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Frederick C. Brown

Frederick C. Brown

Of Counsel

Phone: 612.355.4100
Fax: 612.355.4101
Address: 888 Colwell Building
123 Third Street North
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401


Fritz Brown is a litigation attorney whose practice includes jury trials, court trials, appeals, and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) procedures in state and federal court and before governmental agencies.  Mr. Brown's litigation experience includes general personal injury, products liability, municipal and governmental law, civil rights, insurance coverage and defense, professional malpractice, toxic tort, intellectual property and commercial and general litigation.

With extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution procedures since 1980, Mr. Brown is on the Minnesota Supreme Court Rule 114 Roster as a qualified arbitrator and mediator.  He has served as an independent hearing officer (adjunct administrative law judge) for due process educational hearings, as a commissioner in district court for eminent domain hearings, and as arbitrator/mediator in administrating settlements in a national class action lawsuit.  He is also an active arbitrator and mediator for the American Arbitration Association.

Mr. Brown currently serves as mediator, arbitrator, and special master in a variety of litigated and non-litigated disputes, including tort, employment construction, and commercial claims.

From 1971-1996, Mr. Brown practiced with the Popham Haik law firm, where he was active with the firm's Minneapolis and Denver offices.  From 1996-1999, he practiced with Bennett, Brown & McNeil, P.A.  He then worked at Smith Parker from 1999-2005.  He has also served as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Minnesota.

As community and bar leader, Mr. Brown served for many years as a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association Civil Trial Certification Council, was a member of the Board of Education of Benilde-St. Margaret's School, and served as its Board Chair for two years.


  • American Board of Trial Advocacy (ABOTA)
  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Awards & Honors

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating


  • J.D. (cum laude), University of Minnesota Law School, 1971
  • B.A., Journalism, University of Minnesota, 1969


  • Minnesota
  • Colorado
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit