Kevin Brown’s primary area of practice is employment law. Kevin routinely counsels employers and human resources professionals on compliance with state and federal employment laws, with a focus on best practices—particularly risk identification and mitigation. He also reviews and drafts policies, handbooks, non-disclosure agreements, employment agreements, and severance agreements. A dynamic presenter, Kevin has trained thousands of managers and employees on preventing harassment, discrimination, and retaliation in the workplace. He also conducts independent workplace investigations. In litigation, Kevin represents public and private employers in all aspects of labor and employment litigation, including suits for wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour class actions, PAGA actions, whistleblower claims, and disability accommodation.
Kevin also defends employers protesting federal and state-issued Occupational Safety & Health Administration and Mine Safety & Health Administration citations, resolving and contesting citations in federal and state administrative hearings, and appealing administrative decisions to the OSHA Review Board and federal or state Courts of Appeal. Kevin advises employers in other OSHA and MSHA related matters, including drafting and reviewing safety and compliance programs, petitioning for variances and complying with OSHA and MSHA standards.
Prior to joining the private sector in 2016, Kevin served as a military attorney and a naval aviator in the United States Marine Corps, and he continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel (Judge Advocate) in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.
Beyond his diverse litigation and trial experience, clients find that his background solving complex problems and conducting investigations, training, mediations, risk management and standardization enables him to partner with them to achieve their goals.
In addition to his normal areas of practice, Kevin is a member of the firm’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Team, an interdisciplinary team of lawyers, formed quickly after recognizing the complex legal issues that businesses would confront as a result of the coronavirus. The group continues to issue legal alerts on the topic and remains committed to monitoring the issues and bringing as much clarity and guidance to clients as possible. More information on the team and legal alerts published on the topic are available at https://www.swlaw.com/services/coronavirus-COVID-19-response-team.
University of Colorado Law School (J.D., 2013)
Dean's Advisory Council, Member
Bar Association Outreach, Director
Student Bar Association, Executive Board Member
National Mock Trial Team, Member
Military Law Society, Founder
University of San Diego School of Law (2010–2011)
High Pass/Best Oral Advocate/Outstanding Brief, Lawyering Skills I
Dean's Scholarship Recipient
Moot Court Associate Board (selected)
San Diego Law Review (selected)
United States Naval Academy (B.S., with merit, Political Science, 2001)
Pi Sigma Alpha
U.S. Marine Corps Command & Staff College (2017)
U.S. Naval Justice School (Military, Trial Advocacy, & Operational Law, 2013)
Professional Excellence Award
Trial Advocacy Award
American Bar Association
Employment Law, Member
Occupational Safety & Health, Member
Military Pro Bono Project, Member
Federal Bar Association, Member
San Diego County Bar Association
Colorado Bar Association (2014–2016)
Military & Veteran’s Affairs Section, Member
Colorado Lawyers for Colorado Veterans, Member
San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, Pro Bono Attorney (2016–2017)
Law School Si Sue Puede, Mentor
American Inns of Court, Louis M. Welsh, Member (2014-2016)
American Inns of Court, Honorable J. Clifford Wallace, Member (2015–2018)