Michael L. Brown
Michael Brown was born in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina in 1958 and grew up in Columbia, South Carolina. He has spent his professional career living and working in the York County area.
He graduated from Presbyterian College in 1980 with a Bachelor’s Degree in history. He then received his law degree from the University of South Carolina in 1983.
From 1980 to 1992, Mr. Brown served in the South Carolina National Guard. During that time, he commanded the 218th signal attachment, served as Aide de Camp to both Brigadier General John M. Hilliard and Brigadier General Addison, and commanded B Company of the 151 Signal Battalion. He also served as a Communications and Electronics Officer for the 3rd/178th Field artillery battalion stationed in Lancaster, South Carolina.
This service to our country only complements Mr. Brown’s distinguished legal career. He began practicing law at the Law Offices of Melvin Roberts in October 1983. After going to work at the Law Office of Samuel B. Fewell, Jr. in 1984, he was made partner in 1988. The firm then became known as Fewell, Brown and Godbold. In 1991, Mr. Brown authored the custody law section of divorce in South Carolina Jurisprudence. In that same year, he established the firm of Gatlin, Brown and Godbold. Then in 1993, Mr. Brown established the Law Offices of Michael L. Brown, Jr.
In his 34 years of practice, Mr. Brown has dedicated a substantial portion of his practice to defending the rights of individuals accused of crimes in the York County area, including several murder cases, high profile cases, and thousands of DUI cases. He has litigated and won cases at each court level in South Carolina and the United States with the exception of the United States Supreme Court. He has successfully won in municipal court, magistrate court, General Sessions, the Court of Common Pleas, South Carolina Administrative Law Court, the South Carolina Appellate Court, the South Carolina Supreme Court, federal district court, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
In addition, Mr. Brown has successfully defended three death penalty cases and served as the post-conviction relief attorney on another. In the three cases that Mr. Brown defended at the trial level, he kept his clients off death row. In the Wardell Patterson case, Mr. Brown was associated with David Brooks, a world-renowned death penalty lawyer.