Harvey Brown serves as Of Counsel for The Lanier Law Firm out of the Houston office. Judge Brown joined The Lanier Law Firm in 2019 following distinguished service as a District Judge in Harris County and as a Justice on the First Court of Appeals for the State of Texas. While on the appellate court, Judge Brown also served on the Texas state multidistrict litigation panel.
Judge Brown served on the First Court of Appeals bench from 2010-2018. During his tenure, he was named Appellate Judge of the Year by the Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists and Mentor of the Year by the Houston Young Lawyers Association and the Texas Young Lawyers Association. He authored more than1,000 opinions on the court.
Judge Brown previously presided over the 152nd District Court in Harris County for more than six years, heard more than 150 jury trials and 200 bench trials, and served as the chair of a panel that administered the diet drug product liability litigation in Harris County.
Before his judicial service he was in private practice for more than 20 years, handling both trials and appeals. He was also appointed as a special master in a case and also frequently retained as an arbitrator and mediator.
Judge Brown is board certified in Personal Injury Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is a member of the American Law Institute, the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee, the Texas State Bar College, the Texas Center for Legal Ethics, the Garland Walker American Inn of Court, and the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists. Judge Brown is also a life member of the Texas Bar Foundation and the Houston Bar Foundation.
A native Texan, Judge Brown attended high school in Houston and received his undergraduate degree from The University of Texas, graduating with high honors and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Judge Brown earned his law degree from The University of Texas, with honors, and was a member of the Texas Law Review and the Order of Coif. He is also an award-winning author, having authored six law review articles.