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William J Brown 
Cleveland, Tennessee
Founder/Owner
phone (423) 709-8078
fax (423) 476-2937
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Mr. Brown's practice focuses in the areas of civil litigation, domestic relations, personal injury, products liability, workers compensation, and civil rights. Over the past 30 years of Mr. Brown's legal career he has tried and won hundreds of cases ranging from simple contract disputes to civil rights actions before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Brown was born in Cleveland, Tennessee. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Tennessee Technological University and his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. During his time as an undergraduate at Tennessee Tech University, Mr. Brown simultaneously joined the United States Army Reserves and was commissioned at a 2nd Lieutenant. He went on to receive the rank of Captain and commanded three cavalry troops for the United States National Guard 278th Armored Cavalry Unit.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Brown spent 10 years as an Assistant District Attorney handling cases from simple assault to capital murder. He has since gone on to distinguish himself as one of the premier attorneys in southeast Tennessee, most notably arguing and winning the landmark ADA civil rights case of Tennessee v. Lane before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Areas of Practice:
Divorce
Domestic Relations/ Child Custody
Personal Injury
Tort Litigation
Consumer Protection
Probate
ADA Law; Discrimination
Business Litigation
Drug Violations
Juvenile Crimes
Misdemeanor
Traffic Violations
State Appellate Practice
State Trial Practice
Bar Admissions:
Tennessee, 1977
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 1978
U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1991
U.S. Supreme Court, 1991
Education:
University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1977
J.D.


Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, Tennessee, 1974
B.A.
Honors: Cum Laude
Major:  Polictical Science


Representative Cases:
Tennessee v. Lane, 541 U.S. 509 (U.S. Supreme Court 2004)
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Tennessee Bar Association
Member


Rotary International
Member


Past Employment Positions:
10th Judicial District Attorney's Office, Assistant District Attorney, 1982 - 1988


3rd Judicial District Attorney's Office, Assistant District Attorney, 1980 - 1982


Fraternities/Sororities:
Alpha Phi Omega
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William J. Brown & Associates
23 N. Ocoee
PO Box 1001
Cleveland, TN 37364-1001