Our 2014 Commencement Speaker – Attorney Paulette Brown

Posted on Friday, March 21, 2014

Paulette Brown

Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP


Paulette is a member of Edwards Wildman’s Labor & Employment Practice Group and the Firm’s Chief Diversity Officer. Throughout her career of more than 35 years, she has held a number of positions, including in-house counsel to a number of Fortune 500 companies and as a Municipal Court Judge. For the past 25 years, Paulette has engaged in the private practice of law, focusing on all facets of labor and employment and commercial litigation. She has successfully defended employers in cases involving discrimination on the basis of age, sex, marital status, sexual harassment, disability, race and national origin. Paulette has received successful results in class action employment discrimination cases based upon race and wage and hour claims. She is also experienced in all aspects of workplace training and collective bargaining.

Paulette litigates in both federal and state courts, as well as arbitration forums for both unionized and non-union employees. She is a certified mediator for the United States District Court, District of New Jersey and a member of the Employment AAA Panel. Paulette is a frequent lecturer on labor and employment issues and issues related to electronic discovery and serves as Treasurer and 2nd Vice Chair of the Labor and Employment Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. She is also a former Master of the C. Willard Heckel Inn of Court. Additionally, Paulette has been recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of the prominent women and minority attorneys in the State of New Jersey and by the National Law Journal as one of “The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America.” She has been listed as a NJ Super Lawyer since its inception and for the past three years as one of the top 50 women lawyers and one of the top 100 lawyers. Ms. Brown has also repeatedly been named by US News as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of Commercial Litigation. Paulette also received DRI’s 2010 Sheryl J. Willert Pioneer Diversity Award. In 2011, she received the NJ State Bar Association’s Excellence in Diversity Award and was honored with The Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award by the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession. In 2014, Paulette was honored by the Rutgers Law-Camden Black Law Students Association for exemplifying the values advocated by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Obtained recent summary judgments in ADA matters in both Federal and State Court.
  • In an arbitration concerning the termination of a union employee for a major manufacturer, obtained a favorable ruling sustaining the termination.
  • In an unfair labor practices matter concerning union organizing before the NLRB, obtained a favorable settlement on behalf of a major service provider.
  • In an airport taxing matter, successfully obtained a TRO and preliminary injunction against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on behalf of a rental car company.
  • In a class action employment matter filed by the EEOC, reached a nominal settlement on behalf of employer for all class members.
  • In a class action employment matter, Paulette, along with other team members successfully persuaded plaintiffs to amend their complaint to remove all class allegations.
  • In a tortious interference matter against a large manufacturer of medical equipment, achieved summary judgment as to all claims asserted against it.
  • In consolidated sexual harassment cases, achieved summary judgment in favor of employer with respect to all plaintiffs, despite alleged inappropriate comments such as references to attendance at “nude” beaches and comments related to plaintiffs’ physical attributes.

Besides Edwards Wildman

Paulette is the former President of the YWCA of Central New Jersey, which in the Fall of 2006, opened a twenty-four hour-a-day, seven day-a-week early childhood learning center. The YWCA also completed the restoration of its historical theater in the Spring of 2006. One of Paulette’s proudest moments was when she led a delegation to monitor the first free and democratic elections in South Africa.

As a result of her charitable efforts and work with various bar associations, Paulette has received numerous awards, including the Medal of Honor Award from the New Jersey Bar Foundation, the Equal Justice Award from the National Bar Association, the Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association, the Award of Excellence from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the Gertrude Rush Award from the National Bar Association. She has also received the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism.