Anthony M. Brown

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Rockville Centre, NY

Chianese & Reilly Law
100 Merrick Road, Suite 103E
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Phone: 516-583-5016
Fax: 516-599-6476
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2021
Selected to Rising Stars: 2014
Licensed Since: 2004
Education: Brooklyn Law School
Practice Areas: Estate Planning & Probate (60%), Family Law (30%), Real Estate: Consumer (10%)
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Attorney Profile

Anthony M. Brown is a senior associate at Chianese & Reilly Law PC, where he heads up the firm’s Family and Estates Law division. Located in the firm’s office in Rockville Center, New York, he provides representation to clients throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties and other parts of the greater New York City metropolitan area. Admitted to practice before all New York state courts since 2004, Mr. Brown is also admitted to practice in New Jersey.

Many of Mr. Brown’s estate planning and family law clients are members of same-sex couples or are unmarried individuals. He guides them through such issues as second- and stepparent adoptions, and he regularly prepares and reviews wills, domestic partnership agreements, revocable and irrevocable trusts, advance medical directives, and health care and financial powers of attorney. Mr. Brown is the founder and a member of the board of directors of Men Having Babies, an international nonprofit organization that provides gay men with financial and educational support when they are considering starting a family through surrogacy. From January 2008 through January 2001, he was also the executive director of The Wedding Party, a nonprofit organization that educated people about marriage equality.

As an undergraduate, Mr. Brown attended The Julliard School in New York City, where he majored in acting and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1988. He subsequently decided to pursue a legal education and enrolled at Brooklyn Law School. While he was there, he was a research assistant for the founder of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and HIV Project before obtaining his Juris Doctor in 2001. Mr. Brown possesses a 10.0 "Superb" peer-review rating through Avvo.

Practice Areas
  • 60%Estate Planning & Probate
  • 30%Family Law
  • 10%Real Estate: Consumer
Focus Areas

Estate Planning, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills, Adoption, Name Change, Same Sex Family Law


7 Years Super Lawyers
1 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2021
  • Rising Stars: 2014

About Anthony M. Brown

Admitted: 2004, New York

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Representative Clients

  • Lesbian and gay male couples seeking to secure the legal rights of a non-biological parent to their partner/spouse's child. I practice in all 5 boroughs of New York City, in Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk counties


  • Lawrence v. Texas

Pro bono/Community Service

  • The Children’s Law Center, Law Guardian
  • Men Having Babies, Chairman Emeritus
  • The Wedding Party, Board Member, 1999
  • The Wedding Party, Executive Director


  • Super Lawyer Estate Planning & Probate section, 2015 - 2019
  • Each year, leaders in the community are honored for their contributions to LGBT equality, Impact Award Winner, Gay City News, 2016
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2014

Bar/Professional Activity

  • AAAA, Le-Gal, NLGLA, NYCLA, American Bar Association, 2000

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Florida Coastal Law Review Article on Estate Planning for Non-traditional Families, Author, 2011


  • First Second Parent Adoption in Brooklyn Surrogates Court for a gay male couple who had a child with a surrogate mother, 2012
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Office Location for Anthony M. Brown

100 Merrick Road
Suite 103E
Rockville Centre, NY 11570

Phone: 516-583-5016

Fax: 516-599-6476

Last Updated: 3/17/2021

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