William H. Brown, III

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Attorney Awards


William Brown is the former Chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He also served as Chief of the Fraud Unit and Deputy District Attorney in Philadelphia. He is nationally known in the field of employment discrimination. He served as a mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association; and as Judge Pro Tem of the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia. He chaired the Philadelphia Special Investigation Commission investigating the MOVE tragedy in 1985. Mr. Brown has practiced for over 55 years and served on the firm’s Executive Committee from 1983-1987.

Other Distinctions

•Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Employment Law - Individuals, 2001-2018
•Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, 2018
•The American Association for Affirmative Action’s Arthur A. Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award, 2011
•Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Champions of Equal Employment Opportunity Award, 2010
•Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Lifetime Achievement Award, 2004
•Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Spirit of Partnership Award, 2003
•Honorary Member of the UPS Corporate Legal Department, 2003
•Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP’s Earl G. Harrison Pro Bono Award, 1998
•University of Pennsylvania Law School Alumni of Merit Award, 1999
•Induction into the National Bar Association Hall of Fame, 1999
•Fidelity Award, 1998
•The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Champions for Social Justice and Equality” Award, presented by the Black Law Students Association of Rutgers University, Camden, 1997
•The Whitney North Seymour Award of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 1996
•The Urban League of Philadelphia Whitney M. Young, Jr. Leadership Award, 1996
•American Heart Association Dr. Edward S. Cooper Award, 1995
•NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund William H. Hastie Award, 1992
•Tuskegee Airmen Award, 1991
•Philadelphia Bar Association’s Fidelity Award, 1990
•Induction into Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, Inc. Hall of Fame, 1988
•Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, Inc. J. Austin Norris Award, 1987
•Recipient of NAACP Award, 1971
•Award of Recognition Alpha Phi Alpha, 1969
•Federal Bar Association, Columbus Chapter, Award of Merit
•Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who Among African Americans, Who’s Who in the World
•Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, National Law Journal’s Who’s Who of Employment/Labor Lawyers
•Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell

News & Publications

•40 Schnader Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2018
•Thirty-Seven Schnader Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2017
•Thirty-Three Schnader Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2016
•William Brown and Robert Cindrich Recipients of The Legal Intelligencer’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Awards
•Thirty-Two Schnader Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2015
•Thirty-One Schnader Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2014
•UPS Chief Legal and Compliance Officer Credits Mentor William H. Brown, III
•Thirty-Three Schnader Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2013
•Sixty-Eight Schnader Attorneys Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
•Thirty Schnader Attorneys Recognized as “The Best Lawyers in America” for 2012
•William H. Brown, III Honored with the American Association for Affirmative Action’s Arthur A. Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award
•William H. Brown, III Receives the A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Minority Bar Committee
•William H. Brown, III Appointed to the City of Philadelphia Board of Ethics
•William H. Brown Honored as a “Champion of Equal Opportunity”
•Thirty-Two Schnader Attorneys Recognized as “Best Lawyers in America” for 2011
•Dandridge Comments on His Participation in Diversity Symposium
•Four from Schnader Are Fellows of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers
•Twenty-Eight from Schnader in Best Lawyers in America 2009
•Schnader Attorneys Contribute to The Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Breakfast
•Many Schnader Attorneys are 2007 Super Lawyers, 2008 Best Lawyers
•Twenty-Four from Schnader in Best Lawyers in America 2008
•Twenty from Schnader in Best Lawyers in America 2007
•Brown Discusses Civil Rights Era
•Several Schnader Lawyers Noted as Best in America
•Schnader Appeals: Schnader Secures Victory for UPS in Nationwide Employment Discrimination Class Action

Related Events

•William H. Brown III Spoke at the National Conference on on Equal Employment Opportunity Law
•Symposium and Reception: “Creating Access: The Norris Law Firm and the Liacouras Committee”
•Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Memorial Breakfast Hosted by the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia
•Mid-Atlantic Black Law Students Convocation
•Mid-Atlantic Region Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Labor and Employment Practices
  • Litigation Services

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
215-751-2434  Phone
University Attended:
Temple University, B.S., 1952
Law School Attended:
University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1955
Year of First Admission:
Federal Bar Association; Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth and Tenth Circuits; Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; Superior Court of Pennsylvania; 1955, Pennsylvania; 1972, District of Columbia; U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations

•American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
•Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights,Board of Directors/Co-Chair, 1991-1993
•Judge Pro Tem of the Court of Common Pleas,1995-Present
•United Parcel Service, Board of Directors, 1983-2003
•National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Faculty Member
•International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Member
•National Bar Association, Life Member
•American Law Institute, Life fellow
•NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Member
•Philadelphia Board of Ethics, Member
•Other cultural, social and nonprofit organizations

Birth Information:
Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: Employment Practice Group: Forty-five years of government service and private practice experience in the field of equal employment law.; Employment Discrimination: Lectured and written extensively. Faculty member of National Institute of Trial Advocacy; .Participated on the faculty for EEOC trial advocacy training program.

Peer Reviews

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