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Mary Katherine Brown

About me

In addition to my family law, business law and medical malpractice work, I regularly provide legal consultation and trial preparation for other attorneys.  Whether my client is a legal professional, a business, or an individual, my goal is the same: do all I can to achieve the best possible result, and make each contact with my client an opportunity to demonstrate my respect for them, and my appreciation for the trust and faith they put in me.  I strive to balance efficency with patience and detail so I can help my clients understand what can be done, what may be done, and/or what must be done to protect their legal rights and achieve their objective within their budget.  It is also extremely important to me that I counsel each of my clients on litigation and legal "crisis" avoidance!  Many, many legal disputes can be can be avoided entirely with proper attention to drafting and documentation, and those that cannot are often possible to resolve with negotiation, creative thinking, ADR and/or some combination thereof--all solutions less costly than litigation.  Besides legal training, I believe a good lawyer's toolbox should include large quantities of empathy, enthusiasm and perseverance, mine certainly does... 

The best compliment I can receive from a client is a referral to a friend or a family member--there's no greater validation that my efforts on behalf of my clients are worthwhile and meaningful.  To those who have made such referrals, thank you again!



Languages spoken: French, Spanish, Polish, Urdu, Punjabi

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Contact info

Law Office of Mary Katherine Brown

147 Prince Street
Suite 24
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Law Office of Mary Katherine Brown

425 Madison Avenue
9th Floor
New York, NY, 10017


Practice areas


  1. Family: 40%
    17 years
  2. Divorce: 30%
    17 years
  3. Child Custody: 18%
    17 years
  4. Adoption: 5%
    17 years
  5. Other: 7%
  6. More 



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

132 total 

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    Mary is very sharp. She quickly grasps the essence of an issue, is intelligent and articulate, and gives sound advice. She also has the guts to stand up and fight for her client's interests. The best attorneys are the ones that have the intellect "and" the follow through to get things done - Mary has both.


    Dana Quigley Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Theodore Lyons Araujo

    Divorce is not just about getting out of a marriage. Mary takes the time with clients, and has the broad kind of experience that allows her to discover the facts necessary to secure a seperation and dissolution that takes into account the future needs of her clients, not only the immedeate desire to break away. I endorse her for the thoughtful representation that is apparent from the answers to the client inquiries, and I endorse her because her broad practice, including estates and elder law, allow her to anticipate the needs of her clients before the client realizes these issues need to be addressed in every divorce.


    Theodore Araujo Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


NYCurrently registered 200007/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top ContributorAVVO2016
Client's ChoiceAvvo2015
Top ContributorAVVO2015
Client's ChoiceAVVO2014
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Part 36 Certification Article 81 FiduciaryOffice Court Administration2013
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Superb RatingAVVO2013
Top ContributorAVVO2013
Client's ChoiceAVVO2012
Certifiction Article 81 FiduciaryOffice Court Administration2012
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Certifiction Article 81 FiduciaryOffice of Court Administration2011
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Volunteer AdvocateCASA1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderLaw Office of Mary Katherine Brown2010 - Present
AttorneyMLET2008 - 2010
Business AffairsDMA2000 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New Yorkmember2011 - Present
United States District Court for the Southern District of New Yorkmember2011 - Present
New York State Bar Associationmember1997 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
NYU v K.Summary Judgment granted for client
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Publication nameTitleDate
Legal PeeksPaternity2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
State University of New York at Buffalo School of LawCultural & Family StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Family LawFamily Law1999
Contracts and the UCCContract Law1999