Each month, we like to feature one of our attorneys to help you get to know our team better. We sat down with one of our Houston attorneys, Alex Brown, to talk about his background in the legal field and what he is currently working on.
What led you to a legal career?
My father is a retired forensic psychologist who testified in court a lot. As a kid, I’d go watch him testify. I was mesmerized by the lawyers’ dueling examinations.
What has been your most interesting or memorable case and why?
I was part of a team that successfully tried an arbitration against the federal government of Nigeria and cross-examined the Nigerian attorney general, who wasn’t pleased about being there. The case later settled after I located a billion-dollar bank account used to clear oil and gas transactions for the Nigerian government. I froze the account by personally delivering a garnishment writ to the bank in downtown Houston.
What litigation are you currently working on?
Our business litigation docket is diverse. We represent companies in a variety of complex business disputes — often “bet the company” cases. We have quite a few currently, including a number of qui tam [whistleblower] cases, a business tort case, environmental contamination cases on behalf of a state attorney general, as well as class-action cases on behalf of property owners in several other states. We spend a lot of time looking at ongoing complex business litigation across the country that other law firms have asked us to joint venture with them to get the cases trial ready. I’m proud that we also have a couple of active pro bono cases.
What are one or two things about you that most people don’t know?
I’m pretty darn good at cooking barbecue.