You Miss Every Shot You Don’t Take
- Benjamin Hardy


Chris Brown has extensive knowledge in real estate, energy, water, land use, environmental, title insurance, non-profit, secured transactions/banking, and entity formation areas of law. Clients come to him for more than black-letter law; they seek out his over 30 years of experience, including his practical knowledge, and business understanding and application.  Chris’s clients find they not only achieve their goals, but they exceed them.

Establishing his reputation on the foundation of a friendly, welcoming and comforting personality, Chris likes creating and critical thinking where the end product is substantive, like a new facility or non-profit. His experience also includes representing landowners, developers, agriculture, energy companies, business owners, lenders, title companies, banks, non-profits, funeral and cemetery establishments, and government entities. Chris has guided private and public clients through all aspects of real estate and business transactions from acquisitions and financing, entity formation and guidance, to permitting and development, to the holding for investment or disposition for profit or reinvestment. In addition, should a dispute develop, he will work closely with the firm’s civil litigation and dispute resolution group to resolve the matter. His pragmatic approach allows his clients to achieve an objective in a cost-effective manner.

Chris has experience representing clients before city councils, board of supervisors, planning commissions, regulatory agencies and community organizations. The representation of his title company clients and their insureds in title and escrow litigation provides added value to his real estate clients. His environmental legal services include representing clients through all facets of regulatory and legal hurdles related to compliance and cleanup, including UST and superfund cleanups and regulatory violations. His representation of companies engaged in oil and gas, wind power, solar power and other alternative energy projects includes development, financing and operation. Chris takes great pride in being able to foresee hurdles in advance and taking early action to counter, in order to bring about his client’s goal, often time without the client even knowing how it could have turned out if he wasn’t so forward-thinking. His non-profit work gives also gives his life and career deep satisfaction.

Chris cherishes his family time, when he’s lucky enough to have time with his adult children, time with his wife, along with hiking, skiing, rafting, watching a good movie, Peloton cycling, walks, and having a good sense of humor to get through the stressful times of our work.


  • J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law
  • B.S., Occidental College

Areas Of Practice

Our real estate practice is one of the largest in the American West, including Arizona, California, Colorado and Nevada with experience in all aspects of the real estate development process, from due diligence, acquisition and finance, through land use permitting and entitlements, to leasing and sale.

Our business and finance attorneys represent national, regional and local clients participating in significant transactions.

We are the forward-thinking natural resources, energy and environmental law team that innovates to ensure industry and businesses successfully navigate the ever-changing regulatory climate.

Our experienced agricultural attorneys provide a broad range of assistance to clients, both domestically and internationally, in many areas of agribusiness and agricultural law.

For More Than 137 Years – Helping Our Clients Realize Their Vision For Responsible Development In The American West

Our attorneys provide full-service representation to alternative, renewable, and next-generation energy producers, developers, and manufacturers.


  • Environmental Law
  • Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Organizations
  • Title Insurance Law

Awards and Honors

  • Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated (the highest rating available), by Martindale-Hubbell

Articles and Presentations

Professional and community activities

  • Board Member, Fresno County Economic Development Corporation
  • Member, California Land Title Association
  • Steering Committee, Real Property Section Fresno County
  • Member, Real Property Section California State Bar
  • Member, American Planning Association
  • Member, Association of Environmental Professionals
  • Member, Funeral Director Association
  • Member, Interment Association of California
  • General Counsel, San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust, Inc.
  • Former General Counsel, Junior League of Fresno
  • Founder, Charter School
  • Member, Fresno Nonprofit Advancement Council’s Consultants Circle
  • Member, Leadership Fresno Class XI
  • General Counsel, Fresno State Alumni Association


  • California