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Joseph S. Brown

Partner, Employment Litigation Practice Leader
Related Info
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia (inactive)
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of New York

B.A., magna cum laude, University of Rochester
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law

Joe concentrates his practice in employment and general business litigation. He regularly defends private and public sector employers in lawsuits involving harassment, discrimination, restrictive covenants, whistleblower claims, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), civil rights claims, and other labor matters. As an appellate litigator, he has successfully briefed and argued several cases, including more than a dozen favorable decisions in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Joe advises clients on personnel issues and strategies to avoid employment litigation. He also has experience litigating complex business disputes.

Joe is Hodgson Russ’s diversity partner and serves on the firm’s Committee on Attorney Recruiting, Development & Diversity (CARDD). He is a former president of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York, Inc. and an elected member of the New York State Bar Association House of Delegates, the governing body of the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Prior to joining Hodgson Russ, Joe practiced at a large law firm in Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia.


  • National Federation for Just Communities Community Leader Award, 2016

  • Buffalo Business First's 40 Under Forty Award, 2013



Professional Associations

  • New York State Bar Association (elected member, House of Delegates)
  • Minority Bar Association of Western New York (former president, treasurer, and co-chair of Judicial Ratings Committee)
  • Bar Association of Erie County (member of Judiciary, Labor & Employment, and Appellate Committees)
  • United States Law Firm Group Diversity Committee

Community & Pro Bono

Joe serves as a member of the boards of directors of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York Foundation, Inc., Neighborhood Legal Services, and the Summit Foundation, where he has been active in raising awareness and money for autism.  He was formerly vice president of the board of directors for Buffalo Prep.  In addition, Joe coaches youth basketball, volunteers as a mentor for law students, serves as a coach and judge in moot court competitions, and speaks to students about careers in the legal profession.