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Robert Elliott Brown

Robert Elliott Brown

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    About Me

    Our ESOP Plus®  team uses employee stock ownership plans, stock options, stock appreciation rights, phantom stock and other sophisticated, tax advantaged employee ownership techniques and exit strategies to help clients protect their family's financial future, reward their loyal employees and secure the legacy and core philosophy of the businesses they have created and nurtured.

    ESOP Plus® is one of the most sophisticated middle market boutique ESOP and employee ownership teams in the nation. The team is able to call on other affiliated specialized colleagues with experience in mergers, acquisitions, private equity buyouts, management buyouts and leveraged buyouts, creditor rights, litigation, commercial law and wealth transfer to present clients with a full range of options to match their goals. 

    ESOP Plus® concentrates in the employee ownership field. However, because of our more than 100 years of experience with many different clients in many different industries we are able to counsel clients on the full range of business options. Our close contacts with other professionals enables us to engage multidisciplinary and multi-jurisdictional expertise to facilitate our clients' goals on a national as well as a global scale.

    Smooth coordination with other highly skilled professionals allow clients the peace of mind that comes when the fruits of their labor become a blessing, not a burden.

    Creative and flexible middle market pricing has made the ESOP Plus® team an attractive, cost-effective choice for for clients with transactions ranging from under $1 million to over $1 billion.



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    Award NameGrantorDate Granted
    International Member of the YearAlliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors2009
    Spirit AwardWilson Commencement Park2001
    Most Outstanding Community LeaderUrban League of Rochester1998
    The Nathaniel AwardThe Daily Record1998
    Community Leader of 1998St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee1998
    Friend of the AgencyIbero American Action League1993
    President's AwardMonroe County Bar Association1991
    Hispanic Leadership and Commitment AwardIbero American Action League1987

    Work Experience

    TitleCompany NameDuration
    Founding PartnerESOP Plus®: Schatz Brown Glassman Kossow LLP2011 - Present
    Chief Executive OfficerBoylan, Brown, Code, Vigdor & Wilson, LLP2006 - 2011
    Founding Partner, Chair ESOP+Boylan, Brown, Code Vigdor & Wilson1974 - 2011
    Founding PartnerBoylan, Brown, Code, Vigdor & Wilson, LLP1974 - 2011


    Association NamePosition NameDuration
    MadrigaliaBoard Member2009 - Present
    Alliance of Merger & Acquisitions AdvisorsChair, 2nd & 3rd International Symposiums2009 - 2010
    American College of Employee Benefits CounselFellow2009 - Present
    International Society of Primerus Law FirmsBoard Member2008 - 2009
    Rochester Presbyterian Home FoundationBoard Member2008 - Present
    Rochester Presbyterian Home FoundationDirector2007 - Present
    International Society of Primerus Law FirmsVice Chair, Business, Corporate and International Group2005 - 2006
    Honorary Committee, Monroe Community College Nazi Olympics ExhibitMember2001 - 2001
    WXXI Public Broadcasting Council, Inc.Trustee Council1999 - Present
    Special Committee on the Law Governing Firm Structure and Operation, New York State Bar AssociationMember1999 - 2000
    Special Committee on Multidisciplinary Practice and the Legal Profession, New York State Bar AssociationMember1998 - 1999
    Rochester City School BoardElected Public Official1998 - 2005
    Rochester Philharmonic OrchestraDirector1997 - 2005
    Fellows of the New York Bar FoundationMember1995 - Present
    Wilson Commencement ParkDirector1994 - 2001
    Rochester Presbyterian HomePresident1993 - 1996
    President's Commission of Access to Legal Services, Monroe County Bar AssociationMember1993 - 1993
    Monroe County Democratic CommitteeChairman1992 - 1994
    Rochester Presbyterian HomeVice President1991 - 1993
    N/ADirector1991 - 2000
    N/AChairman1991 - 1999
    Rochester Philharmonic OrchestraDirector1990 - 1991
    Rochester Presbyterian HomeDirector1990 - 1996
    Rochester Urban Cultural Park Citizens Advisory CommitteeChairman1990 - 1992
    Public Interest Law Committee, Monroe County Bar AssociationMember1990 - 1991
    Citizens Advisory Committee, Vision 2000: DowntownMember1990 - 1992
    N/AChairman1989 - 1989
    Ibero-American Action LeaguePresident1987 - 1987
    The David Hochstein Memorial Music SchoolTreasurer1987 - 1991
    Tax Section, Monroe County Bar AssociationMember1987 - Present
    Regional Council on Aging (now Lifespan)Chairman1986 - 1989
    The David Hochstein Memorial Music SchoolDirector1985 - 1991
    Ibero-American Action LeagueDirector1985 - 1993
    Monroe County Office for the Aging Citizens Advisory CommitteeMember1984 - 1989
    Volunteer Legal Service Project of Monroe County, Inc.Director1984 - 1993
    Arts For Greater RochesterDirector1983 - 1986
    American Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
    Regional Council on Aging (now Lifespan)Vice President1982 - 1985
    Monroe Prepaid Legal Service CorporationPresident1981 - 1994
    Regional Council on Aging (now Lifespan)Director1981 - 1989
    Monroe Prepaid Legal Service CorporationVice President1980 - 1980
    Legal Services Network for the Aging, Family Service of RochesterChairman, Advisory Committee1980 - 1985
    Estate Planning Council of RochesterExecutive Committee Member1979 - 1979
    Monroe County Bar AssociationChairman, House/Finance Committee1979 - 1980
    Executive Committee New York State Bar Association Tax SectionMember1978 - Present
    Monroe County Bar AssociationTrustee1978 - 1979
    Task Force Examining the Delivery of Legal Services to the Poor, Monroe County Bar AssociationChairman1977 - 1977
    Monroe Prepaid Legal Service CorporationFounder, Director1976 - 1994
    Monroe County Bar AssociationTreasurer1976 - 1977
    Monroe County Bar AssociationExecutive Committee Member1976 - 1979
    Monroe County Bar AssociationMember1972 - Present
    New York State Bar AssociationMember1972 - Present


