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David D. Brown

Office Chicago

Phone (312) 445-9711
(312) 462-1816


David D. Brown is a senior director at Legal Fee Solutions. For more than a decade, Dave has devoted his legal practice to analyzing attorneys’ fees, resolving fee disputes and helping clients control legal costs. He is a licensed attorney and Certified Litigation Management Professional.

He works in the vanguard of legal fee analytics, using proprietary technology to assess the reasonableness of attorneys' fees in insurance coverage disputes, prevailing party and other fee-shifting litigation, client vs. attorney fee litigation, bankruptcies and ongoing mass tort and other complex litigation.

Dave routinely generates expert opinions and advisory reports on the reasonableness of legal costs in the context of pharmaceutical litigation, environmental/premises liability litigation, and a host of other commercial and criminal litigation scenarios, with total costs at issue ranging from $200,000 to more than $400 million.

He has particularly deep experience in the specialized area of bankruptcy litigation and has served as fee examiner in connection with some of the largest federal bankruptcies on record. Dave takes a proactive approach to managing bankruptcy fees by negotiating hourly rates and staffing models from the outset, rather than waiting for disputes to arise.

Dave has experience prosecuting fee litigation, including deposing billing attorneys and client personnel regarding fee reasonableness issues. He has testified as an expert witness regarding the propriety of legal fees. And he assists clients with litigation management by establishing, monitoring and enforcing litigation billing guidelines and budgets.

Dave earned his Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University in 1995 and his law degree from the University of Illinois in 1998. During law school, Dave received the award for best brief in the Frederick Green moot court competition and was invited to join the Order of the Coif, having graduated in the top 10 percent of his class.

Dave is an active supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and has personally raised more than $100,000 in donations to support a cure for diabetes.


Inside and Outside Legal Counsel Co-author Chapter on Budgeting, Controlling Legal Costs for Thomson Reuters Publication

June 20, 2016

Bruce Meckler and Mari Henry Leigh (Legal Fee Solutions) are among the co-authors of a chapter on budgeting and controlling costs for the publication, “Successful Partnering between Inside and Outside Counsel.”



  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1998
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A., cum laude, 1995


  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Professional Fees Committee

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