Paul M. Brown was one of the original four co-founders of Lafayette Preparatory Academy. He has been continuously involved with the school from the first informal meetings of the original co-founders in 2010 to discuss the idea of organizing a charter school to serve neighborhoods in and near downtown St. Louis, progressing to regular meetings of a larger Steering Committee over the course of about two years, through incorporation of the school, and finally obtaining approval of the school’s charter by the State of Missouri and opening the school in 2013. Paul has served as a member of LPA’s board of directors since the school was incorporated and was LPA’s first treasurer and also chaired the board’s real estate committee. In 2016, Paul received the Missouri Public Charter School Association's Charter School Advocate of the Year Award.
Paul is an attorney. Today, he serves as Chief Counsel – Litigation in the Office of the Missouri Attorney General. In that role, Paul leads a team of 40 lawyers, paralegals, and administrative staff in defending lawsuits that are brought against the State of Missouri, its agencies, departments, and employees, including state-wide elected officials, legislators and judges. Before joining the Attorney General’s Office in 2020, Paul was a partner for more than 35 years at Thompson Coburn, LLP, in downtown St. Louis, where he focused his law practice on the trial of civil lawsuits in state and federal court in Missouri and Illinois.
Paul was inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates in 2005 and has been recognized as one of the Super Lawyers of Missouri® and Best Lawyers in America®, including “Lawyer of the Year” in 2015 for Class Action and Mass Tort Litigation in St. Louis. In addition to his law practice, Paul served for four years as an adjunct professor of law at St. Louis University School of Law.
Paul has worked in downtown St. Louis for more than 40 years. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis, former co-chair of the Downtown Residents Council, and has served for more than nine years as Chair of Lawyers for City Neighborhoods, a committee of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis that works on vacant and nuisance property issues. He is a past recipient of the St. Louis Bar Foundation’s “Spirit of Justice Award” and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis “President’s Award.” In 2013, he was named by the St. Louis Small Business Weekly as one of the “100 People in St. Louis You Need to Know.”