Ernest Christopher Brown

Ernest Christopher Brown

Mediator & Arbitrator
  • Arbitration & Mediation, Construction Law, Real Estate Law...
  • California
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Summary

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
  • Construction Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Personal Injury
Fees
  • 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
California
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Equity Partner
Smith Currie & Hancock
- Current
Founder
Ernest Brown & Company
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Education
Massachusetts Inst of Tech
Undergraduate Degree
UC Berkeley School of Law Boalt Hall
Law Degree
Awards
Karl Taylor Compton Prize for Scholarship & Outstanding Contributions to the MIT Community
MIT
Honorary President
Chi Epsilon Engineering Fraternity
Professional Associations
Associated General Contractors of California Legal Advisory Committee
Chairman
Current
National Panel of Construction Arbitrators for the American Arbitrators Association
Member
Current
ABA Forum on the Construction Industry
Member
- Current
California State Bar # 83349
Member
- Current
State Bar of California
Member
- Current
Publications
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
Website
Construction Lawyers
Social Media
Contact & Map
Smith Currie & Hancock LLP
244 California St.
Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94111
USA
Toll-Free: (800) 832-6946
Telephone: (415) 523-0302
Cell: (415) 317-1708
Fax: (415) 523-0302