, in-house counsel and mediator brings perspective and value to each step in the process of inking a good deal.
“Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.”
- John F. Kennedy
As a trial lawyer, Mark has negotiated settlements worth many millions of dollars. This experience allows him to help his transactional clients better evaluate whether they are paying too much, or leaving money on the table. In addition, Mark’s experience as a mediator helps him see creative win-win solutions to overcome seemingly insurmountable impasses. He views his role as that of a trusted advisor and a facilitator, and he avoids the pitfall of creating lawyer-induced interference that can sometimes derail a negotiation.
“Stuff that’s hidden and murky and ambiguous is scary because you don’t know what it does.”
- Jerry Garcia
Mark’s experience as a trial lawyer also brings unusual value to the process of drafting transactional documents. Unlike many transactional lawyers who never see how the language they draft holds up in court or plays in front of a jury, Mark is a litigator who has seen outcomes turn on the placement of a comma. He has an uncanny attention to detail and knows how to avoid ambiguity that can lead to problems down the road.
In addition, one of Mark’s talents in the courtroom is helping the jury absorb complex information by explaining it in a way that is easy to understand. You will appreciate this skill if you’ve ever hired a transactional lawyer who made simple concepts seem overly complicated.
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