Robert J. Brown
525 B Street, Suite 2200
San Diego, CA 92101
Practice Areas

Admissions: California

Professional Summary

Robert J. Brown counsels clients on corporate and securities, real estate and tax. Robert’s practice focuses on tax and transactional planning and consulting over a broad range of business matters. He is experienced in tax planning, financing and structuring for real estate, joint ventures, private placement, as well as negotiating land acquisitions and financing.

Representative Matters

  • Structured and negotiated land acquisition and financing for major casino development project, including formation of LLC and private placement of equity and debt securities, negotiation of senior and subordinated debt facilities and related equity incentive program and tax planning.
  • Represented wireless technology corporation in negotiating and structuring issuance of Series A Preferred Stock to publicly-traded foreign corporation and creation of employee stock option plan.
  • Structured project-level equity incentive program with use of Delaware “series” LLC for leading national developer of Class A multifamily properties.
  • Serving as outside “general counsel” to prominent institutional multifamily housing and commercial property investment companies, including negotiation of limited partnership/LLC agreements, private placements, mortgage financing, tenants in common structuring and related tax planning.


  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rating
  • "2016 Best of the Bar," San Diego Business Journal, April 2016
  • “Top Lawyers,” San Diego Magazine, 2013-2015



  • San Diego County Bar Association – Tax Section Chair
  • The State Bar of California – Partnerships and Limited Liability Company Committee Past Member


  • LL.M., University of San Diego School of Law, 1993
  • JD, University of San Diego School of Law, 1992
  • BA (Economics), University of California, Los Angeles, 1989

News Coverage

  • McIntyre, Andrew. “Procopio, Simpson Thacher Guide Strata-Blackstone Apt. Deal,” Law360, May 6, 2015.


Bob is a frequent speaker regarding recent developments in tax and business planning, and continuing legal education seminars on tax and business issues.