Press Releases Sep 28, 2020

Partner John E. Brown Receives James H. Krieger Meritorious Service Award

Riverside County Bar Association Honors Long-Term Community Service

Best Best & Krieger LLP Partner John E. Brown was honored Saturday with the Riverside County Bar Association’s James H. Krieger Meritorious Service Award in recognition for his long history of service to the Riverside community.
In a virtual ceremony, Brown was given the award named for the BB&K partner who dedicated himself to the local and legal communities before his death in 1975.
BB&K Managing Partner Eric Garner introduced Brown, noting the personal meaning the award has for Brown given the impact Krieger had on him personally and professionally.
“While his achievements on behalf of his clients and the firm are many, John will always first point to his long history of community service when asked what work makes him most proud,” Garner said. “That is why this award is so meaningful to John – as the award’s namesake personally inspired John, and so many others, to give back to the community in impactful ways.”
In accepting the award, Brown talked about Krieger and other early firm leaders who instilled in Brown a passion for public law and the belief that giving back to the communities in which you work and live is important.
They “made community service a bedrock of becoming a successful lawyer in the firm,” Brown said. “It’s all about giving back to the communities in which we earn our living.”
Shortly after joining BB&K in 1975, Brown started volunteering for a weekly pro bono legal service clinic and was then recruited by several firm partners to join the community-wide effort to save the Mission Inn through the formation of the Mission Inn Foundation. He later served as the president of its Board of Directors for two terms.
John’s dedication to the Riverside community continued through his work on the boards of the Riverside Art Museum, the Riverside Downtown Partnership and the Riverside Public Library Foundation. He eventually served as chair to both the Downtown Partnership and the Public Library Foundation boards. He also served on the Evergreen Memorial Historic Cemetery and Friends of the California Citrus Park. He provides endless time and leadership in support of their efforts to preserve and enhance Riverside’s culture, history and community services.
In the early 2000s, John became chair of the City of Riverside’s Homeless Advisory Commission. During that time, the Commission developed an early “continuum of care” model that the Riverside City Council adopted and implemented. To this day, the City is served by the programs established by that model: fulltime street outreach teams; homeless shelters; a social service village called Hulen Place and a “housing first” initiative now being used throughout the State to address homelessness.
In addition to his local community service, John served as two-term treasurer and vice president of the California Historical Society Board of Trustees. He recently returned to the Historical Society Board. He is also currently president of the Board of Directors of the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts. He also serves as an appointed member of the City of Riverside’s Cultural Heritage Board.
Brown, who was named the 2019 Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year by the California Lawyers Association’s Public Law Section, dedicated his own time to other Southern California communities he served as city attorney and general and special counsel, as well as others.
“I am grateful to John because I know that our firm’s culture of giving is largely influenced by John’s passing on what he learned from Jim and other early BB&K partners,” Garner said. “John sets an example and provides encouragement to the many attorneys he’s mentored.”
Brown joins the prestigious list of BB&K attorneys and alum previously honored with this award: Eugene Best, Art Littleworth, Assemblyman John Babbage, Justice John Gabbert, Jack Clarke, Jr. and Judge Virginia Phillips.
At the ceremony, Clarke was also honored as the outgoing RCBA president while Garner was acknowledged for 25 years of RCBA membership. In addition, Partner Mark Easter was sworn in as the new treasurer of the RCBA Board.
The ceremony was streamed on Facebook by the RCBA.


Best Best & Krieger LLP is a national law firm that focuses on environmental, business, education, municipal and telecommunications law for public agency and private clients. With more than 200 attorneys, the law firm has 10 offices nationwide, including Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit or follow @BBKlaw on Twitter or @BestBestKrieger on Facebook.

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