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Hon. Jacob Brown


Current Position

United States Bankruptcy Court
Middle District of Florida
300 North Hogan Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Tel: 904 3016490

Class: XXXII (2021)Circuit: Eleventh


Samford University Cumberland School of Law, J.D. (1998)
North Carolina State University, B.S. Chemical Engineering, Pulp & Paper Science & Technology (1994)

Professional Career

Judge Brown was sworn in on November 3, 2021 as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Florida with duty station in Jacksonville, Florida. Prior to becoming a judge, he spent over 20 years in private practice with Akerman LLP representing secured and unsecured creditors, committees, trustees, and debtors in bankruptcy, commercial litigation, and business law matters. Prior to private practice, he clerked for the Honorable Jerry A. Funk, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville Division.


The Florida Bar, Business Law Section (Executive Council Member; Chair, 2019-2020; Vice-Chair, 2018-2019; Treasurer, 2017-2018; Legislative Committee Chair, 2016-2017; Bankruptcy/UCC Committee, former Chair)
American Bankruptcy Institute, Member
The Florida Bar Foundation, Fellow
The Federal Bar Association, Jacksonville Chapter, Member
Jacksonville Bar Association, Member
The Chester Bedell American Inn of Court, Barrister 2009-2012; Master 2016 - Present
Jacksonville Bankruptcy Bar Association, Director, 2001-Present; Past Chairman, 2004-2005; Past President, 2003-2004
The Georgia Bar, Member
North Carolina State Pulp and Paper Foundation, Member

Prior Private Practice Affiliations:
United States Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida, Local Rules Lawyers’ Advisory Committee ((2016 – 2020 term))
Lex Mundi, Global Insolvency, Bankruptcy & Restructuring Practice Group (Global Chair, 2018-2020; Global Chair Elect, 2017-2018; Vice Chair - North America, 2013-2017)
Florida Fourth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission, 2016-2022, Commission Chair 2019-2020


Chambers USA, Ranked in Florida (South Florida) for Bankruptcy/Restructuring (2016-2020)
Super Lawyers Magazine, Listed in Florida for Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights and Bankruptcy: Business (2012-2020)
Florida Bar Business Law Section, Member of the Year Award (2017)
The Best Lawyers in America, Listed in Florida for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation - Bankruptcy, Litigation - Real Estate, and Commercial Litigation, including “Lawyer of the Year” in Jacksonville for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2011-2017, 2020-2021)
Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, Listed for Bankruptcy & Workout; Legal Elite Hall of Fame, 2019 (2010-2015)
Jacksonville Magazine, Listed in 904 Magazine’s “Top Lawyers” for Bankruptcy (2014)
Samford University Cumberland School of Law, Young Alumnus of the Year Award (2013)