Research Notes

stevenbrownSteven E. Brown

Steven E. Brown is the founding partner of Brown & Goodkin, a two-attorney firm in Westlake Village, CA which concentrates on federal employee rights. He received his BA from Columbia University and his JD from the University of Southern California, and is a member of the California State Bar. A former postal worker and native of the Washington D.C. area, Mr. Brown has represented and counseled thousands of federal employees. Current practice areas include workers' compensation (FECA); disability retirement (CSRS and FERS); employment disputes such as adverse actions (MSPB); employment discrimination (EEOC); and whistleblower protection (WPA and WPEA). Mr. Brown publishes a monthly e-newsletter on federal employee issues and has authored many articles, a number of which are available on the firm’s website, Mr. Brown is active in several nationwide attorney groups in the area of federal employee rights and benefits, including WILG (Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group – founding chair of FECA Section) and NELA (National Employment Lawyers Association).

Legal background/bar admissions:

  • 2001 U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • 2000, U. S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • 2000, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • 1999, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • 1986 U.S. Supreme Court
  • 1981, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • 1977, U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • Admitted to bar, 1973, California


University of Southern California (J.D., 1972)
Columbia University (A.B., 1968)


  • The State Bar of California
  • Ventura County and American Bar Associations
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (Federal Employee Rights Practice Group)
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Workers Injury Law & Advocacy Group (Co-Chair, FECA Section)

Special Agencies:

  • U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs and Employees' Compensation Appeals Board
  • U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board
  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Examples of successful cases:

  • Mark Griffin v. Dept. of Navy, 2004WL3087077 (PERSONNET) (11/26/04)
  • Carolyn Martinez v. OPM, 2004LW1699514 (PERSONNET) (11/10/04)
  • Carolyn Martinez v. OPM, 2004LW2777936 (PERSONNET) (06/30/04)
  • Mark Bumblis v. Dept. of Navy, 2004WL1699502 (PERSONNET) (06/10/04)
  • Mike Noble and U. S. Postal Service, PSBCA No. 5046 (08/26/04)
  • Mark Bumblis v. Dept. of Navy, 2003WL22778928 (PERSONNET) (11/12/03)
  • Kim R. Kiser, ECAB Docket #00-2442, Issued 03/5/02
  • Dennis Kretch, ECAB Docket #1997-1621, Issued 06/16/99
  • Mark Brandlin, ECAB Docket #94-325, Issued 11/24/95
  • William E. Crum, ECAB Docket #94-1024, Issued 11/20/95
  • Udella Billups, 41 ECAB 260 (1989)
  • Robert H. Evans, 39 ECAB 583 (1988)
  • Theodas Reed, 38 ECAB 488 (1987)
  • Armin Foster, 37 ECAB 702 (1986)
  • Crittenden v. OPM, 26 MSPR 152 (1985)
  • Beth P. Chaput, 37 ECAB 158 (1985)
  • Joyce E. Mister, 34 ECAB 1127 (1983)
  • Strickland v. Becks (1979) 95 CA3d Supp.18, 157 CR 656

Practice Areas:

  • Federal Workers’ Compensation (FECA)
  • Disability Retirement (CSRS/FERS)
  • Federal Employment (MSPB, Federal Courts)
  • Employment Discrimination (EEOC, Federal Courts)