Geraldine Brown


Title: Lawyer, Management Consultant

Location: Montclair, New Jersey, United States

Geraldine Brown, Lawyer and Management Consultant, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership.

Ms. Brown was inspired to enter the legal profession upon realizing the struggles people endured in the 1960s. After learning about the kind of work that went into securing people’s rights, she decided it was something she wanted to do. She realized that in pursuing law she would be afforded opportunities to help others in a way that promotes change. During her career, she has had many mentors. Professor Courier and also Deryck Bell at Harvard Law School were just two of the people who influenced her over time and who encouraged her to go forward with her career.

Ms. Brown pursued the field academically by first earned a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from Fisk University in 1968. She continued at Harvard University, receiving a JD in 1971 and an MBA in 1973. In 1973, she began working as an associate at White & Case and then joined J.C. Penney Co., Inc. in 1978, a position she held until 1988. Since 1989, Ms. Brown has served as the president of The Reed-Brown Consultant Group. During this time, she leveraged her skills and expertise as counsel at Spooner & Burnett from 1993 to 1998. In addition to these positions, she has taught at Montclair State College, the Seton Hall, Hudson County Community College, Bergen County Community College and the Entrepreneurial Training Institute.

Throughout her career, Ms. Brown has enjoyed being a part of various bar associations. With the Harvard Law School Association, she was happy to be involved in creating group boards, lectures, dinners and meet-ups. Her younger brother was someone she encouraged to become a judge in New York as well as her sister-in-law who was an author and professor at Harvard Law School. She has been involved with such organizations as the New York State Bar Foundation, the American Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the Harvard Law School Black Alumni Association and the New York County Lawyers Association, among many others.

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