Russ Brown (lawyer)

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Russ Brown
Born San Jose, California
Alma mater UCLA
San Fernando Valley College of Law
Occupation Lawyer
Known for personal injury attorney
Home town San Jose, California

Russ Brown is a personal injury lawyer specializing in motorcycle accidents.[1]

Born in San Jose, California, Brown began riding motorcycles when he was 16, racing at a dirt track in Santa Maria, California.[2] Brown attended college at UCLA where he majored in marketing.

Following his graduation from the San Fernando Valley College of Law, he passed the State Bar of California exam in 1970.[3] After practicing general personal injury law for 5 years, Brown began representing motorcyclists almost exclusively in 1975.

Brown has been involved in many nationally known movements for motorcyclist rights and awareness. Brown created Bikers Against Manslaughter - now called BAM - a group of over 1.5 million "bikers helping bikers" providing free breakdown and legal assistance. Brown fought against a mandatory law on motorcycle helmets in California during the 1980s. Brown believed "forcing people to wear helmets is an infringement of their own personal liberties."[4][5] In March 1990, Brown appeared on Today (NBC program) in a nationally televised debate with California Assemblyman Richard Floyd (California).[6]

In 1996, Brown won a case in California where a judge ruled that dogs were legal passengers on motorcycles.[7]

Brown recently had a street named after him in Sturgis, South Dakota.[8]


  1. ^ Cycle Trader Insider - Living Legends in the Motorcycle Culture - Rob Flemming - Wednesday, December 14, 2011 [1]
  2. ^ Los Angeles Times - BAM Battles Bias Against Bikers - Ann Japenga - August 7, 1986 [2]
  3. ^ "Lawyer Russell Brown Jr - Legal Experience, Education, Professional Associations & Jurisdictions - Justia Attorney Profile". Retrieved 2014-04-24. 
  4. ^ Los Angeles Times - Last-Ditch L.A. Rally Protests Helmet Law - Louis Sahagun - May 13, 1991 [3]
  5. ^ "Lawrence Journal-World - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 2014-04-24. 
  6. ^ "AFTER EIGHT: SHOULD CALIFORNIAN MOTORCYCLISTS... Stock Footage & Video Clips | NBCUniversal Archives". Retrieved 2014-04-24. 
  7. ^ "Bangor Daily News - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 2014-04-24. 
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