Scott P. Brown began serving as President, CEO, and Dean of New England Law | Boston on January 4, 2021.
Dean Brown is the former Ambassador to New Zealand and the Independent State of Samoa. He brings to New England Law deep expertise in both the public and private sector with more than 30 years of public service as a diplomat, political leader, attorney, military officer, and public figure.
In June 2017, Brown earned bipartisan support and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as an Ambassador, 94-4. During his term in New Zealand, Brown focused on combatting terrorism, China’s expansionism in the Indo-Pacific region, enhancing trade opportunities, strengthening the United States’ “Five Eyes” relationship in New Zealand, expanding cooperation in the Antarctic, and human, drug, and child trafficking prevention. The Ambassador led the United States Embassy through the Christchurch mosque attack, the White Island volcano eruption, and the COVID-19 pandemic including the repatriation of American citizens from the region.
In 2010, Brown won a special election to fill the term of the late U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy. As a senator, Brown was known as the most bipartisan Senator in the U.S. Senate, and was the ranking member on the Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. He was also a member of the Veteran’s Committee and the Committee on Small Business. He began his public service career as an Assessor and Selectman for the Town of Wrentham, Massachusetts. He served as Massachusetts State Representative for the 9th Norfolk District for seven years and as State Senator for the Norfolk, Bristol, and Middlesex District for five.
For nearly four decades, Brown served in the enlisted and officer ranks of the Massachusetts and Maryland National Guard. He retired as a Colonel after a stint as the Deputy to the Chief Counsel, to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau at the Pentagon.
A graduate of Boston College Law School, Brown is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts, and U.S. Court of Appeals. During his legal career, Brown focused on family and probate law, all aspects of real estate law, landlord tenant, and trusts and estates. He consistently volunteered as “Lawyer for the Day,” offering free legal advice to indigent people in the court system.
Brown has worked as an attorney for Nixon Peabody, LLP, Boston, MA focusing on Mergers and Acquisitions and Governmental Relations. He also served on the Board of Directors and as an Advisor to Kadant, Inc., Westford, MA and as an advisor to 1st Alliance Lending, LLP, East Hartford, CT, an organization aimed at helping low income citizens keep their homes.
An avid triathlete and musician, Brown recently competed in the World Triathlon Championships in Switzerland and played guitar for the fifth time with Hall of Fame Inductees Cheap Trick. Brown and his wife Gail have been married for 34 years and have two daughters, Ayla, a singer/songwriter and morning co-host of Country Channel 102.5 in Boston, and Arianna, a veterinarian. Brown earned a B.A. from Tufts University (cum laude) and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.