Arthur Chapman Mark S. Brown
  • Mark S. Brown
  • Shareholder
  • Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak & Pikala, P.A.
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 612-375-5926  direct dial
  • 612-339-7655  fax

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Mark has the distinct advantage and privilege of having been exposed to a vast array of substantive legal matters.   Clients call on Mark and his experience litigating, trying, arbitrating, and arguing a variety of cases from appellate panel cases involving fires, fraud, No-Fault issues, dog bites, sex abuse, wrongful death, trucking law, complex tort, slip-and-falls, UM/UIM, products liability, municipal law, malpractice, lead exposure, construction defect and site accidents. Mark also works with railroad clients to defend against FELA and other claims.   Mark’s varied background uniquely positions him to respond promptly and accurately to the needs of clients, whatever those needs may be.

Mark is described as tenacious and is as comfortable in the court room as he is assisting a client behind-the-scenes to resolve a matter. Mark has several trial successes under his belt and continues to use his growing court room experiences to guide clients to the most successful outcome possible.


  • "Effectively Communicating the Plan - An Essential Part of Leading a Significant Accident Investigation," Railroad Accident Investigation Seminar, Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A., October 2015
  • “Evolution of Additional Insured Coverage: New ISO Changes, Statutory Amendments, Court Cases, and Their Practical Implications,” Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A., Minnesota Construction Law Seminar, October 2013
  • “The 411 on Minnesota Subrogation and Indemnity Principles and Handling School Bus Accidents,” and “Auto-Related Panel Discussion,” Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A., Minnesota Automobile Law Seminar, September 2013
  • “Commercial Vehicle Coverage Issues,” Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A., Minnesota Insurance Coverage Seminar, May 2013


Hamline University School of Law, J.D., 1990 (Honors: cum laude)
Minnesota State University, B.A., 1986

Bar Admissions

Minnesota, 1992
Wisconsin, 2002
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 1995
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1996
U.S. Supreme Court, 1997

Professional Associations and Memberships

Claims & Litigation Management Alliance 
Defense Research International
Hennepin County Bar Association
Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (MDLA) - Construction Law Committee
Minnesota State Bar Association
National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
Trucking Industry Defense Association