Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has appointed a top labor and employment attorney as deputy county executive. Malcolm D. Brown, who has represented Oakland County in labor and employment matters for more than 25 years, will begin with the Patterson administration on Monday, Dec. 29. He replaces outgoing Deputy County Executive Ken Rogers who retires from the county at the end of the calendar year.
“We didn’t have to go far to find someone who knows the county, understands our vision, and meets the qualifications to be a leader on our team,” Patterson said. “Malcolm is a talented lawyer who has served the county since before I was county executive. I’m pleased to announce that he’s my next deputy.”
“I am excited about working at Oakland County with Brooks Patterson and implementing his plans for the future of the County,” said Brown, a shareholder at the Butzel Long law firm. “I have enjoyed practicing law at Butzel Long over the years, but this is a great opportunity to work with Brooks and be part of his team.”
Brown has practiced labor and employment law, representing employers only, for more than 25 years. He has substantial experience in handling labor and employment issues. His expertise includes collective bargaining in the public and private sector, Act 312 arbitrations, fact finding, and civil rights and employment issues, among others.
Brown was named to The Best Lawyers in America® and listed in Leading Lawyers both in 2015. He has a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School and a B.A. in economics from Michigan State University. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Labor Law Section of the American Bar Association. He lives in Bloomfield Township with his wife attorney Ann VanderLaan. Brown has two children – Courtney Lippincott who lives in Boston and Matthew Brown who is a sophomore at Indiana University.
Rogers, who has been with Patterson since Jan. 1, 1993, will retire at the end of the year to assume his duties as executive director at Automation Alley fulltime. Patterson announced in his 2014 State of the County address that Automation Alley would become completely independent from the county in 2015.
“Ken deserves recognition for a job well done. When we launched Automation Alley, Ken understood my vision for growing it into an independent regional entity that promotes high-tech companies and investment. The future of Automation Alley remains in good hands,” Patterson said.