Location: Haverford, Pennsylvania, United States
William Hill Brown, III, Esq. has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the legal field.
“You are able to achieve many of the goals you have set out for yourself- you just need to work hard and trust the journey,” says Mr. Brown, who has been demonstrating expertise in the profession of law for more than 60 years. He has been successful in his career by surrounding himself with wonderful mentors who not only taught him the industry know-how to become an expert but also shared with him the integrity and professionalism to help others that would result in a rewarding career. He entered his profession after serving in the U.S. Army Air Corp for two and a half years from 1946 to 1948. To prepare for his career, he earned a Bachelor of Science from Temple University in 1952 and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1955. Shortly thereafter, he was admitted to practice in the state of Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Mr. Brown’s early roles in his tenure included associate, then partner, at Norris, Schmidt, Green, and Higginbotham (later Norris, Brown Hall). From there, he joined the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office as Deputy District Attorney and Chief of the Fraud Unit for the office.
He was chairman of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from May 1969 to December 1973, originally being appointed as a Commissioner by President Lyndon B. Johnson, and later appointed by President Richard M. Nixon and after Senate confirmation was designated as its chair by the President.
After leaving the government, he joined Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis in Philadelphia, becoming its first Black partner. For four years he served on its Executive Committee. He was designated Senior Counsel in 1999. He has also been admitted practice before the U.S. Supreme Court as well as the Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and Tenth Circuits. He has handled major litigation both at the state and federal level in over 20 states, the District of Columbia, and The U.S. Virgin Islands.
His success as an attorney has afforded him the opportunity to take on prominent roles in his profession, including serving for 20 years on the Board of Directors of United Parcel Service during which time he chaired its Audit Committee. He also has served as co-chair and as a member of the board of directors of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. He is a life member of The American Bar Foundation, a Fellow of the American Law Institute, Fellow of The International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Additionally, he served as the chair of the Philadelphia Special Investigation Committee (the MOVE Commission) which was established to conduct a thorough independent and impartial examination of the events leading up to and including the dropping of a bomb on a row house and the ensuing fire which resulted in the deaths of six adult MOVE members and five children.
Civic board memberships include service on Mercy Douglas Hospital, as well as chairman of the Executive Committee and President of the Board of Directors, President and Board member of the National Black Child Development Institute Inc., and the national board of directors of the American Heart Association.
Mr. Brown has taught as a lecturer for the Southwest Legal Foundation, the Practicing Law Institute, and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. He is actively involved in his professional community, Mr. Brown affiliates with the American Bar Association, the Philadelphia Bar Association, the D.C. Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the International-American Association of Philadelphia.
In recognition of his professional excellence in his career, Mr. Brown was the recipient of numerous awards. These awards include the Merit Award from the Federal Bar Association, the NAACP award, the Dr. Edward S. Cooper Award from the American Heart Association, the Whitney M. Young Junior Leadership Award from the Urban League, and the Whitney North Seymour Award from the Lawyers Committee from Civil Rights Under Law. Furthermore, he earned the Champions for Social Justice and Equality Award from the Black Law Students Association at Rutgers-Camden University, the University of Pennsylvania Law School Alumni of Merit Award and the Tuskegee Airman Award from the Lawyers Committee. As he looks ahead to the future, Mr. Brown intends to continue in his work while seeking out new opportunities to impact his field with positivity and expertise.
Mr. Brown is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who Among African Americans, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry and Who’s Who in Employment Lawyers.
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