Russ Brown, a Highly Respected Attorney Renowned for His Work and Advocacy for Motorcyclists Has Died
Los Angeles, California, January 11, 2021 – (PR.com) – Legendary attorney Russ Brown, best known for his savage advocacy of injured motorcyclists, died at his Los Angeles home with his wife Hana and daughter Lauren by his side on January 10, 2021. He was 86 years old.
A celebrated figure in the US motorcycle community, Russ Brown has been a passionate rider advocate for over 40 years. He was known to everyone in the industry, first as a motorcyclist and then as a lawyer. His caring for motorcyclists was so ingrained in his life that he spent most Sundays at the famous Rock Store, a restaurant popular with motorcyclists and celebrities in the Santa Monica Mountains, where he gave free legal advice.
Born on July 22nd, 1934 in San Jose, California, Russ became a passionate rider when he got his first bike at age 16. He immediately began riding motorcycles on a quarter mile dirt road behind a friend’s farm in Santa Maria, California. In the mid-1950s, he joined a motorcycle club called the Santa Maria Owls. Russ graduated from UCLA with a BA in Marketing, and after working his way up in Corporate America, Russ decided he wanted to do something more fulfilling, so he went back to school and got his law degree.
When he started practicing law, he noticed a worrying trend: insurance companies were taking advantage of injured motorcyclists. This angered Russ to the point where he decided to protect other motorcyclists, which would be his life’s work, and he became one of the first “motorcycle lawyers” in the country. Russ was also a founding member of ABATE of California and a member of the board of directors, legal advisor to the Southern California Motorcycle Association, a major financial contributor to the Motorcycle Rights Foundation, and a member from the start.
Very few people have fought harder for motorcyclists and their freedoms over the years than Russ Brown. When mandatory helmet laws were introduced across the country, Russ Brown campaigned for bikers and their right to ride freely. He immediately launched a campaign to promote the cause, developed a pocket guide to help all bikers understand their rights, and even appeared on the Today Show to debate California MP Richard Floyd on the matter.
Russ broke down in the early 1980s while riding a motorcycle 100 miles from home. Stranded and alone in a remote area, Russ came up with the idea of BAM, known at the time of its inception as Bikers Against Manslaughter, a nationwide volunteer program of riders helping riders break down.
Russ Brown’s clear advocacy for motorcyclists led him to be inducted into the 2013 Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame and named after him on the iconic Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, South Dakota. Russ Brown Drive brings motorcyclists from the CrossRoads and the Sturgis Rider Café® to the iconic Sturgis Buffalo Chip, where some of the music industry’s biggest acts perform at the biggest motorcycle music festival.
“Russ Brown, with whom I had the privilege of practicing law for 15 years, was one of the most decent, caring, and honorable people I have ever known. Russ was an advocate and innovator in this area of motorcycle law, its care and Care for his customers and passengers in everything he did was evident. Russ’ creation and development of BAM – Motorcycle Roadside Assistance – is a testament to his dedication to the wellbeing of motorcyclists. I can state without reservation that Russ is is fully committed to his clients, who he has treated with the utmost care and integrity. He has always put the best interests of his clients before all else, and this has been demonstrated in the excellent results Russ has achieved and his handpicked network of Lawyers that I have had the privilege of being one of. Russ was aware of the obstacles injured motorcyclists face in Persone cases Damage was frequently faced, but he was undaunted in his efforts to see that Ju stice was done and would never be afraid to go the distance on behalf of his clients and their families. Russ was truly unique and he will be missed very much by me and the members of the motorcycle community to whom he has given so much. May his memory be a blessing. “- David F. Everett, retired attorney currently serving as a judge on the New York State Supreme Court.
“Russ Brown was an exceptional person who cared very much about his family, his staff and the motorcycle community. Russ put his passion and care for motorcyclists before profit, which cannot be what many others claim. He was the original.” Motorcycle lawyer, ‘and no one can replace him. He had a monumental impact on my life and I am forever grateful that he took me under his wing as my mentor, my father figure and my dear friend. “- Audrey Nesbitt, SpinSpirational Marketing & PR.
A Celebration of Life event for Russ Brown is being planned by the Brown family at a later date.
Russ is survived by his wife Hana, three children Aaron, Lauren, and Allison, grandchildren Sevaun, Devyn, Weston, and Sawyer, sister Carol, and several nieces and a nephew.
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