John C. Brown
Commercial LitigationLabor and Employment; Real Estate Law

For more than 25 years, John Brown has helped businesses and individuals resolve disputes as efficiently and inexpensively as possible.

After earning his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia, Mr. Brown graduated in 1992 from William & Mary Law School, which was ranked among the top law schools in the country by The National Jurist in the 1990s.  He then clerked in two courts, building a sound foundation for his career and gaining valuable expertise in trial procedure.

Following the clerkships, Mr. Brown developed a successful practice as a trial attorney.  He has tried more than 30 cases.  In his last jury trial, Mr. Brown was the lead counsel for a small Bay Area company seeking several million dollars from a Fortune 200 defendant for breach of contract. The defendant refused to make any settlement offer before trial, but Mr. Brown convinced nine of the twelve jurors to find in favor of the plaintiff, ultimately leading to a favorable settlement of the case.  In his last bench trial, Mr. Brown argued on behalf of two contractors for enforcement of oral pre-incorporation agreements for valuable ownership interests in a local start-up company.  Mr. Brown obtained a judgment for each of the contractors, who collectively received a 10% ownership interest, resulting in a shift of control of the company.

Mr. Brown primarily handles commercial, employment and real estate matters, focusing on contract and fraud claims.  He has represented, among others, contractors, real estate brokers, commercial landlords and tenants, corporate shareholders, professional service providers, and numerous business owners.  He has also advised over 100 employees in severance package negotiations and in pursuing related claims.

Mr. Brown’s clients include j2 Global Communications, Inc., which runs the popular “eFax” service.  For several years in the mid-2000s, Mr. Brown spearheaded the efforts of j2 to put an end to junk faxing in the United States. Mr. Brown has obtained millions of dollars in settlement payments from violators of consumer protection laws, such as those prohibiting junk faxing.

Prior to becoming a member of Cornerstone Law Group, Mr. Brown was a founding member of Redenbacher & Brown, LLP.