Philip Y. Brown

Top rated Business Litigation attorney in Boston, Massachusetts

Brown Counsel
Philip Y. Brown
Brown Counsel

Practice Areas: Business Litigation, General Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution; view more

Licensed in Massachusetts since: 1988

Education: Northeastern University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2023

Brown Counsel

One Marina Park Drive
Ste 1410
Boston, MA 02210 Visit website


Attorney Philip Y. Brown is the founder of Brown Counsel, located in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. At his law firm, Mr. Brown provides both individuals and business clients with a wide range of legal services in a number of practice areas, including the following:

• Business litigation
• Appeals
• Mediation
• General business advice

Even though many of his clients seek his assistance with legal matters that fall into the above practice areas, Mr. Brown considers his firm's sole focus to be on providing legal assistance during litigation and negotiation. As an experienced trial attorney and mediator certified by Metropolitan Mediation Services, he welcomes all prospective clients, regardless of their legal needs.

Mr. Brown began his legal career in 1988 after earning his law degree from Northeastern University School of Law and his approval to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Over the past nearly 30 years, his outstanding legal abilities and dedication to his clients' needs have led to a number of honors, including an AV Preeminent* peer-review rating from Martindale-Hubbell and inclusion among the best appellate and commercial litigation lawyers in the country by The Best Lawyers in America.

In addition to his work at his firm, attorney Brown also serves as the chairman of the Massachusetts Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission, which is an elected position that followed his appointment to the committee by Governor Deval Patrick. However, PERAC is not his only responsibility outside of the firm. He is an active member of the legal community and his local community. He serves on the Norwell Zoning Board of Appeals as vice chair, and he is a member of numerous legal associations.

*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.

Practice areas

Business Litigation, General Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Appellate, Land Use/Zoning

Focus areas

Appeals, Arbitration, Litigation, Mediation

  • 50% Business Litigation
  • 20% General Litigation
  • 10% Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 10% Appellate
  • 10% Land Use/Zoning

First Admitted: 1988, Massachusetts

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Co-Chair of the Boston Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Forum Steering Committee
  • American Bar Foundation - Fellow, 2021
  • Boston Bar Foundation - Fellow, 2022
  • Boston Bar Association Council Member, 2022
  • Steering Committee Member of the Boston Bar Association Business of Law Conference, 2020
  • Member of Boston Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Steering Committee.
  • Chairman, Massachusetts Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission (PERAC)
  • Member, Haverford College Alumni Awards Committee
  • Chairman of the Special Commission To Study the Massachusetts Public Employees' Pension Classification System
  • Member of Steering Committee - Boston Bar Association, Solo and Small Firm Section  
  • Vice-Chair, Norwell Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Member, Notre Dame Academy PASS Council
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Chair, Tufts Medical Center Board of Governors' Community Benefits Committee
  • Member, Tufts Medical Center Board of Governors, Executive Committee
  • Member, Tufts Medical Center Board of Governors
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Wrote a chapter entitled, "A Client's Guide to the Litigation Process", which is included in the book, Addressing A Client's Litigation Issues, Leading Lawyers on Educating Clients, Managing Expectations and Developing A Case Strategy, Aspatore Books, 2008
  • Co-authored an article entitled, "The Dark Cloud of Seller Liability Under State Blue Sky Laws," USLAW Journal, Spring/Summer 2012
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Mediator through Metropolitan Mediation Services
  • Selected as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer each year since its inception
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2013
  • Listed in Super Lawyers National Edition Corporate Counsel
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Educational Background:
  • New York University, M.A. in Politics, 1985
  • Haverford College, B.A., 1983
Industry Groups:
  • Financial Services
  • Pension Funds
  • Small And Mid-Sized Companies
  • Tech

Office location for Philip Y. Brown

One Marina Park Drive
Ste 1410
Boston, MA 02210

Phone: 617-380-1619


20 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2023

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Top 100: Massachusetts Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021, 2023

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