Prominent entertainment attorney Frederick Brown passed away on Monday, August 29, 2011 in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer at age 56. Fred was an integral part of the Warner Bros. Records business affairs department for over 10 years, departing in 1999 to become the Sr. Vice-President of Business and Legal Affairs for Music at MGM. He was most recently in private practice.
Fred was born in San Francisco and served his country in the U.S. Army after high school graduation. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He received his law degree from Yale University and started his legal career at the law firm of Irell and Manella. He was active in many music industry, charitable and legal organizations including serving as President of the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA).
He is survived by his wife Liz McNicoll and son Nico Brown. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 10th, 12:30 p.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Church Of The Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, LA, CA 90068 . In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in honor of Fred to Tipitina’s Foundation, which provides New Orleans public schools with musical instruments and preserves the musical cultures of Louisiana, www.tipitinasfoundation.org, 504-309-7934.