Jim Brown was born in 1945 in Trenton, N.J., and was brought up in Merrick, N.Y., where he graduated from Sanford H. Calhoun High School in 1963 and played football, baseball and basketball. He received a B.A. degree in 1968 from Hofstra University and was a member of the Pre-Law Society. He received a J.D. degree in 1972 from Fordham University School of Law. He began his legal career in 1972 serving as an assistant district attorney and then a district attorney with New York County. In 1978, he became a partner with the law firm of Bower & Gardner in New York City. In 1994, he joined Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker as a partner and retired in 2015. Jim and his wife Peggy live in Darien and have two children and six grandchildren. He is a member of the Tokeneke Club and the American College of Trial Lawyers, and he enjoys reading and spectator sports.