J. Jeffrey Brown



Jeff Brown advises public and private companies on acquisitions, securities offerings and corporate governance matters. He also represents financial investors and management participants in private equity and venture capital transactions, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations and other complex transactions.
Jeff has been engaged in many high-profile transactions as an adviser to global companies including Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., CrossAmerica Partners LP, Phillips 66, Interactive Intelligence Group, Inc. and World Fuel Corporation. He has been named Indianapolis’ “Lawyer of the Year” by the Best Lawyers in America nine of the past 10 years in the areas of M&A, Private Equity, Venture Capital and Corporate Law. He is currently the city’s 2022 Private Equity “Lawyer of the Year.”

In addition to practicing law, Jeff is a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) charterholder and an active investor. Jeff and his wife, Helen, were profiled for their investment approach in Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine ("An Investing Success Story: Jeff and Helen Brown").


Bar Admissions

New York


University of Virginia School of Law
J.D. Order of the Coif (1987)

Georgetown University
M.B.A. (1984)

Indiana University, Bloomington
B.A. (1982)

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Civic Activities

  • Sigma Chi Fraternity, Lambda Chapter (IU) — House Board President
  • IU Alumni Inter-Fraternity Council — Board of Directors
  • Boy Scouts of America — Executive Board, Crossroads of America Council
  • Naples Reserve (Naples, Florida) — Finance Committee of the Board
  • Association for Corporate Growth — Past Director
  • Butler University College of Business — Past Member of Board of Visitors
  • The Penrod Society — Past President; Past Chairman of the Penrod Arts Fair
  • Indianapolis Museum of Art — Past Trustee
  • Indianapolis Opera — Past Director
  • Dance Kaleidoscope — Past Trustee
  • Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series — Class XVII


  • Chambers USA — Band 1: Indiana, Corporate/M&A
  • Best Lawyers® — Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions; Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law; and Venture Capital (Indianapolis Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year, 2018 and 2015; Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Lawyer of the Year, 2022, 2019, 2016 and 2012; Indianapolis Venture Capital Lawyer of the Year, 2021 and 2014); Indianapolis Lawyer of the Year in Corporate Law, 2020
  • Indiana Super Lawyers — Mergers & Acquisitions  
  • Indianapolis Business Journal — Forty Under 40 Award

Awards Methodology

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