VERLEY A. BROWN
DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR NEW YORK COUNTY SURROGATE’S COURT - 2022
As a Jamaican-born, former Marine, LGBTQ father of three children (a son and two daughters), I bring a diverse background and perspective to the judiciary. I have lived in Harlem, Washington Heights, Chelsea and now live in Hell’s Kitchen, which has further broadened my appreciation for the diversity of New York City and the need for representation of that diversity in the city’s court system.
I have been a practicing attorney for over 13 years, all of which have been focused in the area of Trusts & Estates. I began my career in September of 2008 at the law firm of Cullen and Dykman, LLP, where I worked for six years before moving on to McLaughlin & Stern, LLP in January of 2015. I have been at my current firm, Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein & Breitstone, LLP, since June of 2021 in the firm’s Trusts & Estates Litigation practice group, where I counsel fiduciaries, beneficiaries and distributees in a variety of contested and uncontested proceedings in Surrogate’s Court throughout New York State, including probate and administration proceedings, estate and trust accounting proceedings, will and trust construction proceedings, proceedings against fiduciaries, discovery and turnover proceedings, and other trust and estate related matters. Prior to attending law school, I worked as a Senior Surrogate’s Court Clerk in the Accounting and Miscellaneous Department of the Bronx County Surrogate’s Court.