Collette A. Brown

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F: (312) 429-3586

Collette A. Brown is a member of Neal Gerber Eisenberg’s General & Commercial Litigation practice group. Collette represents clients in complex civil litigation matters including breach of contract, commercial lease disputes, tort defense, business torts and products liability. She has drafted and argued dispositive motions, and taken multiple depositions.

Collette has co-first chaired a four-day jury trial before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and also co-first chaired a two-day state court dependency hearing. Collette maintains an active pro bono practice with experience ranging from employment law to representing petitioners seeking orders of protection.

Before attending law school, Collette was a legal intern for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She was also a summer associate for Neal Gerber Eisenberg in 2012, and currently serves on the firm’s Women’s Network Leadership Team.

Collette won the Excellence in Pro Bono Service award in 2017, presented by The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and The Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. She also was awarded the NGE Excellence in Pro Bono award in 2017.

Before beginning her legal career, she worked as an English teacher for nearly three years.

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Bar Association
    • Products Liability Young Lawyers Sub-Committee
    • Associate Judge of the Young Lawyers Division’s Awards/Subgrants Team (2015-2016) 
  • Chicago Committee 
    • Associate Board Member
  • Black Women Lawyers Association of Greater Chicago
  • Equip for Equality Young Leaders
    • Board Member


  • University of Chicago (J.D., 2013)
  • Georgia State University (M.A., 2007), summa cum laude
  • Florida State University (B.A., 2006), cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

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