Richard O. "Rick" Brown

Richard O. "Rick" Brown

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

Recognized since 2013

Birmingham, Alabama

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management

Labor Law - Management

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Rick Brown provides a full range of services related to the traditional labor and employment law practice. His services related to the avoidance of unionization range from advice concerning all aspects of employee relations and the formulation of policies and practices to legal advice during and after union organizational efforts, union decertification drives and union deauthorization proceedings. Rick's involvement with union organizing includes clients located throughout the country in manufacturing, automotive, transportation, healthcare, financial services, foodservice, and numerous other sectors of the economy. He has represented both private and public sector employers. He has represented management in administrative proceedings involving the NLRB, EEOC, OSHA, MSHA, and DOL. He has negotiated initial collective bargaining agreements and renewal agreements with various unions including the Teamsters, UAW, USWA, PACE, IAM, UNITE, UFCW and RWDSU. He has provided advice in grievance proceedings and represented management in arbitration cases. He is also the office head of the firm’s Birmingham office.

Contact & Links


  • Two Chase Corporate Drive, Suite 120
    Birmingham, AL 35244


  • The University of Alabama , J.D., graduated 1978
  • The University of Alabama , MBA, graduated 1978
  • Auburn University, BS, graduated 1973

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 1978
  • Georgia, 1979

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP
Headquarters: Atlanta, Georgia

48 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

13 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Employment Law - Management
  • Labor Law - Management

Special Focus

  • Management

"If you are looking for a lawyer who understands not only the law, but also your needs as a manager, look no further than Rick Brown. Rick views his clients as partners and works relentlessly to understand their business needs and to find "real world" solutions for the operational and legal issues they face."

- Michael Giles (Methodist Homes for the Aging), Birmingham, AL

"Richard Brown is an excellent attorney. He has a thorough understanding of my industry and thorough knowledge regarding labor law and employment law."

"Rick Brown is one of the few labor attorneys I have worked with who understands the executive's point of view. He knows that risks are inherent in business and that there is never enough information or research before a decision must be made. Mr. Brown understands the EPS drive and tries to help management succeed without the constraints of conservatism inherent in the minds of many other labor attorneys I have either met or worked with. He always seems to partner with his clients as he works to educate or solve problems encountered in governing the employer-employee relationship."

- David Jean (Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc.), Bowling Green, KY

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