Mr. Brownlee’s practice embraces complex litigation in a wide variety of substantive areas of the law. In particular, Mr. Brownlee has extensive experience representing corporations and/or their directors and officers, major public accounting firms and underwriters in litigation involving the securities laws; shareholder class, derivative and appraisal claims; claims of professional and fiduciary liability; RICO claims; and corporate control contests and going-private situations. Mr. Brownlee has represented major law firms in defending claims against them and in seeking insurance coverage for such claims. Mr. Brownlee has also litigated significant matters relating to the utility industry.
Mr. Brownlee has represented corporations, Board committees and/or corporate directors and officers in connection with special investigations involving alleged securities law violations; political contributions and questionable payments; defense contracting issues; and claims of corporate waste and shareholder demands for actions against third parties including lawyers and accountants. He has counseled corporations on the creation of corporate compliance programs and corporate codes of conduct and on issues relating to corporate governance, SOX compliance and directors’ fiduciary duties.