Originally a teacher, W. Jay Brown became a lawyer in 1998 and has been in practice in the Great Lakes Bay Region ever since. Mr. Brown graduated first in his law school class and joined Midland’s largest law firm as a litigation associate. While with the firm, Mr. Brown embarked on his litigation career and was soon promoted to member of the firm.
In 2009, W. Jay Brown left the law firm to start his own practice based on his vision for the practice of law – where technology and innovation are leveraged to provide clients superior customer and legal services without “big firm”fees. Over time, Mr. Brown’s law practice evolved. Originally, his practice was exclusively litigation of business, commercial, real estate and construction law disputes. However, as Mr. Brown’s satisfied litigation clients returned for counsel on other matters, it was natural that Mr. Brown’s practice evolved to one providing general counsel in the areas of business, real estate, commercial and construction law in addition to litigation.
Mr. Brown approaches his clients as partners in success. He is optimistic by nature and believes that in most instances, where there is a will there is a way. Mr. Brown is fond of asking his clients “what do you want the result to be?” Once a desired outcome is identified, Mr. Brown helps clients plan the best course of action to take to achieve the client’s objective.
On the personal side, W. Jay Brown has been married for over 28 years and he and his wife Lori have two daughters. In his spare time, Mr. Brown enjoys pickleball, biking, golf, hiking and spending time in Leelanau County.
- Juris Doctor, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 1998 Summa Cum Laude (first in class)
- Master of Arts in Educational Administration, Central Michigan University, 1995
- Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, Central Michigan University, 1987
Midland County Bar Association
• President (2014 – 2016)
• Vice President (2011 – 2014)
- Vice President
Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail Alliance
• Director (2014 – Present)
Legal Services of Eastern Michigan
• Director (2011 – 2014)
Tittabawassee Township Downtown Development Authority
• Chairman (2008 – 2017)
Tittabawassee Township Board of Zoning Appeals
• Board Member (2009 – Present)
Freeland Community Schools Board of Education
• President (2012 – 2013)
• Vice President (2010 – 2012)