Phillip Brown

Phillip Brown is an associate in Constantine Cannon’s New York office. He represents whistleblowers under the federal False Claims Act, equivalent state acts, and the whistleblower programs of the Internal Revenue Service and Securities and Exchange Commission.

Mr. Brown has contributed to whistleblower-initiated matters that have resulted in total government recoveries of over $365 million. He currently represents whistleblowers in sealed cases concerning the health care, defense contracting, highway safety, pharmaceutical, and banking industries. He has significant experience with Dodd-Frank, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and Medicare reimbursement guidelines. As part of Mr. Brown’s practice, he frequently counsels and assists clients with the procurement of litigation financing.

In addition to his representation of whistleblowers, Mr. Brown conducts internal investigations and makes accompanying policy recommendations on behalf of corporate clients. He also maintains a robust pro bono practice, with a focus on the representation of asylum seekers and pro se litigants.

Mr. Brown frequently writes and speaks on legal issues, and has been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, Law360, MarketWatch, Deadspin, and various trade publications.

Prior to joining Constantine Cannon, Mr. Brown was an appointee of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, where he focused on strategic policy initiatives, investment compliance, and catastrophe reinsurance. During Mr. Brown’s time in public service, he partnered with another executive to create a compliance department for an investment portfolio with over $14 billion in assets under management. He also led a team of underwriters analyzing the financial prudence of a $20 million catastrophic risk reinsurance transaction and oversaw the roll-out of a Lean Six Sigma program across 12 New York offices.

Mr. Brown received his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was a Carroll and Milton Petrie Scholar and received the Pro Bono Service Award. At NYU, he educated prisoners on their constitutional rights, volunteered as a high school mock trial instructor, and was a co-chair of the law school’s annual public service auction. During law school, Mr. Brown served in the Public Corruption Bureau of the Boston United States Attorney’s Office, where he assisted the James “Whitey” Bulger trial team.

Prior to law school, Mr. Brown graduated cum laude from Creighton University with a degree in Finance and Social Entrepreneurship. While at Creighton, he was an Ethics and Social Responsibility Scholar, led several student groups focused on human rights issues, and was recognized at graduation for being one of three seniors to be named to the Dean’s Honor Roll for Social Responsibility in eight consecutive semesters.

Mr. Brown is admitted to practice in the State of New York; the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York; and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He is an active member of the Federal Bar Council and a Taxpayers Against Fraud member.

Phillip Brown's Publications & Speeches

Loose Lips Save Ships

The Maritime Executive (March 6, 2018).  Click here to read the article.

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New FBI Whistleblower Protections Could Not Have Come At A Better Time

Forbes publishes article by Partner Gordon Schnell and associate Phillip Brown.  (June 13, 2017)

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The Making of a Whistleblower: How to Provide the Right Incentives to Report Fraud Internally and What Happens When You Fail

Presentation, Clear Law Institute (November 17, 2016). Click here for more.

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Trump University: A Foreboding

US News and World Report, (April 28, 2016) Click here to read the article.

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