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William Brown is the former Chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He also served as Chief of the Fraud Unit and Deputy District Attorney in Philadelphia. He is nationally known in the field of employment discrimination. He served as a mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association; and as Judge Pro Tem of the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia. He chaired the Philadelphia Special Investigation Commission investigating the MOVE tragedy in 1985.  Mr. Brown has practiced for over 55 years and served on the firm’s Executive Committee from 1983-1987.


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  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1955
  • Temple University, B.S., 1952

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 1972
  • Pennsylvania, 1955

Court Admissions

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Superior Court of Pennsylvania
  • Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth and Tenth Circuits

Professional Affiliations

  • American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights,Board of Directors/Co-Chair, 1991-1993
  • Judge Pro Tem of the Court of Common Pleas,1995-Present
  • United Parcel Service, Board of Directors, 1983-2003
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Faculty Member
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Member
  • National Bar Association, Life Member
  • American Law Institute, Life Fellow
  • NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Member
  • Philadelphia Board of Ethics, Member 
  • Other cultural, social and nonprofit organizations

Other Distinctions

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Employment Law – Individuals, 2001-2018
  • Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, 2018
  • The American Association for Affirmative Action’s Arthur A. Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award, 2011
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Champions of Equal Employment Opportunity Award, 2010
  • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Lifetime Achievement Award, 2004
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Spirit of Partnership Award, 2003
  • Honorary Member of the UPS Corporate Legal Department, 2003
  • Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP’s Earl G. Harrison Pro Bono Award, 1998
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School Alumni of Merit Award, 1999
  • Induction into the National Bar Association Hall of Fame, 1999
  • Fidelity Award, 1998
  • The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Champions for Social Justice and Equality” Award, presented by the Black Law Students Association of Rutgers University, Camden, 1997
  • The Whitney North Seymour Award of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 1996
  • The Urban League of Philadelphia Whitney M. Young, Jr. Leadership Award, 1996
  • American Heart Association Dr. Edward S. Cooper Award, 1995
  • NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund William H. Hastie Award, 1992
  • Tuskegee Airmen Award, 1991
  • Philadelphia Bar Association’s Fidelity Award, 1990
  • Induction into Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, Inc. Hall of Fame, 1988
  • Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, Inc. J. Austin Norris Award, 1987
  • Recipient of NAACP Award, 1971
  • Award of Recognition Alpha Phi Alpha, 1969
  • Federal Bar Association, Columbus Chapter, Award of Merit
  • Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who Among African Americans, Who’s Who in the World
  • Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, National Law Journal’s Who’s Who of Employment/Labor Lawyers
  • Rated AV® Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell®

Representative Matters

Employment Practice Group

  • Forty-five years of government service and private practice experience in the field of equal employment law.

Employment Discrimination

  • Lectured and written extensively. Faculty member of National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • .Participated on the faculty for EEOC trial advocacy training program.