Orran Brown, Sr.


  • Harvard Law School, J. D., cum laude, 1981
  • Hampden-Sydney College, B.A., Government and Foreign Affairs, summa cum laude, 1978
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Robert R. Merhige, Jr., United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond, Va., 1981-1982

professional activities

Wheat Professor, Hampden Sydney College 2018-2020; Leadership and Ethics Class | Adjunct Professor, University of Richmond School of Law 1997-2005 (Taught trial and appellate practice and an upper-level course on mass torts, MDL class actions, and complex litigation)

Awards & Distinctions

Super Lawyers Magazine’s 2007 – 2019 Annual List of Top Attorneys in Virginia | AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell® 2016-2017

Bar Admissions

Virginia, 1986 | Texas, 1983 | United States Supreme Court | United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit | United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit | United States District Courts in Virginia and Texas

Creativity and Diligence

Orran develops and implements the best practices and strategies for the negotiation and drafting of resolution plans, legal proceedings to obtain court approval, the efficient design and operation of group claims facilities and compliance with the agreements and court orders governing the claims resolution process to provide a program a successful start and timely and efficient progress to a successful completion.  He has served as a claims administrator, as a trustee directing the implementation of a settlement program and as a Special Master presiding over discovery, records collection and deposition scheduling and calendaring in coordinated multidistrict proceedings.

“At BrownGreer, all of our team members constantly keep in mind how important their work is to each claimant and to the Court. Each one of us is a builder.”

Orran has served in these fields since 1990.  He and Lynn Greer founded BrownGreer in September 2002 to devote themselves to providing these services and to assist parties and the courts in handling the information and issues presented in management and resolution of multidistrict litigation and multiple claim situations.

Orran is respected by lawyers for claimants and the defense, courts, and claimants as knowledgeable, efficient, fair, and in tune with their needs. He has helped guide the implementation of extremely complex programs and knows how to design and put in place allocation and evaluation criteria that uniformly and equitably deliver benefits to those entitled to receive them, while keeping administrative costs as low as possible. He believes that these programs cannot be bureaucratic or impenetrable, or even appear to be. Instead, they serve the needs of the parties and the court, which leads to successful outcomes. His work on the $800 million One October Settlement Fund for the victims of the mass shooting in 2017 at the Route 91 concert in Las Vegas is an example of how his experience, creativity, and diligence can be brought to bear on a complicated, emotionally difficult program.

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