Ernest Christopher Brown

Ernest Christopher Brown

Construction Lawyer, Mediator, & Arbitrator
  • Arbitration & Mediation, Construction Law, Real Estate Law ...
  • California
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Ernest C. Brown, ESQ, PE is highly experienced in construction contracts, negotiation, claims preparation, construction litigation, mechanic’s liens, bid protests, public works law and insurance coverage. He has resolved more than 2,500 construction disputes, including complex mediations, arbitrations, litigation, court trials, jury trials, DRB's and other innovative ADR approaches. He is a graduate of MIT in Civil and Environmental Engineering and earned a MS Construction Management and JD from the University of California, Berkeley. He also did graduate coursework at Harvard Law School in International Law. He is a senior construction lawyer and licensed civil engineer. Mr. Brown has been a Mediator, Arbitrator and Special Master for the American Arbitration Association and Office of Administrative Hearings for over 20 years. He regularly serves in that capacity in construction and environmental cases ranging up to $100 million. Mr. Brown is well respected for his ability to quickly and tactfully guide parties to successful resolution.

Practice Areas
Arbitration & Mediation
Business Arbitration, Consumer Arbitration, Family Arbitration
Construction Law
Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation
Real Estate Law
Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
Environmental Law
Personal Injury
Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Mediation Fees: $8,000/ day throughout the Western United States. $1,500 travel/lodging fee per day for travel assignments beyond the Western US. Mediation Fees are due upon booking. The first day of mediation is charged upon the parties agreeing to a mediation date. Subsequent days of mediation can be cancelled without penalty. Estimated arbitration fees are charged in advance and the cancellation fee is typically two days per scheduled week that is postponed or cancelled.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Equity Partner
Ernest Brown ADR
- Current
Ernest Brown & Company
Massachusetts Inst of Tech
Undergraduate Degree
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UC Berkeley School of Law Boalt Hall
Law Degree
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Karl Taylor Compton Prize for Scholarship & Outstanding Contributions to the MIT Community
Honorary President
Chi Epsilon Engineering Fraternity
Professional Associations
Associated General Contractors of California Legal Advisory Committee
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National Panel of Construction Arbitrators for the American Arbitrators Association
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ABA Forum on the Construction Industry
- Current
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California State Bar  # 83349
- Current
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State Bar of California
- Current
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Articles & Publications
A Practical Guide to Public- Private Partnerships
Publisher Design Group, Inc.
California Infrastructure Projects: Successful Contracting and Dispute Resolution
Recorder Books
California Public Works: Contracts & Litigation
Architect/ Engineer Liability Under California Law
Cambridge Institute
What Lawyers Must Know About Asbestos
ABA Journal
Architect/ Engineer Malpractice
Federal Publications
Websites & Blogs
Construction Lawyers
Social Media
Contact & Map
Ernest Brown & Company
100 Pine Street
Suite 1250
San Francisco, CA 94111
Toll-Free: (888) 552-9959
Cell: (415) 317-1708
Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours (Today)
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Closed
Notice: We are available for serious matters on weekends and holidays.
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