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VOL. 127 | NO. 47 | Thursday, March 8, 2012

Brown Makes Leap To Family Law Firm

By Andy Meek

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Family law attorney Aubrey Brown will celebrate his 18th year in practice at the Memphis firm he recently joined, Shea Moskovitz & McGhee PLC.


(Photo: Lance Murphey)

Brown was among a group from Glankler Brown PLLC that included Jim Arthur and Leigh-Taylor White who left Glankler and made the move to Shea Moskovitz. For his part, Brown said it was time to make the move from a firm of Glankler’s size to one that concentrates on his specialty of family law.

“I’ve always concentrated my practice in family law and divorce matters,” Brown said. “This just made sense after having spent the last several years in bigger firms where you can get lost in this type practice, where you can sort of become a little too invisible in a firm like that.

“I’m 46 and feel like I’m kind of getting into the prime of my practice.”

Brown was a member for several years at Glankler, where he arrived in 2006. He worked at Armstrong Allen PLLC before that.

He graduated from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 1993 and clerked for a year for the Tennessee Criminal Court of Appeals.

He found an opportunity to get into family law work by happenstance.

“When (the clerkship) was up, this was back at a time when the legal economy, for lack of a better word, was going through a spell like it is now,” Brown said. “Hard to find jobs, kind of tight. Family law was nothing I had aimed for. As far as I’m concerned, the law is the law no matter what area you practice in. It really doesn’t make much difference to me whether it’s family law, plaintiff’s litigation or personal injury matters. So I had an opportunity for family law and never looked back.”

Brown handles adoptions, prenuptial agreements, divorces, reconciliation agreements and the like. He said the only aspect of family law he doesn’t handle is what he classified as juvenile crime.

What he likes best about the job is what many family law attorneys say – that it’s an aspect of the law that makes a difference in the lives of families at a personal level and at a very trying, often emotional time for them.

“If I had to pick one thing I like best, it’s that this is one area of the law where you really do have an immediate impact on peoples’ lives,” Brown said. “And you have an immediate impact on things that are the most important to people. If you ask anybody with children, they’re going to say their kids are the most important thing to them, for example.”

He urges young lawyers or would-be lawyers to be diligent about keeping their work and personal lives in balance.

“Don’t forget you have a life outside of this,” he said. “As a lawyer, you can let this career consume you if you’re not careful. And you need to maintain a healthy balance. That involves not only focusing on your career and your job, but keep in mind you have a family, too, and a personal life, and you need to feed both of those. Too many people forget that.”

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