Frederick Brown - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
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Frederick Brown

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013
Phone: 415-393-8204

Mr. Brown is a trial lawyer concentrating his practice on patent, trademark and trade secret trials, as well as complex commercial, class action, antitrust and legal malpractice defense litigation and arbitration, both domestic and international.  He has tried dozens of civil and criminal cases, and scores of arbitrations.  Mr. Brown has extensive experience in civil, multi-district litigation and often coordinates the work of counsel in multiple jurisdictions.  He is frequently asked to “fix” problem cases where current counsel is being replaced or supplemented before trial.  Mr. Brown has led teams in cases litigated in federal or state courts in, California, Delaware, Idaho, New York, Oregon, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Utah and Washington.  He also has significant experience in representing major corporations in prosecuting cases as a plaintiff.  Mr. Brown worked on criminal matters as a federal criminal investigator and as a prosecutor with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office on a public service leave of absence.

Mr. Brown is President of the California Bar Foundation—the center of philanthropy for California’s lawyers; a major force in diversity efforts for the bar; and a leader in educating Californians about their government and their responsibilities as citizens of California.

Mr. Brown was Partner-in-Charge of the San Francisco office of Gibson Dunn
from 2005-2011.

He teaches trial skills for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and for the Intensive Advocacy Program at the University of San Francisco School of Law.  He has also been a guest lecturer at Boalt Hall on trial techniques and has taught advocacy skills for the Practicing Law Institute.

Mr. Brown has also represented the following companies among others:  Xerox Corp., Texas Instruments, Crocker Bank, Transamerica, Knight-Ridder, Tomen Corporation, Applied Materials, Crum & Forster Insurance (and related subsidiaries), Kaiser Engineers, Zero Gravity (a Hummer-Winblad software investment), and Florida Power and Light.  He has also represented the judges of the Superior Court of the City and County of San Francisco.

Mr. Brown has published numerous articles on international and domestic arbitration, and litigation management.  Mr. Brown is a frequent lecturer on various litigation topics throughout the United States as well as in Germany, England, Japan, and Korea.

Mr. Brown currently is a Member of the Board of Directors and President of the California Bar Foundation and an Officer of the Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court.  Mr. Brown has held leadership positions in the following organizations:  International Law and Practice Section of the ABA (Chair of International Arbitration Committee, Member of Council), Bar Association of San Francisco (Board of Directors; Chair, Litigation Section; Chair, International Section), State Bar of California (Executive Committee, International Section; Chair, International Technology Committee), the Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Board of Directors and Program Chair); and the Federal Bar Association (Steering Committee for Northern California Chapter).

J.D., Duke University School of Law, 1975.  At Duke, Mr. Brown served as the Administrative Law Editor of the Duke Law Journal.

Bucknell UniversityBA Duke UniversityJ.D.

Office Location

555 Mission Street, Suite 3000
San Francisco, CA 94105-0921
United States

Practice Areas

Product Liability Litigation - Defendants