Supported by more than 45 years of excellence in law, management and consulting, Geraldine Reed Brown has excelled as the president of The Reed-Brown Consultant Group in Montclair, New Jersey, since 1989. Alongside this entrepreneurial endeavor, she previously served as counsel for Spooner & Burnett in New York City between 1993 and 1998. Prior to these appointments, Ms. Brown was an attorney for J.C. Penney & Co. in New York City from 1978 to 1988 and an associate for White & Case in New York City from 1973 to 1978.
To prepare for her career, Ms. Brown pursued a formal education at Fisk University, where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in 1968. From there, she attended the prestigious Harvard University and earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence and Master of Business Administration in 1971 and 1973, respectively. She has been admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Alongside her primary feats, Ms. Brown has contributed her expertise to several academic institutions. She is a past assistant professor of business law at Montclair State University, a past adjunct professor of business law at Kean University and a past adjunct professor of law at the Seton Hall Law School. She has also been an instructor at Hudson County Community College and Bergen Community College, and taught at the Entrepreneurial Training Institute.
Prior to entering her career, Ms. Brown became interested in the contributions Black individuals made to various groups in society during the 1960s. Thereafter, she decided to focus her efforts on law, noting that it would provide her with excellent opportunities to succeed in life as well as help others. Although her career has been filled with highlights, she is especially proud of maintaining membership with several bar associations on their law committees. As such, she is a proud member of the Harvard Law School Black Alumni Association, where she has been involved in creating group boards, lectures and dinners. In addition, she is a member of the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association and a fellow of the New York State Bar Foundation.
Civically involved to expand her scope of influence, Ms. Brown is a former member of the Montclair Development Board, former secretary of the board of trustees of the Montclair YMCA, former vice chairperson and trustee of United Hospitals Medical Center and past chair of several committees associated with Ramapo College, such as the bylaws committee and strategic planning committee. She also maintained involvement with the Junior League of Montclair, the Newark Mental Health Resources Center and St. Marks United Methodist Church.