Jonathan Brown

  • Professor of Law for Designated Project or Service
  • Director, Food and Farm Business Law Clinic
Preston, 4th Floor


JD, New York University School of Law

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Jonathan Brown joined the Pace Law faculty in 2016. Professor Brown is the founder and director of the school’s Food and Farm Business Law Clinic, which launched in January 2017. The Food and Farm Business Law Clinic provides pro bono transactional legal services to small farm businesses, artisan food manufacturers, craft beverage entrepreneurs, and related nonprofit organizations. The Clinic’s legal services help clients expand access to local, healthy food in underserved communities, start or expand mission-driven business ventures, steward the preservation and transitioning of farmland for future generations of farmers, and implement innovative and sustainable production, processing, and distribution practices. 

Prior to joining the Pace faculty, Professor Brown was a Clinical Lecturer in Law and Eugene Ludwig/Robert M. Cover Fellow in Law at Yale Law School, where he co-taught the Community and Economic Development Clinic. There, he represented community-based organizations seeking to promote economic opportunity and mobility, including affordable housing developers, community development banks, farms and farmer’s markets, and neighborhood associations. Previously, Brown was a senior associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, in New York. There, he primarily represented lenders and borrowers in large corporate finance transactions, and also represented not-for-profit organizations on corporate matters.

Professor Brown serves on the board of the Northeastern Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY), New York’s leading non‐profit organization providing programs and services to promote sustainable, local organic food and farming.


Jonathan Brown, Nurturing a More Just and Sustainable Food System: The First Year of Pace Law’s Food and Beverage Law Clinic, Nat. Resources & Env't, Summer 2018.

Jonathan Brown, Beyond Corporate Form: A Response to Dan Depasquale, Surbhi Sarang, and Natalie Bump Vena's Forging Food Justice Through Cooperatives in New York City, 45 Fordham Urb. L.J. 1121 (2018).

Jonathan Brown, When Social Enterprises Fail, 62 Vill. L. Rev. 27 (2017).