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William H. Brown, III

Senior Counsel
T 215-751-2434
    Former Chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Served as Chief of the Fraud Unit and Deputy District Attorney in Philadelphia. Nationally known in the field of employment discrimination. Experience with alternative dispute resolution. Mediator for Federal District Court for Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Arbitrator for American Arbitration Association. Chaired Philadelphia Special Investigation Commission investigating MOVE tragedy in 1985. Judge Pro Tem of the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia. Mr. Brown has practiced for over 55 years and served on the Firm's Executive Committee from 1983-1987.


    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.


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

    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

    Bar Admissions

    • District of Columbia, 1972
    • Pennsylvania, 1955

    Professional Affiliations

    • American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
    • Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights,Board of Directors/Co-Chair, 1991-1993
    • Pro Tem of the Court of Common Pleas,J udge Pro Tem, 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®