About
Nathan...
Nathan A. Brown

You could say that Nathan Brown has always been on the fast track. As a high school student, he took classes at a local community college to be more competitive on the school’s mock-trial team. Those classes earned him enough extra credit that by the time he graduated from high school he was able to begin his college education at UCLA as a junior. After graduating from UCLA in two years, he entered grad-school at Long Beach State (California State University at Long Beach) where he earned a master’s degree in public administration, in just two years. At age 21, he had already completed his primary, secondary and post-graduate education studies, finishing with a 4.0 grade point average.

Today, fresh out of another round of post-graduate work—law school at Chapman University—he’s taking on a new life challenge as an attorney with Benthale, McKibbin and McKnight.

"I think my motivation for becoming an attorney started when I was on the mock-trial team at high school and from taking some law classes at the community college," says Nathan. "I’ve always thought about going into public service in the long-term, and a vast majority of successful public servants have a law background."

That said, Nathan did not jump right into law school. Shortly after graduating from Long Beach State, he read a book about pursuing a career in law that advised prospective law students should to be absolutely sure about their career choice before entering law school.

"The book suggested that you do three things before entering law school. The first was to try graduate school, the second was to travel, and the third was to work in another vocation," says Nathan. "I’d finished grad school, and I took some time to travel, and then I worked for two and a half years for the Department of Public Health in Riverside County. By that time, I was more than sure I wanted to become an attorney."

While attending law school, Nathan served as a law clerk on an in-house basis with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. It was there that he caught a glimpse of the complexities of workers’ comp law.

"I liked the atmosphere of workers comp defense," says Nathan. "There’s a great amount of interpersonal interaction that I felt familiar with from competing on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board at Chapman. It’s an area of the law that I feel I can make a difference and produce consistent positive outcomes."

Nathan joined the Santa Ana Office of Benthale, McKibbin and McKnight in February of 2013, after interviewing with several other firms.

"I was impressed with the partners during the interview process," says Nathan. "As a new attorney, I was looking for some mentoring and they all stood out to me as being capable of that. I thought ‘these are people I’d like to work with’."

Outside of work, Nathan enjoys "exploring" new restaurants with his wife Jenny. They also enjoy kayaking in a nearby marina. For the past few years, Nathan has also volunteered as a mediator for Community Service Programs, Inc. (CSP, Inc.) in Orange County. His latest fast track pursuit is learning how to speak Mandarin Chinese so he can better converse with his in-laws.

"They all speak at least two or three languages each, and I would just like to be able to keep up with everyone," he says.

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