Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court Announces Judge Brown’s Retirement


Lincoln, NE ( - Judge Ronald L. Brown will be retiring on Aug. 3, 2012 after serving 18 years on the bench of the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Court.The court extends its appreciation and thanks to Judge Brown for his many years of service.

Governor Ben Nelson appointed Judge Brown to the bench of the court on April 8, 1994. The court is composed of seven judges who are initially appointed by the governor and who then remain on the bench for successive six-year terms upon approval of the electorate. Judge Brown last stood for retention in November 2010.

Judge Brown served four years as presiding judge of the court. He was elected to begin his first term on July 1, 1997 and was re-elected to serve a second term, which continued through June 30, 2001. The presiding judge is selected from among the court's seven judges for a two-year term.

Judge Brown is a graduate of Dana College (BS, cum laude, 1974) and Creighton University School of Law (JD, 1977). He served as Douglas County Assistant Public Defender from 1977 to 1978 and worked in private practice from 1979 to 1994.

Following his retirement from the bench, Judge Brown will be returning to private practice with his son, Aaron, and son-in-law, Colin Theis, at the Omaha law firm of Brown and Theis, LLP.

A reception will be held in Judge Brown's honor on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Court, 1010 Lincoln Mall, Suite 100, in Lincoln.

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