Holland & Knight managing partner Howell W. Melton, Jr. has announced that Jason Brown has been appointed executive partner of the New York office. Brown joined Holland & Knight in 2000 after having served as Chief of the Criminal Division for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York. He will continue his full- time practice in the areas of white-collar criminal and complex civil litigation, in addition to his administrative duties for the firm’s lower Manhattan office. William J. Honan III, who focuses his practice on arbitration, mediation and maritime law, will move to a new role heading the firm’s Maritime National Practice Group.
Melton said, “I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Brown as executive partner for our New York office. Our office in New York City traces its roots to the early 1800’s and is a source of great pride in our firm. Jason is a proven leader, and I expect continued growth in the size and stature of our New York office under Jason’s leadership.”
Brown said, “It is a privilege to be appointed executive partner and to work closely with the distinguished and talented lawyers in the New York office. The depth of Holland & Knight’s national platform and the New York office’s long-established role in the City’s legal community allows us to serve clients based locally as well as those with national and international operations. It is also a privilege to continue the firm’s solid role as a committed member of the lower Manhattan community – through the redevelopment of lower Manhattan and through our many charitable and pro bono efforts. ”
As Chief of the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York, Brown oversaw more than 100 Assistant U.S. Attorneys. During his tenure as a federal prosecutor, Brown investigated and prosecuted criminal cases, including securities fraud, government and contract fraud and public corruption.
Brown is a graduate of Princeton University and earned his J.D. cum laude in 1985 from Harvard Law School. He is a member of the New York State Bar and is admitted to practice in the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, as well as the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.