Robert L. Brown
Robert represents emerging companies, which includes newly established companies as well as more mature companies seeking new markets. The issues faced by both groups of companies are strikingly similar – how to identify customers and suppliers, how to put together the management team to reach the new markets, and how to raise money to fund the entry costs.
For newly established companies, he is former chair of the Venture Connectors, which serves as a gateway for entrepreneurs, investors and team members. According to Venture Connectors, $96,087,406 was invested in 50 emerging, early stage and recent companies in 2017.
For more established companies, he serves in several capacities where he helps domestic companies reach new customers primarily in foreign markets. Robert is chair of the National District Export Council appointed by US Secretary of Commerce, chair of the Kentucky District Export Council, former chair of the Kentucky World Trade Center, former chair of the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana, and former chair of Crane House, a leading Asian cultural and business society. He was recently re-elected as chair of the Japan/America Society of Kentucky, and elected as treasurer of Sister Cities of Louisville.
On a global scale, he is 2018-2019 chair-elect of the American Bar Association, Section of International Law and its 20,000 members in over 100 countries. In 2018, he was included in the Insider Louisville’s Top 100: change-makers and ground breakers.
In addition to a law degree, he has earned MBA and MS in urban economics (Louisville), MS in Japanese business (Jochi University in Tokyo), and two PhDs in law and development (University of Cambridge and The London School of Economics and Political Science). Recently, he completed an LL.M. in world trade from the University of London. He has also passed the CPA exam.
He is admitted in Kentucky, New York, California, District of Columbia, England and Wales, and Hong Kong. From 1990-3, he was admitted as a foreign lawyer in Japan.
Recently, the Emperor of Japan conferred on Robert the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette in recognition of his efforts to strengthen ties between Japan and the United States. It is the highest honor awarded by the Japanese government to a foreigner.