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T Andrew Brown

T. Andrew Brown, President

T. Andrew Brown of Rochester, founder and managing partner of Brown Hutchinson, LLP, and president of Ascend Wellness Holdings, became president of the New York State Bar Association on June 1, 2021. A NYSBA member for 37 years, he is a former chair of the Trial Lawyers Section and Finance Committee, vice-president for the 7th Judicial District,…

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T. Andrew Brown of Rochester, founder and managing partner of Brown Hutchinson, LLP, and president of Ascend Wellness Holdings, became president of the New York State Bar Association on June 1, 2021.

A NYSBA member for 37 years, he is a former chair of the Trial Lawyers Section and Finance Committee, vice-president for the 7th Judicial District, a member-at-large of the Executive Committee and co-chair of the Task Force on the Future of the Legal Profession and the Task Force on Racial Injustice and Police Reform, among various other leadership positions.

Brown formerly practiced as an associate with Nixon, Hargrave, Devans and Doyle (now Nixon Peabody) in the New York City and Rochester offices. He also served as Rochester’s corporation counsel – the City’s Chief Legal Officer and head of its law department. Brown’s civil litigation practice covers all phases of trial and appeals in matters of commercial disputes, personal injury and employment. His practice is statewide in state and federal courts. His clientele is nationwide. He has also been a mediator and arbitrator on the commercial, employment and complex case panels of the American Arbitration Association since 1996. He has received many awards for his business and civic achievements, and is rated at the highest level for attorneys, AV-Preeminent, for both legal ability and ethics by Martindale-Hubbell.

Brown is a past president of the Monroe County Bar Association and the Rochester Black Bar Association. He is a past general counsel of the National Bar Association. He recently completed nine years on the New York State Board of Regents, the last five as Vice-Chancellor. He has served on many other boards and commissions and has also held adjunct teaching positions with the State University of New York, and has lectured on many legal topics over the years.

Brown earned his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, and his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University.

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Sherry Levin Wallach

President-Elect

Taa R. Grays

Secretary

Domenick Napoletano

Treasurer

Scott M. Karson

Immediate Past President

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Totaling thirty members, the Executive Committee has the authority to act and speak on behalf of the Association, consistent with previous action of the House of Delegates, when the House is not in session. The Executive Committee meets quarterly before meetings of the House of Delegates and at other times as necessary.

The Executive Committee is composed of the officers of the Association, together with vice-presidents from each of the thirteen judicial districts in the state (the 1st district has two vice-presidents), eight members-at-large, and the immediate past president. All officers are elected to serve one-year terms.

All members of the Executive Committee also serve in the House of Delegates.

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Section Chairs represent each of NYSBA’s 27 Sections. Each Section draws its membership from lawyers or judges with common professional interests. Sections operate with their own officers, dues schedule and committees. They address professional development, improvement of laws and continuing education in a variety of substantive law fields.

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