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Before it was popular, Martha was practicing Elder Law. Before other attorneys were touting themselves as the gurus of special needs planning, Martha had already blazed the trail. She began her practice working in a general practice firm where the attorneys did just about anything, but, none of the attorneys wanted to represent clients in guardianship cases. Martha signed on as the attorney for those types of cases and this eventually led to the court appointing her to serve as a guardian for incapacitated people. When one of these clients needed Medicaid, Martha learned the Medicaid rules and applied them on behalf of the client. Eventually, she saw a need to help people with disabilities. There was no real legal resource for these types of clients, so Martha learned everything she could about the legal needs and solutions for clients with disabilities. There were no reference books on the subject, so Martha read the Federal and Missouri statuTes, rules and laws, and then read them again, and figured out how to help these clients.


Martha focused on developing a firm that concentrated on the needs of the elderly, incapacitated and those with disabilities. After joining he National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, she recognized the importance of Missouri law as it related to the new and emerging area of Elder Law.


As time progressed, her reputation grew as the Elder Law attorney in the St. Louis area, but she didn't sit on this title. She has continued to educate herself and serve the organizations that helps the elderly and disabled. 


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Practice areas


  1. Probate: 25%
  2. Guardianship: 25%
  3. Elder Law: 25%
  4. Estate Planning: 25%


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    I have been a professional colleague of Martha's for many years and have worked with Martha on committees for the Missouri Chapter of NAELA. In addition to being well organized she possesses all the qualities of a great elder law attorney. She has held positions of responsibility in professional organizations (Chair, Missouri Bar Elder Law Committee; Founding Member and past President, Missouri Chapter of NAELA; Fellow, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; Fellow, American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel) and her volunteer efforts in the community are numerous. She has received professional awards including the prestigious Powley Award (2008) presented by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and has received Volunteer Awards from the Alzheimer's Association, the Brain Injury Association and the St. Louis County Older Resident Program. These are the only ones I know of and I am certain there are others. She is without doubt a preeminent Elder Law Attorney.


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Contact info

Martha C. Brown & Associates, LLC

220 W. Lockwood Ave.,
Suite 203
St. Louis (Webster Groves), MO, 63119-2353


MOGood Standing, Active198201/08/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Powley Elder Law AwardNational Academy of Elder Law Attorneys2008
Service AwardBrain Injury Association2005
Public Citizen of the Year AwardNational Association of Social Workers2002
Elder Law Attorney of the Year AwardNational Academy of Elder Law Attorneys2001
Volunteer of the Year AwardAlzheimer's Association2000
Volunteer AwardSt. Louis County Older Resident Program1996
ListedSuper Lawyers MagazineN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyMartha C. Brown & Associates2000 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Special Needs AllianceBoard of Directors2011 - Present
National Elder Law FoundationCertified Elder Law Attorney2000 - Present
Missouri BarMemberN/A
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMemberN/A
St. Louis Bar FoundationBoard Member2007 - 2009
Mid-East Area Agency on AgingBoard Member2004 - 2010
Association for Aging with Developmental DisabilitiesBoard Member2001 - 2010
Missouri Bar, Elder Law CommitteeChair2001 - 2004
Long Term Care Ombudsman Program for Eastern MissouriBoard Member1999 - 2010
Women Lawyers Association of Greater St. LouisBoard Member1996 - 2000
Publication nameTitleDate
Special Needs Alliance NewsletterSelf-Advocacy's Growing Momentum2012
iwatchradioCaring for Mom Together2011
Missouri Bar CLE DeskbookGuardianships and Conservatorships Chapters2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
University of VermontN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Boot CampFirst and Third Party Special Needs Trusts2012
MO Bar WebinarThe Next Step Series: Guardianships for Adults2012
Missouri Best Practices SeminarElder Law-An Update of Recent Developments2012
Missouri Bar WebinarHow to Obtain Guardianship of an Adult in Missouri2012
Special Needs Alliance Armchair ChatSpecialized Preparation of Advance Directives2011
Society of Financial Service Professionals MeetingElder Law and Special Needs Attorneys2011
Elder Law Update15 Hour Review of the Law2011
Alzheimer's Family Education ClassLegal and Financial Issues2011
Aging with Developmental Disabilities ConferenceSocial Security Benefits: Are You Secure?2011