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David James Brown

Family Attorney at Lawrence, KS

5.0   2 reviews
  • State Years
    Kansas - KS 34 years
    New York - NY 34 years
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State KS
    Acquired 1990
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1990
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation

    32 years

  2. Family
    We handle divorce, custody, child support, adoptions, wills, trusts, probate, non-traditional family law, premarital and post-marital agreements.

    32 years

  3. Wills and living wills

    32 years

  4. Child custody

    34 years

● Selected as Best Lawyer in Lawrence, Kansas three years in a row (2013, 2014, and 2015 -- top 10 since 2013) by readers of the Lawrence Journal World.

David Brown began his law practice in Lawrence in 1992, and in the decades since has developed a reputation for civic commitment.

“This community has been generous to me, and I want to give back as much as I can,” he says. “Really, that is what community means. You give back, and it’s our civic responsibility.”

Brown fell in love with the small-town vibe of Lawrence after moving here from Albany, N.Y. “Albany’s big enough where there is no sense of community like there is in Lawrence,” he says.

But that’s not what got Brown to stick it out in the Heartland. The avid LGBTQ-rights advocate felt a need for his services.

“I am a passionate advocate of their rights,” he says. “My dedication to serving my clients and the needs of a community that has been discriminated against has somewhat been helpful to my image, but I am truly dedicated to helping people who need help.”

Brown also practices in other areas, including family law.

“I work with folks in crisis situations who need help getting through, frequently, what are just horrible times in their lives,” Brown says. “Those people need dedicated and skilled professionals to assist them because people should not go to court without help.”



Law Office of David Brown LLC
120 East 9th Street
Ste 103
Lawrence, KS, 66044


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Posted by anonymous | September 14, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
My husband and I retained David J Brown on the advice of multiple friends when we found ourselves in need of an attorney to help us with a neighbor turned stalker. Ours was a highly unusual and difficult case rife with challenges the likes of which none had ever seen before. Not only did David J Brown set legal precedence during the course of our highly stressful and unusual year, he did it during a pandemic! Talk about unforeseen difficulties requiring creative solutions on the fly! Zoom court anyone? We got to know David over the course of our very difficult year. He was highly responsive to our needs and the demands of our case. He demonstrated an honest respect for the legal ethics that guide his practice and he cares deeply for the people he represents. He is an excellent attorney and a genuinely nice human being. We are incredibly grateful to David for helping us navigate through uncharted legal waters during uncertain times.
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Posted by Michael | June 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
professional, knowledgeable; working in the client's best interest
I hired Mr. Brown to update my old will packet. He was professional, courteous and dedicated to seeing that my interests were met. He answered all questions and was prompt in delivering my new will packet; within two weeks. I would highly recommend David Brown for anyone looking for a dedicated and professional lawyer.


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AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • The Law Offices of David J. Brown, LC
  • 1992 - Present
  • Research Attorney
  • Kansas Court of Appeals for Chief Judge Mary Briscoe
  • 1991 - 1992
  • Research Attorney
  • Kansas Court of Appeals -- Central Staff
  • 1990 - 1991


  • Albany Law School of Union University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • University of Kentucky
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1976

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Jennings et. al. v. Kansas State Board of Cosmetology
  • Braiden Maidens victors


  • ABA -- LGBT Bar -- Family Law Institute
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Judge Hugh Means American Inn of Court
  • Former Chair
  • 1992 - Present
  • American Inns of Court
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Douglas County Bar Association
  • Former Chair
  • 1991 - Present
  • Douglas County Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Former Chair
  • 1997 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best of Lawrence -- Lawyer
  • The Lawrence (Kansas) Journal World
  • 2015
  • Best of Lawrence -- Lawyer
  • The Lawrence Journal World
  • 2014
  • Best of Lawrence -- Lawyer
  • The Lawrence (Kansas) Journal World
  • 2013
  • Kentucky Colonel
  • Kentucky Governonr Julian Carroll
  • 1978
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  • The Bencher (American Inns of Court)
  • Perspectives
  • 2007
  • The Bencher (American Inns of Court)
  • Leadership or Always in the Red
  • 2007
  • The Bencher (American Inns of Court)
  • Depression Ethics
  • 2005
  • The Bencher (American Inns of Court)
  • Civility
  • 2005
  • Judicature
  • Facing the Monster in the Judicial Closet
  • 1999
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Speaking Engagements

  • Workshop for Same Sex and Non-married couples
  • Legal rights of unmarried couples
  • 2007
  • Survey of Legal Solutions for GLBT Clients
  • Estate Planning for GLBT clients
  • 2007
  • Mediation class lecture
  • Role of Mediation in Family Law
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Wills and living wills Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David Brown is knowledgeable and passionate about representing his clients and helping people in his community. He is also compassionate and lovely to work with. David has special expertise in the area of LGBTQ+ legal issues. I would refer a family member or close friend to him, if I had someone close to me who was in Kansas and in need of family law or estate planning advice."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."