Chris Brown, Broward County Court Candidate, Group 15 – Sun Sentinel

Campaign website: CampaignChrisBrown.com

Date and place of birth: November 16, 1959 Louisville Kentucky

University of Miami College of Law, Juris Doctor, May 1995

Florida International University, FL, Bachelor of Science, Computer Science, April 1984

Miami Dade Community College (Correctional Officer Training) 1982

Eastern Kentucky University (1978 – 1980)

University of Louisville (visiting student summer 1979)

PROFESSIONAL

List in reverse chronological order your work history over the past 15 years.

I have a solo private law practice in Fort Lauderdale FL. As an attorney, I have handled civil litigation in county court, criminal circuit court, civil circuit court, federal civil court representing clients in a variety of legal matters encompassing family law , civil litigation, personal injury law, commercial litigation, landlord/tenant and general civil disputes from 1995 to present

As a lawyer, judge or both, describe the types of cases you have typically handled?

I have participated in jury verdict cases in Criminal Circuit Court, Civil Circuit Court, Civil County Court, and Federal Civil Court, as well as trials in Family Law Court. I have also presented arguments before the Court of Appeals for the 3rd and 4th Districts. In addition to this litigation, I have represented clients in various other civil and administrative matters. The majority of my practice has been civilian.

If you are a lawyer, how many cases have you tried in the last five years? Of these cases, how many were tried before juries and how many were tried before a judge?

Approximately 15 including 2 jury trials

If you are a judge, how many jury trials have you presided over that resulted in verdicts and judgments?

N / A

Have you been party to any lawsuit, including bankruptcy or foreclosure? If yes, provide details, including case style, jurisdiction and nature of decision.

Yes, I had a civil dispute with Chase Bank, resolved by agreement.

Have you been charged with or found guilty of a crime or misdemeanor, including convictions withheld? If yes, list the charges, dates of conviction and terms of sentence.

Nope

Have you ever been disciplined by the Florida Supreme Court on a recommendation from the Florida Bar, or have you ever been investigated by the Judicial Qualifications Commission? If yes, provide details.

Nope

List three cases in which you were lead or co-counsel and why they are important.

It is difficult for me to answer this question, because in my years of practice, I have represented many people with important issues close to their hearts. These included concerns about the safety of their children, access to their children, recovery of damages suffered by them and dealing with financial hardship, etc. Deep down inside, I like helping people and all the cases where I was able to help seem to me to be of great importance.

List current and past memberships in civic, fraternal, legal, or social organizations.

Broward County Trial Lawyers Association (BCTLA)

Broward County Bar Association

Florida Bar Association and other legal associations

If you are or have been an officer or director or engaged in the management of a commercial enterprise other than a law firm, state its name and business activity, your duties and whether you intend to resign at the time of the election.

N / A

PUBLIC SERVICE

Why are you running for this office?

I seek to offer my experience, hard work and dedication to serve the people of Broward County. With my diverse background, I have the ability and confidence to handle all types of cases that may come before me. My management skills and my experience will allow me to effectively manage a file. I have experienced the workings of courtrooms by various judges, from the county court to the federal system. My computer knowledge and involvement with courtroom technologies will only enhance my effectiveness in running a courtroom. These efficiencies and experiences will allow me to provide quick and fair access to the courts.

If you chose to run for judicial office against an incumbent, state why you chose to do so.

N / A

If you have applied for appointment as a judge through a judicial nominating commission, provide details, including year(s) and results.

N / A

Why should voters elect you over your opponents?

Voters should choose me because of my experience, hard work, integrity, and respect for all people in Broward County. I will embody what the function of a judge should be, which I have been able to observe during my experience in litigation. I always listen to everything everyone has to say before I respond. This simple habit has served me well and will be invaluable on the bench as I avoid bias. It is ingrained in me to treat everyone inside and outside the courtroom with dignity and respect. I like to explain complex topics in a way that can be understood by most. I have a very diverse legal background which gives me the experience to run a courtroom efficiently and fairly.

Doing the right thing has never been difficult for me. My proven track record, service and integrity will serve me well in my duties as a judge in Broward County. I am committed to providing the people of Broward County with the kind of judge we need and deserve. I have the temperament to react to any situation with reason, integrity and fairness. My computer training and my time as a correctional officer for the Dade County Department of Corrections only enhances my ability to serve the people of Broward County in what will continue to be a rapid implementation of equity and technology in the courtroom. I am confident Broward County voters will agree that I am the right judge for the job because of my dedication and commitment to improving our community.

In your life experience, what best qualifies you to serve as a judge?

All of my life experiences, both personal and professional, legal and business, are my basis for being a judge of which the community will be proud. I have experience in a wide range of legal areas and in a wide range of legal proceedings, from county court to federal court. First and foremost I am respectful, dedicated, loyal to the law and committed to justice for the people of Broward County. My decision-making is reasoned, decisive and fair.

I have conducted trials to jury verdict in the criminal circuit, civil county, civil circuit and federal civil. In addition to my litigation experience, I have negotiated civil contracts, family law settlement agreements, and personal injury and civil litigation settlements. I have pleaded various motions as part of my practice in civil law and family law. In the practice of law, I have developed the skills and temperament necessary to deal with difficult parties, difficult clients and difficult lawyers, in a way that maintains the dignity of the practice of law without compromising the interest of my client.

I have been married to my wife, Mindy Brown, for 37 years. I have been a resident of Broward County for 34 years; Mindy and I raised our three children in Broward County. All attended public schools. Our youngest child, who died at the age of 33 in 2017, suffered from a serious illness and received special education services. This life experience taught me the value of every human life and the struggle that exists to navigate the healthcare industry and the education system. This experience has also helped me develop the ability and perseverance to overcome the obstacles that every person and family faces from time to time.

I was raised by my mother and stepfather, and they instilled in me the importance of good character and honesty. I started working when I was 14 and have always understood the value of hard work. My experiences, personal and professional, are what give me the empathy to be the kind of judge the people of Broward County will be proud of.

What are the top three challenges facing the justice system in Broward County, Florida, or the United States?

Maintain public confidence in justice. The ability of the system to provide all parties with a fair opportunity to be heard without undue delay. The escalation of legal costs for the parties and the system.

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