Marcus T. Brown
Direct: (925) 482-8950 ext. 1
Marcus Brown represents and advises real estate investors, lenders, property managers, commercial tenants, brokers, contractors, and homeowners in litigation, dispute resolution, and transactions. He combines extensive litigation experience with a deep understanding of real estate financing, buy-sell, and leasing transactions to provide full service for his real estate focused clients.
Marcus began his career as a solo/small firm attorney focusing on real estate and commercial matters, representing property investors, a variety of small businesses, homeowners associations, insurance companies, and individuals. He then moved to the Mortgage
Banking practice group at Irvine-based Wolfe & Wyman LLP, where
he represented national banks, lenders, and loan servicers in consumer and real estate litigation. Marcus founded his office in Walnut Creek in 2015.
Marcus is a native of Junction City, Oregon, a small farming and factory town north of Eugene. He went to Nashville after high school to pursue a career in music and attended Middle Tennessee State University (B.S., cum laude), where he discovered an aptitude and interest for law. Marcus returned to the Pacific Northwest for law school, receiving the Presidential Scholarship to attend Seattle University School of Law (J.D., cum laude). After practicing in Seattle for a time, he settled his family and practice in the Bay Area. In his spare time, Marcus enjoys fitness, playing and writing music, and raising his kids with his college sweetheart.
Law Office of Marcus T. Brown, 2015 – Present
Wolfe & Wyman LLP, 2009 – 2015
Plastiras & Terrizzi, 2007 – 2009
Solo practice (Seattle), 2005 – 2007
Federal Trade Commission, 2004 – 2005
Seattle University School of Law, Presidential Scholar, J.D., cum laude, 2005
Middle Tennessee State University, B.S., cum laude, 2002
Washington State Bar Association
State Bar of California
U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of California, Eastern District of California, Central District of California, and Western District of Washington
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Northern California Rising Star (Super Lawyers, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
AV Preeminent (Martindale-Hubbell), 2011 – Present
Superb Rating (Avvo, 2015 - Present)
Award of Distinction for Public Service, Access to Justice Institute, Seattle University, 2005
Professional and Community Involvement
Membership and Education Committees, Contra Costa County Bar Association, 2018 - Present
Editorial Board, Contra Costa County Bar Association, 2016 - Present
President, Real Estate Section, Contra Costa County Bar Association, 2018
Board of Directors, Real Estate Section, Contra Costa County Bar Association, 2014 - 2018
Mentor, Seattle University School of Law, 2011 - 2018
Member, Contra Costa County Bar Association, 2011 - Present
Speaking and Publications
Co-presenter, "Real Estate Litigation 101," Contra Costa County Bar Association, Eastern Alameda County Bar Association, 2016, 2017, 2018.
Author, "High Demand, Low Supply, and Technology Converge on Local Real Estate," Contra Costa Lawyer, March 2017.
Author, "NFL Police Reports," Contra Costa Lawyer, August 2016.
Presenter, "The First Two Years of the Homeowner Bill of Rights," Contra Costa County Bar Association Bankruptcy Section, 2015.
Co-presenter, "The Intersection Between Deeds of Trust and Articles 3 and 9 of the Commercial Code," Contra Costa County Bar Association Real Estate Section, Walnut Creek, California, 2013.
Co-presenter, In-Depth Title Insurance Principles, National Business Institute, San Francisco, 2012
Co-author, "Dodd-Frank Changes QWR Response Deadlines & Liability," California Mortgage Bankers Association Legal News, April 2, 2012
Co-presenter, Collections: Seeking and Collecting a Judgment, National Business Institute, San Francisco, 2011
Lecturer, Business Law and Intro to Law, Seattle Community Colleges, 2006 – 2009