Brown, Paulette

Paulette Brown

Senior Partner
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer



Paulette Brown is a member of the labor & employment practice group of Locke Lord LLP and is the Immediate Past President of the American Bar Association. Throughout her career, 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 30 years, Paulette has engaged in the private practice of law, focusing on all facets of labor and employment and commercial litigation. She has defended employers in cases involving discrimination on the basis of age, sex, marital status, sexual harassment, disability, race and national origin. Paulette has received 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 Chair of the Labor and Employment Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. She is also a member of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyer and American Law Institute. 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 Pioneer Diversity Award and the NJ State Bar Association's Excellence in Diversity Award, and she was honored with the Spirit of Excellence and Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards 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.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained recent summary judgments in ADA matters in both Federal and State Court
  • Obtained recent summary judgment in CEPA matter in State Court
  • Obtained recent summary judgment on Fraud and Breach of Employment Agreement
  • Obtained a ruling sustaining the termination in an arbitration concerning the termination of a union employee for a major manufacturer
  • Obtained a settlement on behalf of a major service provider in an unfair labor practices matter concerning union organizing before the NLRB
  • Obtained a TRO and preliminary injunction against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on behalf of a rental car company in an airport taxing matter
  • Reached a nominal settlement on behalf of employer for all class members in a class action employment matter filed by the EEOC
  • Persuaded plaintiffs to amend their complaint to remove all class allegations in a class action employment matter
  • Achieved summary judgment as to all claims asserted against a large manufacturer of medical equipment in a tortious interference matter
  • Achieved summary judgment for an 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 in consolidated sexual harassment cases

Professional Affiliations and Recognitions

  • Past President, American Bar Association
  • Hall of Fame Inductee, National Bar Association
  • Honorary Doctorate Recipient, Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law
  • Martindale Hubbell AV preeminent peer and client review rating
  • Fellow, College of Labor & Employment Lawyers
  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Top 25 Women Lawyers in NJ 2015
  • Cover Story
    • Inaugural U.S. News Business Edition Magazine 2016
    • Women Lead Magazine Fall 2015
    • Network Journal “Lawyers at the Top”
  • Chair, Labor & Employment Section, NJ State Bar Association
  • Member, Commission on Racial Equity in the Law, NJ State Bar Association
  • Third Circuit Task Force on Equal Treatment in the Court
  • Board of Directors, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Medal of Honor Award Recipient, New Jersey Bar Foundation
  • Equal Justice Award Recipient, National Bar Association
  • Spirit of Excellence Award Recipient, American Bar Association
  • Award of Excellence Recipient, Thurgood Marshall College Fund
  • Gertrude Rush Award Recipient, National Bar Association
  • Professional Lawyer of the Year Award Recipient, New Jersey Commission on Professionalism
  • President’s Award Recipient, Garden State Bar Association
  • The C. Francis Stradford Award Recipient, National Bar Association
  • Named, 2016 Top Women in Law, New Jersey Law Journal

Community Leadership

  • Board Member, Community Trust of New Jersey
  • Legal Services Corporation, Leaders Council
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
  • Board Member, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Board of Visitors, Seton Hall University School of Law
  • National Center for State Courts, Advisory Board, Community Engagement
  • Completely 5 Consecutive Walks for Breast Cancer
  • Boys & Girls Club Advocate
  • Former President of the YWCA of Central New Jersey
  • Led a delegation to monitor the first free and democratic elections in South Africa
  • Completed five 3-day 60 mile walks to raise money through Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation