Michael D. Brown

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Michael D. Brown is a founding partner of Ohrenstein & Brown, LLP, whose practice areas span the litigation and the corporate and insurance regulatory arenas. An accomplished litigator and counselor, Mike has been recognized as a New York Metropolitan area “Super Lawyer.” Mike began his career at Weil, Gotshal & Manges and then became a senior trial attorney and Deputy Bureau Chief in the Office of the Special State Prosecutor for Corruption in the Criminal Justice System. A frequent lecturer for many organizations, Mike has spoken on a variety of topics including litigation management techniques, insurance coverage issues, the defense of a variety of professional liability and Directors & Officers claims, various evidentiary issues, the attorney-client privilege, the regulatory aspects of self-insurance and captive insurance programs, the federal Risk Retention Act, and the prospects for federal regulation of the insurance industry.

Mike has frequently been called upon to litigate significant and unusual cases in many states throughout the country. Mike represented a large satellite operator in a “life insurance” claim when several satellites suffered “shortened lives” due to manufacturing and design defects. When an insurer and one of the nation’s largest banks had a dispute over the meaning of a unique insurance policy involving hundreds of millions of dollars, Mike was asked to defend the insurer in North Carolina. Mike has also represented major hospitals in disputes with HMOs and is also an experienced commercial and employment practice litigator.

Similarly, Mike frequently represents insurers, brokers, and insureds in developing structures for insurance programs and in dealing with the regulatory aspects of those programs. Mike regularly represents clients with matters before the New York Department of Insurance, and is counsel to a number of national insurance programs.

Mike has served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Insurance Demutualization of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and on the boards of directors of several publicly owned companies.

Mike earned his Bachelor’s degree at Beloit College and his law degree at New York University School of Law.


  • U.S. News & World Report has named Ohrenstein & Brown, LLP as one of New York’s “Best Law Firms”
  • U.S. News & World Report singled out Ohrenstein & Brown, LLP’s insurance practice as the ONLY Tier 1 insurance practice on Long Island
  • Ohrenstein & Brown, LLP obtained a declaratory judgment from the District Court in Montana that a “protected cell” of a captive insurer is not a distinct “legal entity,” having significance for the broad protected cell captive markets`
  • Ohrenstein & Brown, LLP represents a major hospital in RICO litigation