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   3Donald J. Brown Jr.Chicago(312) 422-0903donald.brown@dbmslaw.comdonald.brown@dbmslaw.comDonohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth LLCwww.dbmslaw.comwww.dbmslaw.combrowndonald.jpgMedical Malpractice Defense LawProducts Liability Defense LawProfessional Malpractice Defense Law: Including Legal/Technical/Financial
Donald J. Brown Jr.donald.brown@dbmslaw.com
Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth LLChttp://www.dbmslaw.com
140 S Dearborn St Ste 800
Chicago IL 60603
Ph.(312) 422-0903 Fx.(312) 422-0909Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
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Recommended by peers in:
Medical Malpractice Defense Law
Products Liability Defense Law
Professional Malpractice Defense Law: Including Legal/Technical/Financial
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Mr. Brown specializes in the defense of professional negligence and general liability cases. He is an experienced trial attorney in both federal and state courts and has tried a significant number of cases to verdict in over 35 years of litigation practice.

Well respected by his peers, he was selected as one of the top 20 Chicago tort defense lawyers by Chicago Lawyer. He has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been elected as a member of the Society of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates.

His legal career experience has spanned a broad spectrum of litigation. His practice evolved from prosecuting street crimes to defending white collar criminal cases and continued to the civil arena. He has defended product liability clients, including medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, and other product manufacturers. He now concentrates his practice on the defense of legal and medical professionals, as well as other defendants in catastrophic injury cases.

He has been named a Leading Lawyer in the areas of Professional Malpractice Defense Law: Including Legal/Technical/Financial and Medical Malpractice Defense Law. The list of Leading Lawyers is the result of thousands of contacts with Illinois lawyers asking them which of their peers they believe comprise the top lawyers. Only those lawyers who are most often recommended qualify as Leading Lawyers. In 2005 and 2006, he was also named one of the top 100 Super Lawyers in Illinois in the area of Civil Litigation Defense. Super Lawyers are the top 5 percent of attorneys in each state, as chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics.

He joined the firm as a founding partner in 1995. Previously, he was a partner at Baker & McKenzie where he practiced for 20 years. Prior to working in private practice, Mr. Brown served several years as a criminal prosecutor in the Cook County State's Attorney Office. He received his undergraduate degree from John Carroll University in 1970 and his law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1973, when he was admitted to practice in Illinois.


Date of Birth:  1948

Law School:  Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1973

Undergraduate School:  John Carroll University, B.A., 1970


Employment History:  
  • Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth LLC, 1995-present, founding partner
  • Baker & McKenzie, 1975-1995, partner
  • Cook County State's Attorney Office, 1973-1975, criminal prosecutor


Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
  • Society of Trial Lawyers
  • American Board of Trial Advocates


Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
  • Chicago Lawyer Magazine, "Top 20 Chicago Tort Defense Lawyers"
  • Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Illinois Top 100 Super Lawyers, Civil Litigation Defense, 2005-2006
  • Leading Lawyers Member selected by peers in Medical Malpractice Defense Law, Products Liability Defense Law, and Professional Malpractice Defense Law: Including Legal/Technical/Financial


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