O'Melveny's Brown Receives Honorary Doctorate from Georgian Court University

June 06, 2013 O’Melveny partner Mary Pat Brown recently received a Doctorate of Humane Letters honoris causa from Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey. During the May 22, 2013, ceremony, Brown addressed students graduating from the University’s master’s degree program. The commencement program included the following biography of Brown, who is a member of O'Melveny's White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigatons Practice and resides in the Firm's Washington, DC office:
For more than two decades as a federal prosecutor, Mary Patrice Brown did more than uphold the law. She served as the Chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, handling all manner of criminal offenses, including terrorism, national security, narcotics conspiracies, white collar crime, child exploitation, homicides, and firearms offenses. In 2009, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., asked her to serve as the head of the Department of Justice's Office of Professional Responsibility—the first woman to hold that position. While in that office, she conducted internal investigations of allegations of misconduct by DOJ attorneys and law enforcement agents. In 2010, she became the Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the DOJ's Criminal Division, where she oversaw the DOJ's white collar crime section (the Public Integrity Section) and the Office of Enforcement Operations, which is responsible for wiretaps and electronic surveillance, the Federal Witness Security Program, and many other things. She frequently represented DOJ in meetings with her foreign counterparts, including leading the U.S. delegation to the First International Legal Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Ms. Brown recently left the DOJ to return to private practice as a partner at O'Melveny & Myers in Washington, D.C.

She received a B.S. in Foreign Service and her J.D. from Georgetown University. In addition to being trained by Jesuits, Ms. Brown received her primary and secondary education from the Sisters of Charity and the Sisters of the Holy Cross.