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Stephen D. Brown focuses his practice on internal investigations and complex criminal and civil cases relating to fraud, RICO, antitrust, and legal malpractice issues. He also has extensive experience in handling criminal and civil trials as well as federal grand jury matters. He has written, taught, and lectured extensively on corporate crisis management, civil RICO, prisoner civil rights, and deposition skills.

Mr. Brown is the former chair of the white collar litigation practice. Since 2004, Mr. Brown has been recognized as a leading lawyer for antitrust and white collar crime litigation and investigations in Chambers USA, a referral guide to leading lawyers in the United States based on the opinions of their peers and clients. In its 2011 edition, Chambers noted that Mr. Brown is “a fabulous attorney and a pleasure to work with” and approaches problems “with a great combination of judgment and skill.” He has also been listed in The Legal 500, which noted in its 2009 edition that he is “very adept in orchestrating complex discovery while remaining results-driven and responsive to the need for cost controls.” Since 2006, Mr. Brown has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for his work in antitrust law and white collar criminal defense. In addition, he has been recognized by Corporate Counsel as among the “Best Lawyers in Criminal Defense.” He also served as co-editor of the American Bar Association Antitrust Section’s Criminal Antitrust Litigation Handbook (2nd edition).

Significant Representations

  • Defending Fortune 500 companies in multi-district class actions alleging price-fixing, including the Steel, Linerboard, Graphite Electrodes, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Automotive Refinish Paint and Plastic Cutlery cases.
  • Assisting in the trial of United States v. Ray Hill (E.D. Pa), resulting in the acquittal of an individual defendant of mail fraud charges. 
  • Assisting in the trial of United States v. Karchmer (W.D. Mo.), resulting in the acquittal of a corporate defendant in one of the few cases tried under the criminal provisions of RCRA. 
  • Trying King v. Popson, et al. (E.D. Pa.), resulting in the largest verdict ever for a prisoner plaintiff in a civil rights case in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
  • Handling the grand jury investigation and plea of a defendant in a price-fixing investigation into the catfish processing industry as well as in civil cases and class action settlements (E.D. Pa. and Mississippi).
  • Defending grand jury investigations into alleged antitrust offenses in the plastic additives industry (N.D. Calif.), the roofing industry (E.D. Pa.), regarding various products in the chemical industry (E.D. Pa.), and in the submission of bids to the Veterans Administration for healthcare contracts (D. Ill.), all of which resulted in declination.
  • Defending grand jury investigations in a variety of other industries, including falsification of data and fraudulent reporting at a wastewater treatment plant (D. Ky.), Customs violations regarding the importation and marking of chemicals (E.D. Pa.); and environmental violations in the waste-to-energy industry (D. Mass.).


Williams College, B.A., 1971
Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1976, Editor-in-chief of the Villanova University Law Review, Order of the Coif

Court Admissions

United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Bar Admissions/Qualifications



Honorable Daniel H. Huyett III, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania


Co-Chair, Prisoner Civil Rights Panel for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Former Vice-Chair, ABA Section of Antitrust Law Criminal Practice and Procedure Subcommittee
Former Dechert Associate Development Partner (1999-2003)
Member, Executive Committee of the Alumni Society of Williams College
Vice-President, Williams College Class of 1971
Counselor, J. Williard O’Brien Villanova Inn of Court