Robert F. Brown


Robert Brown is a founding partner of Brown & Hofmeister. Robert’s concentrated areas of practice include municipal law, constitutional law, civil rights, zoning and land use matters, as well as litigation and appellate work. Robert has argued multiple cases before the Texas Supreme Court on behalf of Texas cities. Additionally, he acts as city attorney for numerous North Texas municipalities.

A past Chair of the Federal Litigation Section of the Federal Bar Association (1994-98). Robert is a frequent author and speaker on civil rights and land use matters, with more than 100 articles and presentations to his credit. D Magazine recognized Robert as one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas” for 2007, 2008, and 2009.

Areas of Practice:

  • State and Federal Litigation
  • State and Local Government Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Litigation
  • Land Use and Zoning

Bar Admission

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Texas Tech University School of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • Honors: Board of Barristers; National Mock Trial Team
  • Texas A & M University
  • Bachelor of Business Administration

Published Work

Individual Immunity Defenses Under Section 1983, Sword & Shield: A Practical Approach to Section 1983, Third Edition, Chapter Nine (American Bar Association)

Update on Exactions: The Texas Experience, Institute on Planning, Zoning and Eminent Domain, Chapter Four (Matthew Bender & Co.)

Texas Supreme Court Decides Takings Issue in Sheffield and Stafford, Texas City Attorneys Association Newsletter, Summer Edition (Texas Municipal League)

Texas Courts Land ‘One-Two’ Punch Against Cities in Two Landmark Land-Use Decisions, Texas City Attorneys Association Newsletter, Spring Edition (Texas Municipal League)

Recent Developments in Government Operations, Liability, Transportation and Public Employment, The Urban Lawyer, Volume 33, Number 4 (American Bar Association)

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Bar Association, State and Local Government Law Section
Chair, Government Operations, Liability, Transportation and Public Employment Committee,
Vice Chair, Programs, Government Liability Committee

Federal Bar Association
Chair, Federal Litigation Section,
Editor of Section Newsletter, Sidebar,
President, Dallas Chapter,
Member, Federal Rules Procedure Committee,
Member, State and Local Government Relations Section

National Order of Barristers

Texas City Attorneys Association

Dallas Bar Association

Brown and Hofmeister has a proud tradition helping
North Texas municipalities achieve their goals.