Mike Brown is the head of the Real Estate Litigation Team at the firm. Mike is also a member of the firm’s Environmental and Toxic Tort Practice Team and the Business Litigation Practice Group. Mike’s emphasis in these practice areas is on real property and land use matters. Because of this emphasis in his practice, Mike also works very closely with the Real Estate Practice Group.
For the past several years, Mike has served as an adjunct Professor at the University of Alabama School of Law where he has taught Land Use Planning and Real Estate Finance & Development. Mike has spoken to a variety of groups on issues involving Real Estate Land Use and Environmental issues.
Mike has been with Bradley since 1989. Mike began his practice in the General Litigation group where he learned to try cases. Mike has tried numerous cases to verdict in his years of practice. Mike’s trial experience allowed him to take on lead responsibility for two large clients in mass tort litigation throughout the Southeast. This experience allowed Mike to sharpen his skills in managing and litigating mass tort cases involving hundreds and sometimes thousands of claimants.
Over the years, Mike’s work has covered a number of different types of litigation. Mike’s work has led him to focus his practice on the substantive areas of Real Estate Litigation, including Zoning and Land Use Planning, and Environmental and Toxic Tort Litigation, including Mass Torts.
American Bar Foundation, Fellow Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2022 "Top 50," Alabama, 2016-2017 Land Use/Zoning, 2016-2021 Listed in Alabama Super Lawyers "Top 50," Land Use/Zoning, 2015 Land Use/Zoning, 2009-2015 Top 50 Lawyers in Alabama, 2014, 2015 Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® Environmental Law, 2017-2023 Land Use and Zoning Law, 2013-2023 Litigation – Environmental, 2012-2023 Litigation – Land Use & Zoning, 2017-2023 Litigation – Real Estate, 2016-2023 Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants, 2011-2023 Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2015-2023 Mass Tort Litigation, 2010, 2014 Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs, 2011-2014 "Lawyer of the Year," Birmingham, Litigation – Real Estate, 2020 "Lawyer of the Year," Birmingham, Land Use and Zoning Law, 2016, 2021 "Lawyer of the Year," Birmingham, Litigation – Land Use and Zoning, 2016, 2022 Listed in B-Metro, "Top Lawyers," 2019-2020 Bayer v. Saks Dispute over covenant in real estate transaction. Davie v. Jefferson County Condemnation case De Nora Tech, Inc. v. BRAL Holdings, LLC, et. al. , CV-08-672 (N.D. Ala. April 15, 2008). Real estate seller brought specific performance action against purchaser for failure to perform certain obligations under the contract, including compliance with state environmental regulations. Obtained rescission of the contract and a $1,000,000.00 judgment against the company and the individual owners following summary judgment. ISK Tecknologies, Inc. v. EnersysDelaware, Inc., et al. Successful negotiations and settlement of a claim involving lead and acid damage to a manufacturing plant and real property in Alabama. Lender refinancing of resort properties Represented the lender in refinancing to consolidate multiple loans and lines of credit into one indebtedness, with cross collateralization and cross default of the existing collateral for the loans. Condemnation Action Obtained several hundred percent increase in original offer in condemnation action by utility. Construction of Quarries Represent several clients in relation to construction of quarries. Fair Housing Issues Work with municipalities on Fair Housing Issues and issues raised by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Advised Daniel Realty Company in the formation and capitalization of a joint venture with Evson, Inc. to build the Lane Parke development in Mountain Brook, Alabama Lease Agreement Negotiated terms of restaurant lease. Lease Dispute Won partial summary judgment enabling tenant in an industrial building to win a favorable settlement. Partition Actions Represented two entities in Partition actions. Real Estate Dispute Assist local companies in convincing City of Birmingham not to condemn their properties for a Stadium. Stadium will go elsewhere saving the client’s property AND increasing the value of the property going forward. Real Estate Purchase Contracts Assist company on claims relating to failure to build in real estate purchase contracts. Settlement Recover favorable settlement from title insurer on behalf of landowner after title insurer failed to defend landowner in underlying case. Spirit Financial Represent Nationwide Owner of Commercial Real Estate in several landlord/tenant disputes in Alabama, and Mississippi. Theft Claim Represent client in theft of timber claim. Vestavia Annexation Petition Worked for local professional services firm to oppose annexation. Notasulga Quarry Re-Zoning Work to establish new zoning Subdividing Property and Re-permitting Assist Mueller Water Products in subdividing property and re-permitting several sites in Bessemer and North Birmingham, Alabama. Including, but not limited to, RCRA Post Closure Permitting.