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About me

Accomplished and creative business attorney with twenty plus years of combined law and business experience in private industry and government. Advisor and legal counsel for many small and mid-market businesses, non-profits, individuals and the military. Skilled in business consulting and development, mergers and acquisitions, multi-national contract development and implementation, employment issues, intellectual property protection, complex commercial litigation, and negotiation and dispute resolution. Excellent writing, research, litigation, communication, and presentation skills. Capable of working with all levels of personnel from new employees to senior executive management, subject matter experts and stakeholders, and their government and public sector counterparts.




Practice areas


  1. Business: 30%
    17 years
  2. Contracts: 30%
    17 years
  3. Litigation: 20%
    17 years
  4. Employment: 15%
    17 years
  5. Intellectual Property: 5%
    17 years



Hourly ($250-300/hour), contingent (33%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

R.D. Brown, PLC

543 Marlpool Dr
Saline, MI, 48176


MIActive And In Good Standing200008/04/2016

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Reprimand
    issued in MI, 2005


    Reprimand means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State gives the lawyer a public reprimand in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

    Russell’s comment: “Attorney was reprimanded in 2005 for improperly notarizing a court document. Further explanation available upon request.”

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Recipent of many adult training awardsBoy Scouts of America1991
Eagle ScoutBoy Scouts of America1985
Recipient of many military awards and Letters of CommendationUnited State Army1985
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselThe Astilbe Group, LLC2012 - Present
Principal Business AttorneyR.D. Brown, PLC2000 - Present
Judge AdvocateThe United States Army2001 - 2009
AttorneyFord Motor Company Office Of The General Counsel/Human Resources2000 - 2001
Senior Program ManagerFord Motor Company / Carron & Company1992 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of Michigan, Business Law Section, Commercial Litigation CommitteeExecutive Committee Member1999 - Present
State Bar of Michigan, Litigation SectionExecutive Committee Member1999 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A1999 - Present
Boy Scouts of AmericaTraining and Program Committee1988 - Present
State Bar of Michigan Small Business SectionExecutive Committee MemberN/A
State Bar of Michigan, Young Lawyers SectionRepresentative1999 - 2004
Washtenaw County Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionChair1999 - 2004
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Lovebook LLC v Mylovebook, IncN/A
ProGolf, Inc v His & Hers, IncN/A
Yeager v American Commercial Finance, et. al.N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Prima Civitas FoundationEmployer Internship Kit - Michigan Internship2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
James Madison College at Michigan State UniversityInternational Relations & Pre - LawBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Wayne State University Law SchoolCorporate Finance and TransactionsLL.M - Master of LawsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
SPARK Law & OrderTrade Secret Implementation and Protection2012
New Business Start UpsBusiness Risk Assessment and How to Avoid Liability2012
Federal Government ContractingFederal Government Contracting and the FAR2012