Brooks R Brown

Brooks R. Brown

Partner
Brooks R. Brown
Washington, DC
+1 202 346 4188

Brooks Brown is a partner in Goodwin’s Complex Business Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Financial Industry Litigation groups. He specializes in the defense of leading financial services and technologies companies in consumer class actions, government investigations and enforcement actions, and general civil litigation matters.

Mr. Brown is the hiring partner for the Washington, D.C. office.

Mr. Brown is also a former member of the firm's Pro Bono Committee (2007 to 2017) and served as the pro bono partner for its Washington, D.C. office (2011 to 2017). He maintains an active pro bono practice, including advising the board of directors of multiple non-profit entities. Mr. Brown lives in Virginia with his wife and two children.

Experience

Mr. Brown defends financial services and other companies against a wide variety of putative class actions arising under the Real Estate Settlement Procedure Act (RESPA), Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Fair Housing Act (FHA), Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Fair Debt Collection Practice Act (FDCPA), Servicemember's Civil Relief Act (SCRA), state unfair and deceptive trade practices acts, and other consumer lending statutes and regulations. He also represents financial services and other companies in civil and criminal investigations before various federal and state agencies, as well as in claims for violations of the False Claims Act. His recent work includes:

  • Successful defense of class certification of a putative nationwide class of individuals seeking recovery under the TCPA for allegedly receiving telephone calls on their cellphones marketing residential home mortgage modifications.
  • Successful defense of national mortgage lender in MDL proceedings alleging violations of federal and state laws in the origination and servicing of mortgage loans.
  • Successful defense of class certification of putative nationwide class actions against national mortgage lender alleging violations of the TCPA.
  • Successful defense of national debt collector and leading technology companies in putative class actions alleging violations of the TCPA and FDCPA.
  • Successful defense of national mortgage lender in putative class action alleging violations of state and federal law in the mortgage process.
  • Successful defense of two national mortgage lenders in putative class actions alleging violations of federal and state fair lending laws.
  • Successful defense of national mortgage lender in action alleging violations of the False Claims Act
  • Defense of national mortgage lender in putative class action challenging captive mortgage insurance arrangements.
  • Representation of companies in federal and state investigations

Professional Activities

Mr. Brown is a member of the American Bar Association and other state and local organizations.

Professional Experience

Mr. Brown is a former special assistant district attorney for Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He has also served as a faculty member for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education trial practice law seminar.

Credentials

Education

JD1996

Boston University School of Law

(cum laude)

BA1991

Connecticut College

Mr. Brown was Managing Editor of the Boston University School of Law Probate Law Journal.

Admissions

Bars

  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court of New Mexico

Recognition & Awards

Mr. Brown is regularly ranked by The Legal 500 for his work in Financial Services: Litigation by and Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Retirement Plans: Design.
 

Publications

Mr. Brown has appeared as a speaker at a number of industry conferences and trade association meetings. He is also the co-author of a section of Trial Basics: An Introductory Series for New Trial Lawyers titled "The Conclusion of Trial: Closing Arguments, Jury Instructions, Special Interrogatories, Post Trial Motions and Requests for Findings and Rulings under Rule 52," published by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.

Mr. Brown’s recent speaking engagements include:

  • “The Supreme Court’s Landmark Business-Friendly TCPA “Autodialer” Definition,” Goodwin Webinar (April 2021)
  • “The Telephone Consumer Protection (TCPA) Litigation Bubble: Evolving Technology, Record-Breaking Settlements and Uncertain Legal Precedent,” ACI's 30th National Forum on Consumer Finance Class Actions and Government Enforcement (July 2018)

Mr. Brown’s recent publications include:

  • “Florida Tightens Telemarketing Restrictions In Wake of Duguid Ruling,” (July 2021) 
  • “Despite Legalization, Cannabis Retailers Still Face Telecom Backlash,” (April 2021)
  • “FCC’S Year-End TCPA Orders Place New Limitations on Automated & Prerecorded Calls,” (January 2021)
  • “Growing TCPA Litigation Trends in the Cannabis Industry,” (August 2020)
  • “U.S. Cannabis Companies Texting & Calling Customers Are Growing Targets of Telephone Consumer Protection Act Lawsuits,” (June 2020)
  • “D.C. Circuit Rules in Long-Awaited Decision on the TCPA in ACA International V. FCC,” (March 2018)