    Publication NameTitleDate
    New York University Review of Employee Benefits and Executive CompensationInsulation from Environmental Liability for ESOP Trustees (Publication: August, 2007)2007
    New York University Review of Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Basic Fiduciary Guidance for the ESOP Trustee in Corporate Finance Transactions2006
    Unknown"A Checklist for the Planning and Drafting of Shareholder Buy-Sell Agreements"1991
    New York State Tax Service, Matthew Bender & CompanyChapter 4, "Taxation of Nonresidents: Allocation and Apportionment" 1985
    New York State Tax Service Matthew Bender & CompanyChapter 3, "Residence"1985


    School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
    Yale Law SchoolLawLL.B - Bachelor of Laws1970
    Oberlin CollegeLiberal ArtsA.B. cum laude1967

    Speaking Engagements

    Conference NameTitleDate
    NCEO/Beyster Institute Employee Ownership ConferenceESOP Governance2010
    Upstate NY/NJ Chapter, ESOP AssociationCurrent Developments in ESOPs2009
    Pinnacle Equity Solutions 2-Day WorkshopESOPs as an Exit Strategy2009
    Employment Law for the General Practitioner and Corporate Counselor: Current Law and Cutting-Edge IssuesBasic Employee Benefits Issues2007
    Eleventh Annual New York State and City Tax InstitutePost Employment Taxation of Deferred Compensation and Covenants Not To Compete2007
    2007 Upper New York State ESOP ConferenceESOP Fiduciary Issues2007
    2007 Tax Section Summer MeetingRecent New York State and City Legislation2007
    Primerus Annual MeetingMulti-Jurisdictional Practice2006
    New York State Bar Association Real Estate SeminarTransfer Taxes and Real Estate2006
    Tax Section Annual MeetingMultistate Taxation2005
    Practical Skills in Business LawEthics2005
    2005 New York State Bar Association Annual MeetingThe Streamlined Sales Tax Project: Status and Future2005
    10th Annual Multi-State ESOP ConferenceTrustees and Boards of Directors: Pros and Cons of Internal vs. External2005
    New York State Bar Association Tax Section Summer MeetingU.S. Cross-Border Provincial, State and Local Tax Issues2004
    9th Annual New York State and City Tax InsituteTreaty, Constitutional and Major Statutory Issues Affecting State/Provincial Cross Border Taxation2004
    2004 Upper New York State ESOP ConferenceForming and ESOP2004
    Representing the Gay and Lesbian Client in New YorkEmployee Benefits Issues for Gay and Lesbian Clients2003
    New York University 50th Annual Institute on Federal TaxationPlanning and Drafting of Shareholder Buy-Sell Agreements1991
    New York University Taxation of Closely Held BusinessesTaxation of Closely Held Businesses1990
    New York University 47th Annual Institute on Federal TaxationFederal Taxation1988