Brown Law Group, a leading Southern California litigation boutique firm, specializes in all aspects of employment law and business litigation. Though fierce advocates, the firm also approaches every legal problem practically, from the client’s point of view.
Clients choose Brown Law Group because of its impressive record of success coupled with its uncompromising commitment to the ethical practice of law. Comprised of highly qualified and principled attorneys, Brown Law Group has experience in representing clients of all sizes, who seek unsurpassed excellence in analysis and work product.
Janice P. Brown is the owner and founder of Brown Law Group, a leading Southern California litigation law firm specializing in all aspects of business litigation, including intellectual property, fraud, contract, employment and class action litigation. Ms. Brown is known for her professional distinctions as well as her commitment to the legal community with over 25 years as a trial lawyer with significant trial, arbitration, and appellate experience.
Ms. Brown received her undergraduate degree in Journalism and graduated with honors from the University of Montana in 1981. She graduated from Gonzaga Law School in two years, and joined the Justice Department’s Honors Program in 1984. At the Department of Justice, Ms. Brown tried lawsuits on behalf of the United States in venues throughout the western United States, including Iowa, Colorado, Nebraska, California and Texas. Her distinguished career includes receiving the Department of Justice “Outstanding Trial Attorney” Award in 1987. Ms. Brown is rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer for the past six years.
Ms. Brown’s commitment to excellence has earned her numerous accolades and awards throughout her career, including the following significant awards: Department of Justice – Trial Lawyer of the Year, 1987; California Association of Black Lawyers – Lawyer of the Year, 1995; Gonzaga University Alumni Association - Distinguished Alumni Merit Award, 2010. In 2011, Ms. Brown and Brown Law Group were awarded Supplier of the Year by the San Diego Regional Minority Supplier Development Council.
Brown Law Group’s representative clients include: Bank of America; Chubb Insurance; Easton-Bell Sports; Liberty Mutual Insurance Company; Nationwide Insurance; CenturyLink; Sempra Energy; Wells Fargo Bank. The firm’s lawyers are known for their commitment to excellence, client-focused service and community service. In part, Brown Law Group serves I Love A Clean San Diego; NAMWOLF; San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation; San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce; and the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, to name a few.
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LITIGATION: STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: BUSINESS: LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Advising on Employee Matters LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Arbitration LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Class Actions LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Counseling LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:DOL Audits LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Drafting Employee Handbooks / Policies / Documents LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation (non-litigation) LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation (litigation) LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:FLSA (litigation) LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:FLSA (non-litigation) LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:FMLA (litigation) LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Harassment / Discrimination / Retaliation LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:NLRB LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Title VII LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Trade Secret LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Training LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Wage & Hour (litigation) LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Wage & Hour (compliance) LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Whistle Blowing
In this wrongful termination and age discrimination matter, plaintiff sought over seven million dollars in damages against her former employer, the largest retailer in the nation. Plaintiff was emboldened to pursue her case after the Magistrate Judge granted plaintiff’s discovery request for a worldwide production of the employer’s records. BLG appealed the Magistrate Judge’s order to the Presiding District Court Judge, who reversed the Magistrate Judge’s order and invited defendant to file a Rule 11 motion against plaintiff. While Rule 11 and summary judgment motions were pending, plaintiff agreed to dismiss all claims with prejudice in exchange for a waiver of costs.BLG represented a transit manufacturer in a complicated age discrimination case brought by an employee who was terminated as part of a company-wide reduction in force. After an extensive and detailed analysis of the employer’s actions leading up to the reduction in force, a motion for summary judgment was filed to dispose of the entire action. In the tentative ruling, the trial court denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment. At oral argument, BLG convinced the Court to reverse its tentative ruling and dismiss the entire action on summary judgment. Plaintiff appealed to the Court of Appeal which affirmed the dismissal and issued an opinion that was extremely critical of plaintiff. Plaintiff subsequently submitted a writ to the Supreme Court which was denied.BLG defended one of the largest property and casualty insurers in the nation in a month-long jury trial where the plaintiff, a former vice president, alleged whistleblower liability. Prior to commencing trial, the parties were ordered to mediation in an attempt to resolve the case. Plaintiff repeatedly demanded a mid-seven figure settlement which he immediately took "off the table" prior to jury deliberations. Although the jury returned a verdict in favor of plaintiff, the jury awarded less than five-percent (5%) of plaintiff’s demand (which was less than half of what was offered in advance of trial), and no punitive or emotional distress damages were awarded. Plaintiff appealed the verdict and the matter ultimately settled pending appeal. A former employee of a Fortune 50 company sued for wrongful termination after he was fired for ethics violations. After an extensive investigation of plaintiff’s background, BLG uncovered several misrepresentations on plaintiff’s employment application, as well as in other court filings initiated by the plaintiff. These issues were brought to light during plaintiff’s deposition which resulted in plaintiff dismissing the entire action contingent upon an implicit agreement not to refer the matter to criminal authorities.BLG defended a Fortune 500 energy company in a putative wage and hour class action, which included an individual claim for disability discrimination and wrongful termination. The firm aggressively defended this action resulting in the class action being dismissed after taking plaintiff’s deposition.After extensive discovery motions, and multiple mediations, BLG resolved a hard fought case over allegations of sexual orientation discrimination by an executive at a Fortune 500 energy company. This matter presented a unique challenge to BLG’s legal team since plaintiff’s allegations of discriminatory actions were directed, in part, toward a high-level executive who was part of the same protected class as plaintiff. Using innovative and non-economic settlement tactics, the firm successfully resolved this matter at mediation.BLG has represented the City of San Diego and the City Attorney in three wrongful termination cases brought by former attorneys. In the first case, the plaintiff was compelled to settle with a “walk away” after plaintiff’s misrepresentations were revealed during extensive discovery. In the second case, plaintiff sought damages and attorney fees of almost one million dollars. The firm successfully obtained summary adjudication for all causes of actions except for one. On the eve of trial, and with plaintiff facing the fact that his own attorney would have to take the stand, plaintiff settled for a de minimus amount. Although the third case is currently pending, BLG has already successfully disposed of the entire matter as to the individual defendant as well as several causes of action as a result of the court granting the City’s Anti-SLAPP motion and demurrer. In this matter, the plaintiff, a current employee of a Fortune 50 banking institution, alleged he was owed over two million dollars in a breach of contract claim. BLG settled this matter for approximately one tenth of the demand after bringing a cross-action against plaintiff stemming from his misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of fiduciary duties.Faced with a plaintiff who refused to resolve a wage and hour dispute, BLG represented an hotelier in two mediations, neither of which proved successful. BLG subsequently defended the client in a three-day bench trial in San Diego Superior Court, South Bay Division. Upon conclusion of our closing argument and before defense counsel even took her seat, the court immediately returned the verdict in our client’s favor. The Court also granted defendant its attorneys’ fees based on the plaintiff’s frivolous claim.In this hotly contested case, BLG represented a Fortune 50 banking institution in a wrongful termination matter. As a result of plaintiff’s contentious discovery disputes and unethical discovery abuses, the trial court denied the plaintiff’s request to depose the human resource representative. Defendants filed a motion for summary judgment which the court granted in full. The trial court’s ruling was upheld on appeal by the Fourth District Court of Appeal. Thereafter, plaintiff filed a writ with the Supreme Court which was denied.
Business Litigation Labor & Employment Law State and Federal Government and Administrative
U.S. District Court, Central District of California U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee U.S. District Court, Northern District of California U.S. District Court, Southern District of California