Adam J. Brown

Legal Assistant: Jennifer Lamson

Paralegal: Angel Severson


J.D., University of St. Thomas School of Law, magna cum laude, 2006


B.S., University of Wisconsin – Madison, Legal Studies and Communication Arts, 2002

Bar Admissions

Minnesota, 2006



Adam is a shareholder and the director of professional development at CWK.  His legal work focuses on workers’ compensation law, primarily defending employers and insurers.  He represents clients in all aspects of workers’ compensation matters, from initial compensability questions through trials and appeals.


In addition to his legal work, Adam provides individualized coaching, training, real-time feedback, and skill-building support for the firm’s associates and other legal professionals.  He also provides business development support for the firm and assists with integral firm systems, including structural design and professional development.


Before starting with CWK Law, Adam spent nearly six years at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, where he served as Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development, managed the law school’s externship program, and taught courses in the externship and mentor programs.  Adam has also worked as a staff attorney at the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals (WCCA), an attorney at Heacox Hartman, and a judicial law clerk at the Minnesota Court of Appeals.


Adam completed mediation and arbitration training in the state of Minnesota in November 2013.  He graduated from St. Thomas Law in 2006, magna cum laude, and he was a member of the McGee national civil rights moot court team while in law school.

Professional Activities

Hennepin County Bar Association: Diversity and Inclusion Committee (Sept. 2016 to Present), Chair (2020-21), Vice Chair (2019-20)

National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN) (Aug. 2020 to Present): Inclusion and Diversity Committee (Aug. 2020 to Present)

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice: Mentor Program Working Group (Jan. 2020 to Present)

St. Thomas Law: Adjunct Professor, Advanced Externship (Fall 2019 to Present), Business Externship (Summer 2019), Mentor Externship II and III (Fall 2012 to Spring 2019), Mentor (Sept. 2009 to Jan. 2015), Alumni Board (Jan. 2012 to Jan. 2015). Guest Instructor in Negotiations Class (Sept. 2008 to Mar. 2016), Moot Court Coach (Sept. 2007 to May 2018)

Minnesota State Bar Association: MSBA Legal Services Initiative Committee (Sept. 2016 to May 2019), MSBA Esquire 36 Committee (Sept. 2016 to May 2018)

Minnesota Legal Career Professionals (MnLCP): President (2017-18), Vice President (2016-17)

Reader/Writer Program Volunteer (Oct. 2017 to Present)

Bloomington Youth Sports Coach (Hockey and Baseball) (2012 to Present)

Bloomington Jefferson Hockey – Golf Tournament Director (2019 and 2020)

Bloomington Traveling Baseball Board of Directors (Sept. 2017 to Sept. 2019)

Wedding Officiant (Parson Brown)

Speaking Engagements

Hennepin County Bar Association CLE (Sept. 2020) – Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Considerations as the Legal Industry Returns to the Office

National Association of Law Placement (NALP) Annual National Conference (initially set for Apr. 2020 but postponed due to COVID-19) – Jobs Where the Buffalo Roam: Successful Rural Placement Programs

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice Ambassador Program (Fall 2019) (Focus Group/Panelist)

Minnesota Law School Externship Consortium CLE (Dec. 2018) – Best Practices for Supervising Law Students and New Legal Professionals

Externships IX National Conference (Mar. 2018) – Creative Collaborations with Career Services

MSBA Employment Benefits Section (2018 Annual Meeting) – Increasing Diversity and Opportunities in the Practice Area

Thomas Law CLE (Fall 2013, Fall 2014) – Mentor Training Program


Hennepin County Bar Association

Minnesota State Bar Association

National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network