About Brown Law & Consulting

Firm Principals

Deborah C. Brown

Debbie is a 1987 graduate of Stetson University College of Law and is admitted to practice in Florida. Debbie’s past employment experience includes roles as a hearing officer/staff attorney with the Public Employees Relations Commission, more than a decade of private practice labor and employment defense, and executive level HR roles as Director of Employee Relations at Walt Disney World and Vice President of HR at ZooTampa at Lowry Park. Chief legal counsel roles have included Associate Vice President of Legal Affairs and HR for Stetson University College of Law, Associate Vice President and General Counsel at Saint Leo University, and General Counsel at ZooTampa. In addition to her legal background, Debbie is a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil and County Mediator, and holds both the SHRM-SCP and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certifications.

James F. Brown

James F. Brown serves as a Sr. HR Consultant for the firm. Jim holds both a BA in Business Administration and an MBA. His background includes a combination of F&B leadership and HR roles at Anheuser Busch Inc. (Busch Gardens) followed by almost two decades of employee relations experience at Walt Disney World, the largest single site employer in the U.S. In this latter role, he conducted workplace investigations regarding issues of alleged harassment and discrimination, recommending appropriate actions to correct issues of concern, and assisting management in the formal discipline, performance management, or termination of employees. Jim also advised leadership on appropriate HR procedures, and served as the primary Employee Relations departmental representative in union grievances over disciplinary actions taken because of investigation findings. Jim is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified County Mediator.

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