Gary Brown is a partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s Nashville office where he practices in the areas of securities compliance and corporate governance. Prior to joining Nelson Mullins, he served for more than six years as the chief executive officer of a Florida-based financial services company that specialized in the life insurance settlement industry.
In more than 30 years of practice, Gary has advised a wide variety of public companies in the areas of corporate governance, securities compliance, and mergers and acquisition.
From his office in Nashville, he has been at the center of significant national transactions and events, including U.S Senate investigations into the 2002 collapse of Enron Corp. and the role of investment banks in the 2008 financial crisis as well as the resulting legislation – the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
He has regularly represented boards of directors and special committees of boards in matters involving SEC and Department of Justice investigations, activist shareholders, and strategic decisions.
Gary is a frequent lecturer at national CLE programs, primarily for the Practising Law Institute, on securities regulation and corporate governance. In addition to his legal practice, Gary is an adjunct faculty member at the Vanderbilt Law School where he teaches courses on corporate law and securities regulation.
- Vanderbilt University Law School, JD (1980)
- Vanderbilt University, BA, Economics (1977)
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- Maintains an active regulatory practice, advising companies in need of an independent review of regulatory policies and procedures
- Provides guidance on corporate governance and corporate legal compliance
- Representation of special committees of boards of directors of public companies in going private, internal investigation, and derivative litigation matters
- Representation of public companies in complex corporate reorganization matters
Previous Professional Experience:
- General Counsel, Ethics and Compliance Officer Association (at the time the world’s largest group of ethics and compliance professionals) (2006 – 2011)
- Special Counsel (Minority) to the United States Senate’s Governmental Affairs Committee in its investigation of the collapse of Enron Corp. (2002)
- Retained by United States Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations to assist in its investigation of Goldman Sachs during PSI’s overall investigation, “Wall Street and the Financial Crisis,” and related televised hearings (2010)
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