Frederick Brown

Of Counsel

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

Professional Experience

  • Litigation attorney whose practice includes jury trials, court trials, appeals, and alternate dispute resolution (ADR) procedures in state and federal court and before governmental agencies.
  • Brown is a qualified arbitrator and mediator on the Minnesota Supreme Court Rule 114 Roster.
  • 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.
  • Currently serves as a mediator, arbitrator and special master in a variety of litigated and non-litigated disputes, including tort, employment, construction, and commercial claims.
  • Practiced with the Popham Haik law firm from 1971-1996, where he was active with the firm’s Minneapolis and Denver offices.
  • Practiced with Bennett, Brown & McNeil, P.A. from 1996-1999.
  • Worked at Smith Parker from 1999-2005.

Areas of Practice

  • General personal injury
  • Products liability
  • Municipal and governmental law
  • Civil rights
  • Insurance coverage and defense
  • Professional malpractice
  • Toxic tort
  • Intellectual property
  • Commercial and general litigation

Courts Admitted

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


  • University of Minnesota: B.A. in Journalism
  • University of Minnesota Law School (cum laude)

Publications & Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating

Community Involvement

  • Active arbitrator and mediator for the American Arbitration Association.
  • Served as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Minnesota.
  • Served for many years as a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association Civil Trial Certification Council.
  • Served 2 years on the Board of Education of Benilde-St. Margaret’s School as Board Chair.


  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association