James Brown

Adjunct Professor


Phillips Krause & Brown
101 E. Market St. Suite 525
Aberdeen, WA 98520
Phone: (360) 532.8380
E-mail: jbrown@pkblaw.com


B.A., University of Washington, 1972
J.D., Western State University College of Law, 1978; Western State University Law Review, Member of Editorial Board - 1977 and 1978; Authored Living Separate and Apart-Effects and Implications of the Baragry Decision – 1978
WSTLA Trial News November 2004; Return to Oz: Civil Trial Practice in Grays Harbor County
Admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in California and Washington


Professor Brown is the managing partner at Phillips, Krause & Brown. His practice emphasizes Elder Law which includes estate planning, Medicaid planning and qualification, preparation of wills, trusts (including special needs trusts), durable powers of attorney and other documents, probate, guardianship and litigation in those areas. Professor Brown has also handled numerous adult protection and tort claims for elderly, incapacitated and injured people including a number of cases where the verdict or settlement amount exceeded $1,000,000. Professor Brown is a frequent speaker at continuing education programs for lawyers, as well as community education programs about the law.

Professor Brown is also a Certified Professional Guardian, and has been appointed by courts as guardian for a number of severely incapacitated persons with complex medical-legal issues. Financial organizations and trust departments frequently consult Professor Brown on questions regarding guardianship and trust issues, including litigation in those areas. Professor Brown also serves on the Ethics Committee for Grays Harbor Community Hospital and as an advisor to other public and private organizations where he often answers elder law, end of life, guardianship and informed consent questions by health care providers and participates in ethics conferences regarding current patients.

Professor Brown is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, a member and past president of the Washington Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, a member of the Executive Committee for the Elder Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association where he currently serves as co-chair for communications, a member and current president of the Long Term Care Ombudsman Advisory Committee for Grays Harbor and Pacific
Counties, a long term "Eagle" member of the Washington Association for Justice, a former bar examiner for the Washington State Bar Association and remains active in many professional organizations.