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221 Duke of Gloucester Street PO Box 668 Annapolis, MD 21404

Samuel J. Brown Partner

About Samuel J. Brown


When you are talking domestic law in Anne Arundel County, you are talking Samuel J. Brown. One of the most respected attorneys in Annapolis, Mr. Brown has received many accolades and awards in his 40 plus years of practice in Anne Arundel County including:

  • Leading Lawyer by What’s Up Magazine
  • Reader’s Choice Award from the Capital Newspaper
  • Super Lawyer in the State of Maryland
  • Top Lawyer by Baltimore Smart CEO magazine

What Sam Brown is most proud of, though, are the referrals that he receives from satisfied clients and esteemed colleagues.

As one of the leading divorce attorneys in Annapolis, Mr. Brown has tried over 500 divorce, custody, support and visitation cases. His longest trial was 23 days and he was once referred to by a colleague as “the king of high conflict domestic cases in Anne Arundel County”.

With nearly four decades of experience, Mr. Brown is considered by many to be a powerful litigator and has extensive knowledge in administrative law, liquor licenses, real estate contracts and business transactions. He has had the opportunity to participate in a number of major high profile cases in Anne Arundel County, bringing a level of professionalism and discretion that is hard to beat.

Mr. Brown is proud to call Annapolis home. He moved here at age 11, attended Annapolis Senior High School and then went on to receive his Associate’s Degree from Anne Arundel Community College. He transferred to the University of Virginia, earning a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in 1973. Following graduation from UVA, Mr. Brown entered the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington D.C. He served as the President of the law school student body and obtained his Juris Doctor degree in 1976.

Sam Brown began his practice of law in Maryland in 1976 with the law firm of Hillman & Hillman, under the tutelage of Noah A. Hillman who served the City of Annapolis as its Mayor, Alderman, and was the founder of the Historic District Commission. When Mr. Hillman passed away in 1977, Mr. Brown formed a new law firm with Richard Hillman, the future Mayor of Annapolis, on January 1, 1978, under the name of Hillman & Brown.

Mr. Brown has held many positions in Anne Arundel County and participated in numerous events including:

  • Governor’s appointee to the Maryland Judiciary Commission for the selection of judges in Anne Arundel County
  • Member and Director of the Annapolis Chamber of Commerce (1978)
  • Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 1983 through 1985
  • Board of Directors of Maryland Seafood Festival 1980’s
  • President of Anne Arundel Community College Alumni Association
  • Alumni Speaker at 2005 Anne Arundel Community College Graduation
  • President/Board of Trustees of Sts. Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church
  • Member of his church choir
  • Ad hoc Director for DTF, the parent corporation of McCrone Engineering
  • Speaker for the YWCA programs on battered spouses
  • Transition Committee for County Executives Lighthizer, Neall, Gary and Owens
  • Designee from Broadneck High, Severn River Middle and Windsor Farm Elementary School for the interview for the selection of the Superintendent for the Board of Ed
  • Member of CAC and SIT for the Board of Education in Anne Arundel County, specifically representing and working with Severn River Middle School and Windsor Farm Elementary
  • Member of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra Development Committee
  • Court Settlement Officer for the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County for voluntary mediation in litigation matters
  • Citizens Advisory Committee To Center for Neuro Rehabilitation
  • Poll Judge for the City of Annapolis
  • Salary Standard Commission for the Anne Arundel County Council
  • President of the Anne Arundel County Library Foundation
  • Director of the Fourteen Presidents Before Washington


Practice Areas

Alcohol Beverage Licenses
Criminal & Traffic
Family & Divorce
Personal Injury
Property & Real Estate

Bar Admissions

1976 Maryland Bar
1976 Maryland Court of Appeals
1981 U.S. Federal District Court
1981 Federal Bankruptcy Court
1984 U.S. Supreme Court
1985 U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
1993 U.S. Court of Appeals


Annapolis Senior High School, 1969
Anne Arundel Community College, A.A., 1971
University of Virginia. B.A., 1973
Washington College of Law, at American University, J.D., 1976

Professional Associations

Anne Arundel County Bar Association
Maryland State Bar Association
Maryland Trial Lawyers Association
American Trial Lawyers Association
American Bar Association Sections on Real Property and Family Law