David A Brown

David A Brown

Richmond, California

Education: 1977 - Bachelor of Arts, University of California at Davis

                1980 - Juris Doctor, University of California, Hastings College of the Law

Professional Experience: 1981 - 1987 - Private Solo Practice, El Cerrito

1987 - 2006 - Principal in Black, Brown, Lanier & Jackson, A Professional Association - emphasis in estate and trust planning and administration, charitable gift planning, probate, post-mortem trust administration, real estate.

2006 - present - David A. Brown, Attorney at Law - sole practice with emphasis in estate and trust planning and administration, charitable gift planning, probate, post-mortem trust administration, real estate.

Professional Activities: 1987 - 2006 - Arbitrator/Mediator, Bay Municipal Court Civil Arbitration Panel, Contra Costa County Bar Association. Fee Arbitration Panel, Contra Costa Municipal Court

SMARTER Program, Contra Costa Superior Court EASE Program (emphasis in probate and trust cases)

1994 - 2000 - Special Master, by appointment of the Contra Costa Superior Courts (appointed by the Court to negotiate and enforce settlement agreements involving actions brought by the City of Richmond to enforce various nuisance and zoning violations)

1999 - 2000 - Special Master, by appointment of the Alameda County Superior Court to supervise the sale of commercial real estate in an action between partners

Community Activities: 1994 - 1995 - Member, Board of Directors, REACH For Learning, a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to remedial education for children

1996 - 2000 - Member, Governing Board, Doctors Medical Center - San Pablo and Pinole(regional medical center comprised of two hospitals) - (Chair, Planning Committee)

1999 - present - Member, Board of Directors, the Richmond Rotary Club (including terms as President and currently, Treasurer)

1992 - 2008 and 2010 - 2013 - Member, Board of Directors, Temple Beth Hillel, Richmond (including terms as President, Treasurer and Secretary)

2001 - 2003 and 2015 to present - Member, Police Commission, City of Richmond (Chair, Policy Manual Review Subcommittee; Chair, Discovery Policy Review Subcommittee)

2007 - 2012 - Member, Board of Directors, Contra Costa College Foundation

2009 - 2012 - Treasurer, San Francisco Chapter of the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association

2012 - 2015 - Member and Vice-Chair, Personnel Board, City of Richmond

2012 - 2015- Member, Childrens' Hospital and Research Center Oakland Foundation Legacy Advisors Panel

Admissions: California Supreme Court - 1980

          U.S. District Court, Northern District of California - 1981

          U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California -1986

          U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit - 1986

          Supreme Court of the United States - 1986

Personal: Married to Cheryl K. Black, a retired attorney. Musician, certificated pilot, sailboat skipper

References: William M. Reid, President (ret.), The Mechanics Bank

         Gary Sloan, CEO, San Ramon Valley Medical Center, San Ramon

         Barbara J. Komas, MD, Physician, Fairfield

         Hon. Peter A. Berger, Judge, Contra Costa Superior Court

         Doug Seiberling, Deputy Chief (ret.), Richmond Police Department

         William Lansdowne, Chief (ret.), San Diego Police Department

        (formerly Chief, Richmond Police Department)

Client and additional references are available upon request

"Discourage litigation.

Persuade your neighbors to compromise wherever you can.

Point out to them how the nominal winner

is often the real loser - in fees, expenses and waste of time.

As a peacemaker, the lawyer has a superior opportunity

of being a good man."

Abraham Lincoln

July 1, 1850

Areas of Practice

  • Probate
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • Trusts
  • Wills