William E. Brown

Chalmers, Adams, Backer & Kaufman, LLC

Attorneys | Brown

Personal Experience & Biography

William is a member of the firm’s Atlanta, Georgia office, where he focuses on business litigation, employment litigation, and government contracting, while providing advice on corporate and franchise matters including corporate formation, regulatory compliance, and governmental affairs. William provides advice to clients on compliance with cybersecurity, privacy, consumer protection, and regulations related to the use of Artificial Intelligence. William is experienced in developing and maintaining change management and compliance programs to ensure clients proactively comply with applicable laws and regulations.

Before joining Chalmers, Adams, Backer & Kaufman, LLC, William served as Assistant General Counsel at USAA at the corporate headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, where he advised the USAA Federal Savings Bank on regulatory matters, legal risk mitigation, and compliance management. Before USAA, William served as a Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army JAG Corps legal officer, where he provided legal advice in areas including litigation, government contracting, labor and employment law, regulatory compliance, and administrative ethics investigations. While on active duty, William was appointed and served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma. Amongst other distinguished awards and accommodations, William was awarded Bronze Stars for combat duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan while providing legal advice to military commanders.

William graduated from Vanderbilt University where he attended as a student-athlete on the varsity football team. He earned a Juris Doctorate (JD) from St. Louis University School of Law, completed a Master of Law (LL.M) in Civil and Administrative Law from the U.S. Army Legal Center, earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from St. Mary’s University Greehey School of Business, completed a Master of Military Arts and Science (MMAS) from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and earned an L.LM in Legal Risk and Compliance Management from Texas A&M University School of Law where he graduated with honors.

William is licensed to practice law in Georgia, Texas, and Missouri.


  • Business Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Corporate/Transactional
  • Government Contracting
  • Cybersecurity Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Family Law and Estate Planning
  • Veterans Benefits and Military Law


  • Admitted to Georgia Bar, 2006
  • Admitted to Texas Bar, 2016
  • Admitted to Missouri Bar, 1999
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Services
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Federal District Courts, Northern District of Georgia


  • Vanderbilt University, B.S.
  • St. Louis University School of Law, J.D.; Certificate – Labor & Employment Law
  • Texas A&M University School of Law, LLM
  • St. Mary’s University Greehey School of Business, MBA
  • Kennesaw State University, Certificate – Alternative Dispute Resolution/Civil Mediation
  • U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Master in Military Arts and Science


  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Gate City Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • National Bar Association
  • Association of Corporate Counsel
  • Judge Advocate Association
  • Member, Roswell Rotary Club
  • American Legion
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Neutral, Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution
  • Former Board Member, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central Texas
  • Former Chair, Military Law Section, National Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Masters Leadership Program
  • Board of Directors, Texas State Office of Risk Management
  • Board of Directors, LiftFund Community Investment Fund