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T. Alan Brown, 79, trial attorney for more than 50 years

Feb. 4, 1939 – Dec. 24, 2017

T. Alan Brown, a trial attorney for more than 50 years, died Dec. 24 after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 78.

Born in Buffalo, he was a 1956 graduate of Canisius High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1960 from John Carroll University in Cleveland. He completed his juris doctor degree in 1963 at Fordham University Law School, where he was a member of Gamma Eta Gamma legal fraternity, and was admitted to the bar later that year. He served for six years in the Army Reserve.

In 1964, Mr. Brown joined his father in the downtown Buffalo law firm of Adams, Brown, Starret & Maloney and was associated with the firm, now Roach, Brown, McCarthy & Gruber, for more than 50 years, including 20 years as managing partner. His focus was on medical insurance defense.

He was deputy treasurer and treasurer of the Erie County Bar Association. For more than 30 years, he was active in its Lawyers Helping Lawyers Committee, serving for a time as its chairman. He was a former director of the Western New York Trial Lawyers Association. Also a member of the Erie County Bar Association Foundation, he was its president in 2008-09.

Mr. Brown’s family has been deeply involved in the legal profession for three generations. His father and mother, Edmund S. Brown and Katherine Welch Brown, were attorneys, as were his late brother, Edmund S. Jr.; and his late brother-in-law, Daniel T. Roach, both partners in his firm.

His wife of 51 years, the former Marla DePan, also is an attorney, as is one of his sons, Thomas A. II.

In addition to his wife and son, survivors include another son, Edward F.; a sister, Marcia Krohn; and six grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Joseph University Catholic Church, 3269 Main St.

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