Attorney Profile

Charleston SC Attorney – Peter David Brown

(843) 971-0099 | pete@peterdavidbrown.com

  • Experienced: 30 Years
  • Successful: Millions Collected for Clients
  • Personal: Dedicated attention to detail and Personal Service

Thirty (30) Years of Practicing Law:

Peter David Brown, an attorney since 1988, has a working knowledge of the South Carolina Courts by way of handling cases in Magistrates Courts, Municipal Courts, General Sessions, Common Pleas, Federal Courts and the South Carolina Court of Appeals.

Twenty-one (21) years ago, Peter Brown was publically regarded as being “a seasoned attorney” by the South’s pre-eminent newspaper, the Charleston Post and Courier, in an article where Brown obtained the release of client erroneously charged with an Armed Robbery (March 2, 1995).

Litigation Experience:

Peter has earned his position as a Senior Member of the bar through numerous high pressure trials and intense civil and criminal negotiations. In 2016 alone, Peter personally made over one hundred (100) appearances in various Courts.

Millions Collected For Clients:

Peter and his firm have collected millions of dollars for his personal injury and workers’ compensation clients. Peter and his team do it quietly and effectively. We realize that not everybody wants a big firm to handle something as personal as a serious injury.

Peter has handled many high profile and “front page” matters, but one of his main goals in every case- is to keep the client’s name out of the news, whether it is a big personal injury recovery or of another nature. Our firm has advised CNN and local news and media agencies over the years, but it is our preference to quietly and effectively serve our clients behind the scenes.

Personal Background:

Peter David Brown is a name respected in the field of law as an upstanding and hardworking attorney. A 1983 Citadel graduate, he is known in the community for his love of family, sense of humor, and love of baseball. Peter followed a career path similar to his older brother, Thomas F. Brown, II, a plaintiffs’ lawyer who has practiced law for nearly forty (40) years in Georgia. Both Thomas and Peter purposely chose to work for insurance companies before law school in order to learn the inner workings of the insurance claims’ industry. This move has proven to be invaluable.

Peter worked as a multi-line adjuster for Progressive Casualty Insurance Company to gain his insight into the claims handling procedure.

Also before law school, Peter worked for Georgia Governor Joe Frank Harris, with the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. It was during that time Peter worked closely with Harold Hill, the Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court.

Peter attended Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. During law school Peter served as a student representative, Vice President and ultimately the President of the Student Bar Association. Between his first and second year of law school, Brown clerked for the Chief Administrative Judge of the Fulton County Superior Court, The Honorable Ralph Hicks.

Between his second and third years of law school, Peter clerked for a ten (10) lawyer law Workers’ Compensation and Insurance Defense Law Firm that represented Cincinnati Insurance Company and Workers’ Compensation Defense for the entire State of Georgia.

In 1988, upon graduation, Brown accepted the offer of full time employment as an insurance defense attorney at the same firm.

Brown handled primarily Personal Injury Lawsuits and defended Workers’ Compensation Claims. These initial experiences “on the other side of the fence” have proven invaluable.
Peter was taught how insurance companies (adjusters) and their attorney’s evaluate and pay personal injury claims and defend lawsuits. Brown used these defenses himself while working for the insurance companies.

In 1989 Peter David Brown and his wife Debora Brown, DPT, PT moved to Charleston. Peter is a dedicated family man. He and his wife have two children, Ellison and Peter Jr., both of whom attended public schools. Debbie, a physical therapist, is faculty at The Medical University of South Carolina. They enjoyed raising their children in the low country, and spending time together.  Peter has been a servant to the community since he arrived in the area. Much of his time has been spent working with youth, coaching in sports, mentoring, and serving as a role model.

Early in his career, Peter held the position of Senior Staff Attorney (1990 until 1993) at the Charleston County Public Defender’s Office in order to gain valuable trial experience. He personally handled in excess of twelve (12) murders and five hundred (500+) felonies during that time. By the end of his tenure as the Senior Staff Attorney, Brown had tried numerous major felonies ranging from Murder, Trafficking Cocaine, Armed Robbery, Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor, Failure to Stop for Blue Light, to the relatively basic “Throw Down” Drug cases.

Brown obtained many “Not Guilty” verdicts as a result of taking matters to trial in General Sessions Court. Peter Brown developed an equal passion for both Criminal Defense and Personal Injury/Workers’ Compensation work.

Peter opened his own law firm in 1993, handling Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation and of course, Criminal matters. Peter has been serving the citizens of South Carolina since that time with commitment, professionalism and personalized service. Peter personally appears in Court or at Hearings on average, two to three times per week throughout the State. It is his preference to handle these appearances himself rather than through associates.

Peter David Brown’s successful defense in State v. Williams, 351 S.C. 591, 571 S.E.2d 703 (Ct. App. 2002). in which he successfully defended at trial and subsequently with the SC Court of Appeals has served as a precedent setting case in limiting the detention and scope of police stops in South Carolina. State v. Williams calls into question the stop of two vehicle occupants and the police questioning of these individuals in an attempt to gain consent to search the vehicle. Their efforts were successful, but their methods were discovered and revealed by Brown’s cross examination. Peter Brown successfully challenged the constitutionality of the stop and subsequent questioning of a vehicle with two occupants that resulted in a search and seizure of twenty-five (25) pounds of high grade marijuana. Brown made the Motion to Suppress the marijuana. His argument was well founded based on existing U.S. Supreme Court cases and several South Carolina cases he cited. The trial judge granted Brown’s Motion to Suppress and the trafficking marijuana charges were dismissed! The solicitor’s office appealed and the matter was upheld by a panel of three Appellate Judges. The state again appealed to a full panel and the matter was affirmed by the full Court of Appeals unanimously.

Peter Brown has spoken at Law Enforcement Conferences and served as a panelist on a South Carolina Continuing Legal Education Approved Criminal Law Seminar.

In his thirty (30) years of practicing law, Peter David Brown has handled literally thousands of legal matters. This extensive experience handling everything from traffic tickets to drug trafficking, from Workers’ Compensation claims to Wrongful Death matters, have served him well.

The Law Office of Peter David Brown promises prompt and informed communication with all of our clients. The client will be informed and consulted during all substantial stages of their particular matter. No important decisions will be made without the client’s knowledge and consent. We appreciate and respect the opportunity to help you and your family by representing them during your most difficult of times.

Bar Admissions:

  • Georgia (1988)
  • South Carolina (1989)
  • Georgia Court of Appeals (1989)
  • U.S. District Court of South Carolina (1990)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (1989)

Professional Associations:

  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • National College of DUI Defense, Inc.
  • South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Education:

  • The Citadel Business major, concentration in English (1983)
  • Emory University School of Law (1988)