Melissa C. Brown, JD
Melissa C. Brown (Shawnee Nation) is a frequent lecturer at legal conventions and seminars. Ms. Brown has been recognized in America’s Top Attorneys for over 15 years. She has studied International Mediation at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.
Ms. Brown is a certified specialist in Workers’ Compensation as well as a national expert on Elder Law, Social Security Disability and Health Care Planning and decision-making. She is a law professor and published author.
Her curriculum vitae reflects over 30 years of commitment to providing legal services to the elderly and disabled in clinical, legal services, and private practice settings. She has been instrumental in developing public policy and legislative approaches to the resolution of disability, health care and aging issues.
She holds a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and is admitted to practice in state and federal court. Many of her appellate cases have paved new ground for injured and disabled workers, including several cases of “first impression” in such areas as age and gender discrimination, serious and willful misconduct and representation of employees of Indian Tribes.
She has spent considerable time in teaching and training law students, care providers, medical professionals, community services workers, paralegals and lawyers, and in writing and publishing practice materials for them. She presents legal and legislative information and analysis to unions, employer groups and organizations in various settings such as shop steward training, the Coalition of Organized Labor, the United Way Union and Community Relations programs, as well as to news reporters.
Ms. Brown is a Professor at the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. She also serves as the supervising attorney at the Elder Law and Health Clinic at McGeorge’s Community Legal Services, where she oversees a select group of law students as they serve the elderly community on a pro-bono basis.
Her legislative advocacy has addressed issues affecting disabled and senior citizens, as well as advocacy on behalf of injured workers. Ms. Brown is a practicing partner with the law firm of Fraulob, Brown, Gowen & Snapp.