For almost two decades, Christopher Brown, Esq. ., as the chair of Dowling Aaron Incorporated’s Funeral and Cemetery Legal Department. During this period, he has represented the Alderwoods Group (California), Inc. (fka Loewen Group International, Inc.) in nearly all their legal and regulatory matters in California, including its purchases, sales and various licensing. Moreover, Brown has represented several independent funeral establishments and cemeteries throughout the State of California. His real estate and business law practice has coupled well with his funeral and cemetery practice. With Dowling Aaron Incorporated being one of the largest business law firms in central California, Brown has the unique ability to provide efficient and effective legal services for the funeral and cemetery industry.
Moreover, Brown has served on the board of directors of the Central Valley Funeral Directors Association, and is a member of the Cemetery and Mortuary Association of California and the California Funeral Directors Association. He has lectured at California Funeral Directors Association’s conventions and local meetings. Below is a sampling of Brown’s areas of practice:
- Funeral and Cemetery Regulatory Compliance: Working with State officials and local establishments on licensing applications and violations, including settlements involving funeral and cemetery trust funds.
- Funeral and Cemetery Transactional Matters: Handling the acquisition, merger, sale and liquidation of funeral and cemetery locations, including, but not limited to, leases, real estate purchases, local permitting (e.g., conditional use permits, waivers, etc., for various types of uses, including crematories).
- Funeral and Cemetery Litigation: The size and full service nature of Dowling Aaron Incorporated’s practice groups make it one of the few knowledgeable and capable firms to cover and oversee funeral and cemetery litigation, including, but not limited to, third party suits and internal employee disputes.
In sum, Brown’s extensive experience in the funeral and cemetery industry’s ins and outs combined with his firm’s broad base of practice areas, including, but not limited to, real property, municipal law, land use, business entities, employment and environmental matters, provides efficient, thorough and cost effective legal and regulatory assistance throughout the State of California.