Augustus F. "Gus" Brown, at the podium, leads the… (submitted photo )
Augustus F. "Gus" Brown, principal in the law firm of Brown, Brown & Young, P.A., in Bel Air, was a featured professor recently in a combined University of Maryland Carey School of Law and University of Baltimore School of Law third-year law student Litigation Skills Program.
This program, a combined full-semester course coordinated by the American College of Trial Lawyers, invites experienced practitioners to address the law students, all under the supervision of faculty advisors, Judge J. Frederick Motz of the U.S. District Court for Maryland and Professor Jerome Deise of the University of Maryland Carey School of Law.
With Brown on Jan. 9 were Kathleen Meredith and Paul Mark Sandler, two Baltimore area litigation experts, and the sessions were moderated by James R. Chason of the American College of Trial Lawyers, who complimented Brown by saying this his presentations, "Really got the program off to a great start!"
"I presented on 'Structuring the Trial Story to the Jury,'" Brown said about the sessions. "I also demonstrated the use of jury focus groups to help identify in advance the impact and sequence of evidence. Focus groups really help the trial practitioner understand how to weigh the impact of evidence, and how to build the story through the presentation of evidence."
Brown also recently marked the 20th anniversary of his achieving an AV Preeminent rating in the Martindale-Hubbell National Law Directory. This is Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating: the "A" signifies the highest level of legal ability, and the"V"denotes very high adherence to professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence.
To quote Martindale-Hubbell: "Happy Anniversary. Your peers have been recognizing that you possess the highest standards in both your ethical behavior and quality of your legal work for many years, and 2012 marks your 20th Anniversary of receiving the highest possible professional rating."
Martindale-Hubbell also notes: "The AV Preeminent rating is the pinnacle of excellence earned through a strenuous Peer Review Rating process."
Brown is prominent in Harford County's legal community. His firm on South Main Street offers a range of civil and criminal legal representation services.
The law firm of Brown, Brown & Young, originally founded by Augustus Brown's grandfather, has offices in Bel Air and Elkton. Founded in 1901, it has been in practice longer than any other law firm in Harford or Cecil counties.
Gus Brown and the law firm of Brown, Brown & Young, P.A., have each earned a Tier One Best Lawyer and Best Law Firm ranking for 2011-2012 by The Best Lawyers in America ranking company, in the area of personal injury litigation.
Selection to "Best Lawyers" is based on a peer-review survey. The results of this survey have been described by The American Lawyer as "the most respected referral list" available.
Brown's previous honors include being selected as a member of Baltimore's Legal Elite; being recognized as one of Maryland's Super Lawyers; and being placed on Lawdragon's list of the 3,000 leading plaintiffs' lawyers in the United States.
Brown practices in federal and state courts, concentrating in the fields of auto injury, defective products, highway construction crashes, workers' compensation, and criminal defense. He frequently facilitates jury focus groups for other trial attorneys, as well as for his own cases, on medical malpractice, negligence and auto liability case issues. He has appeared on WYPR-FM's "Dan Rodericks Show" as an expert on jury selection and evidence presentation.