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Alexander T. Brown, 37

Alexander T. BrownPartner, Lathrop GPM

Location: Kansas City

Practice Areas: Civil rights, insurance

Law School: University of Michigan

Alexander Brown’s favorite moment as an attorney was securing an important victory for the families of three men who were wrongfully convicted of rape and murder in Mississippi.

From 2013 to 2019, Brown fought for compensation for the families of the three men, who collectively served 83 years in prison before their exonerations and died of injuries sustained in prison. He helped to secure a $20.5 million insurer-funded settlement for the families.

In May 2019, he obtained a groundbreaking ruling upholding the settlement in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, ultimately holding multiple insurers liable for his clients’ injuries while imprisoned.

“I know financial compensation does not begin to replace the losses the families of those three men suffered, but to know I was able to help bring some justice (or retribution) to them, and to open the door for others across the country in similar situations, makes all the work worthwhile,” he said.

What is the best career advice you have received?

When you get an answer from a witness that’s “close enough” to what you need to hear, stop pushing that line of questioning and move on.

What is something that would surprise people about you?

Prior to going to law school and deciding to be a lawyer, I trained to be an outdoor wilderness guide.

Anything else you want people to know about you?

I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to work alongside innocence organizations (such as the Midwest Innocence Project) to help wrongfully convicted clients secure compensation for what often amounts to decades of life lost in prison. I believe innocence work is some of the toughest but most important and rewarding work that an attorney can do.