Okla. Leadership in Law Profile: Mark D. Brown, Brown & Brown

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Mark Brown's career combines two of his biggest passions - teaching and law. Brown discovered his love of law while taking undergraduate constitutional law classes at Central State University, now the University of Central Oklahoma.

"Professor (William) Dever made the cases and issues come alive, and the students in his classes could not get enough of the law," said Brown, who now teaches at his alma mater.

Brown, who has more than 23 years of experience teaching at both the high school and college levels, also is a practicing attorney.

After graduating with a political science degree and a minor in English, Brown took some additional courses to become certified in secondary education. After doing his practice teaching at his former high school, Putnam City, he took a position at Gulf Oil in the production department.

"I was not particularly inspired doing basic production accounting day in and day out and began considering whether I wanted to devote another three years to graduate school. While awaiting the next term of law school, an opportunity to teach full-time at Putnam City came about, and I left Gulf to teach American National Government and Problems of Democracy," Brown said. "I continued to teach while attending law school and apparently never got it out of my system."

After serving as of counsel with Holloway Dobson and then Elliott & Morris, Brown went into private practice in 2001 with his wife, attorney Margo Mary Miller Brown. As managing partner of the Oklahoma City law firm Brown & Brown, his practice is primarily defense. …