- U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Steven A. Brown
Steven Brown is an experienced employment attorney who practices in both state and federal courts. His practice focuses on representing clients through litigation involving pay disputes, claims of discrimination, contract issues, and other employment matters. With an eye toward preempting litigation in the first place, Steven regularly counsels employers on ever-changing best practices involving employee termination, wages and overtime, leave, restrictive covenants, severance agreements, discrimination investigations, trade secrets, and discipline.
Steven regularly advises businesses; his work includes formation and organization of business entities, drafting corporate bylaws and operating agreements, drafting and negotiating contracts, business planning, and other general counsel work.
Steven graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science, and with honors from the Florida State University College of Law. Steven is admitted to practice before all Maryland state courts and the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.
American Bar Association
Maryland Bar Association
Anne Arundel County Bar Association
James C. Cawood, Jr. American Inns of Court
- Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce
- General Counsel
- Board of Directors
- Arundel Lodge
- Board of Directors
- Anne Arundel County Bar Association, Softball League
- City of Bowie, Board of Personnel Appeals
- January 2018: Speaker at Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce event on the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act.
- September 2017: Speaker at Council Baradel Wage and Hour Seminar discussing top tips for businesses to avoid employment-related lawsuits.
- November 2016: Speaker at Northern Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce seminar educating restaurant owners on best practices for protecting their restaurant against employee wage and hour lawsuits.
Honors / Awards
- Whats Up? Annapolis Magazine Leading Lawyer in Employment Law, 2018-2019
- Super Lawyers - 2019
- Employment Law Blog at cbemploymentlaw.com
- Florida State University College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2013)
- Georgetown University School of Law (2012) Visiting Semester
- University of Pittsburgh (B.A., 2009)
- Sixteen Council Baradel Attorneys Recognized in What's Up? Magazine's "Leading Lawyers" 2019
- Property Tax Reassessment Appeal Deadline Fast Approaching
- Maryland Super Lawyers 2019 Recognizes Thirteen Council Baradel Attorneys
- Council Baradel Employment Law Attorneys to Speak at Anne Arundel Community College Conference
- Steven A. Brown Joins Board of Arundel Lodge
- Steven A. Brown to Speak to Chamber on Maryland Sick Leave
- Susan Stobbart Shapiro and Steven A. Brown Victorious in Federal Wage and Hour Trial
- Property Tax Reassessment Appeal Deadline – Fast Approaching
- Susan Stobbart Shapiro and Steven A. Brown to Present on New Maryland Sick Leave Law
- Susan Stobbart Shapiro and Steven A. Brown to Host Wage & Hour Happy Hour on September 14th
- Steven A. Brown to Speak on Limited Scope Representation on June 12th, 2017
- Steven A. Brown Joins Board of Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce
- Shapiro and Brown Speak to Restaurant Owners on Employee Wage and Hour Lawsuits
- Council Baradel Launches Employment Law Blog
- Council Baradel Welcomes Attorney Steven A. Brown
- Minimum Wage to Increase July 1, 2018 Maryland employers should be aware that the minimum wage in Maryland will increase effective July 1, 2018.
- Maryland's Impending Sick and Safe Leave Law: Don't Wait to Review your Policies Currently working its way through the Maryland General Assembly is an emergency bill that is aimed at delaying the implementation of the new sick and safe leave law until July 1, 2018.
- Understanding the New Maryland Healthy Working Families Act Maryland has passed the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act ("MHWF") – which has been commonly referred to as "the sick leave bill."
- Maryland Sick Leave Legislation – Votes Verse Veto on Maryland Employers' Sick Leave Obligations When you're sick, trying to weigh the pros and cons of whether to go to work is something business owners and employees know all too well. While burying yourself in a pile of blankets on your couch while watching the Price is Right, and reminding Drew Carry that he will never be Bob Barker, may sound like a great way to kick a cold, many business owners and employees simply can't afford to take the time off. To address this issue, at least on behalf of employees, the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation that would require employers to provide paid or unpaid sick leave to their employees.
- New Overtime Salary Rule Blocked by Federal Court Injunction On November 22, 2016, a Federal Judge for the Eastern District of Texas entered a nationwide preliminary injunction that stops the Department of Labor's (DOL) Final Rule from going into effect December 1st, 2016.
- Tipping Off Your Tipped Employees About the FLSA Tip Credit is Just the Tip of the Ice Berg – What You Need to Know About the Tip Credit. Despite the common awareness that wait staff are paid lower hourly wages but supplement those wages with tips, restaurant owners still have to do more than say, "duh" when explaining pay to their new employees.
- An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – the importance of keeping wage and hour records for your employees. What's remarkable about records is that it seems as though you never know how much one is worth until you don't have it. As a small business owner, this is especially true about the records you're required to keep for your employees.
- New Minimum Wage Rate Effective July 1st, 2016 The Maryland Minimum Wage Act of 2014 imposes a schedule of minimum-wage increases, one of which takes effect Friday, July 1st, 2016.
- New Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Overtime Standards On May 18th, 2016 the United States Department of Labor announced its Final Rule that increased the salary standards for the executive, administrative, and professional overtime exemptions.