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Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone 513-241-6400
Fax 513-241-6464



Phyllis E. Brown
Founding Member

Phyllis E. Brown, Attorney
  • Telephone: (513) 241-6400
  • Fax: (513) 241-6464


            Phyllis E. Brown is a Founding Member of Cummins & Brown LLC.  She has practiced in the areas of securities law, commercial litigation, education law, and representation of whistleblowers for over twenty-five years.  Her activities include securities fraud class actions, commercial litigation and healthcare, representation of charter schools and their sponsors, representation of families in expulsion/suspension of student, false claims act actions and representation of whistleblower in administrative hearings.


            Phyllis was part of the lead counsel team representing the class in the Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae accounting fraud securities class action litigations.  The Freddie Mac litigation settled for $410 million, one of the largest of all federal securities class actions.  She was also on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee representing teachers suing the Educational Testing Services for improperly grading their certification exams.  That case was successfully resolved through settlement, including regrading of the examinations.


            Phyllis is one of the lead attorneys in Capannari v. Galemmo, a securities fraud action filed against Glen Galemmo and his affiliated entities. Galemmo was the mastermind behind the largest Ponzi scheme in Hamilton County, Ohio. Phyllis was local counsel in Eshe Fund v. Fifth Third Bancorp (S.D. Ohio), successfully resolved through settlement.


            Phyllis was lead counsel representing a whistleblower in a false claims act case, which resulted in the largest settlement at the time of any case in which the United States Government declined to intervene, U.S. ex rel Watt v. Fluor Daniel Corporation (S.D. Ohio).


            Phyllis represented a guarantor in the largest commercial litigation case in Hamilton County, Arts Rental Equipmenet, et al v. Bear Creek Construction, LLC, et al., involving the development of Kenwood Towne Place, now The Kenwood Collection. She settled all claims involving her client.




Primary Areas: • Securities Law
• Class Actions
• Commercial Litigation
• Education Law
Admitted • Ohio, 1986
• U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 1987
• U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit1990
• Kentucky, 1994
Education: • University of Cincinnati College of Law, J. D. May, 1986
• Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, M.P.A., with honors
• Smith College, A.B. with high honors
Cincinnati Bar Association, member of Professionalism Committee
Ohio State Bar Association
Federal Bar Association, former President of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Chapter, current member Executive Committee
Inns of Court, Master
Former member Editorial Board, The Federal Lawyer (national publication of the Federal Bar Association)
THE NEW WHISTLEBLOWER IN TOWN: SEC’s Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Rules in Litigation & Corporate Governance, Cincinnati Bar Association
Advising Corporate Directors and Officers, Ohio State Bar Association
Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Lorman Education Services
Education and Civil Rights Law by Ronna Schneider - Chapter on Special Education (2004), West Publishing Company. Annual supplements
The Legal Rights of Citizens with Mental Retardation edited with Lawrence Kane, Jr. (University Press)
The FBA Heralds a New Era of Activism and Diversity, The Federal Lawyer, Vol. 42, No. 8, (1995).
Testimony of “Mitigating Circumstances”: What Purpose Does It Serve?, The Federal Lawyer, Vol. 44, No. 8, (1997).
Judicial Profile: The Honorable S. Arthur Spiegel, with David Skidmore, The Federal Lawyer, Vol. 45, No. 6, (1998).
“The Whole Truth”. . . What is Happening in the Fourth Estate?, The Federal Lawyer, Vol. 45, No. 7, (1998).