Ernest C. Brown

Smith Currie & Hancock LLP
San Francisco, CA

Ernest C. Brown, ESQ, PE is a highly accomplished trial lawyer and project counsel. He has advised more than $10 billion in US and International Construction Projects. He has also been chief trial counsel in global construction disputes such as the Central Arizona Project Pipeline failure ($146 million, Defense Verdict) and the June 9, 1985 Southern California Edison Powerplant Disaster ($250 million in property damage and six deaths; minimal settlement for his client).


As a mediator, arbitrator and litigator, he has resolved more than 2,500 construction disputes in state and federal court, including jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations, DRB's and other ADR solutions.


He is a graduate of MIT in Civil & Environmental Engineering. While working as a project engineer and superintendent, he completed an MSCE in Project Management and JD (Law) from the University of California, Berkeley. He also did coursework at Harvard Law School in International Law and the Law of the Sea. He is a registered Professional Engineer and member of the State Bar of California.


His practice emphasizes engineering and construction megaprojects (over $500 million) and related complex disputes. He has resolved major contract disputes, construction disasters and related litigation on airports, bridges, highways, high rise office buildings, refineries, pipelines, storage tanks, water and wastewater treatment plants, and a myriad of other projects.


Ernest also serves the construction industry and public sector as a Mediator, Arbitrator and Special Master for the American Arbitration Association. He has mediated more than 600 construction cases and serves as AAA Panel Chairman on cases ranging up to $100 Million.



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