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Joseph S. Brown

Joseph S. Brown concentrates his practice in employment and general business litigation. He regularly defends private and public sector employers in lawsuits involving harassment, discrimination, restrictive covenants, whistleblower claims, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), civil rights claims, and other labor matters. As an appellate litigator, he has successfully briefed and argued several cases, including more than a dozen favorable decisions in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Joe advises clients on personnel issues and strategies to avoid employment litigation. He also has experience litigating complex business disputes.

Mr. Brown is Hodgson Russ’s diversity partner and serves on the firm’s Committee on Attorney Recruiting, Development & Diversity (CARDD). He is a former president of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York, Inc. and an elected member of the New York State Bar Association House of Delegates, the governing body of the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Prior to joining Hodgson Russ, Mr. Brown practiced at a large law firm in Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia.

Mr. Brown has received many honors, including the National Federation for Just Communities Community Leader Award and the Buffalo Business First's 40 Under Forty Award.  He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Rochester where he earned his Bachelor of Arts and received his juris doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law.