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Trevor Brown
Trevor Brown

2021 Up & Coming Attorneys: Trevor Brown

Trevor Brown is a senior associate at Dorsey & Whitney. That is no small accomplishment.

“I was going to teach social studies,” Brown recalls, “but partway through I realized that I liked the social studies part more than the teaching part.”

As a result, a summer at Dorsey eight years ago turned Brown on to employment law. Now, as a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment group, his practice focuses on employment litigation and helping clients identify, address and resolve employment issues.

In that role, Brown litigates class and collective action wage/hour matters, and he often helps employers with discrimination and retaliation claims, noncompete issues and trade secret misappropriation matters.

While at Dorsey, Brown has gained experience representing financial services firms in arbitrations before FINRA, including disputes regarding non-solicitation agreements and advisers’ requests to expunge adverse disclosures.

He has handled multiple arbitrations for one large bank client, and has won every one by motion or at the hearing. He also has been victorious in summary judgment and discovery motions.

“I found that the work I do is more interesting than fighting over provisions in a contract,” said Brown.

According to one of Brown’s mentors, he has consistently performed at a level far beyond his years, and more importantly, has gained the trust and confidence of clients, including Fortune 500 clients who look to him as one of their advisers.

Brown has also made pro bono work an integral part of his practice. Over the past five years, he has been recognized annually by the North Star Program of the Minnesota State Bar Association for providing at least 50 hours of pro bono work each year.

One recent pro bono assignment was to represent a Wisconsin inmate in a federal civil rights suit challenging the conditions of his confinement.

“Pro bono cases let me step out of my area of expertise,” Brown said.

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