Paulette Brown, Esquire, is the epitome of what can be achieved with hard work and determination. Her path to president-elect of the American Bar Association is marked by long-standing service with the ABA: member of the ABA House of Delegates since 1997; former member of the ABA Board of Governors, its Executive Committee, and the Governance Commission; past chair of the ABA Council on Racial and Ethnic Justice; member of the Commission on Civic Education in the Nation’s Schools; and member of the Program, Planning, and Evaluation Committee. Ms. Brown co-authored the nationally acclaimed study, Visible Invisibility: Women of Color in Law Firms, during her tenure on the ABA’s Commission on Women in the Profession. Additionally, Ms. Brown has been active with the ABA Young Lawyers Division and the Section of Litigation. She is also a life fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a past recipient of Margaret Brent Achievement Award and the Spirit of Excellence Award. Ms. Brown is also a past president of the National Bar Association (NBA) and the Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey. The NBA has honored her with its Gertrude E. Rush Award and its Equal Justice Award.
Ms. Brown’s practice includes labor, employment, and commercial litigation. She is a partner and the chief diversity officer with the Morristown, New Jersey, office of Locke Lord Edwards. She was recognized by the National Law Journal as one of “The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America” and by U.S. News and World Report as one of the Best Lawyers in America. The New Jersey Law Journal observed that she was one of the “prominent women and minority attorneys in the State of New Jersey.” Her career accomplishments have also included serving as a municipal court judge and in-house counsel to several Fortune 500 companies.
Ms. Brown has embraced excellence throughout her life. She will assume the mantle of President of the ABA with the same sense of energy, passion, and vision that are the hallmarks of her career.