2020 Recipient

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Where presented : 
Exemplar Award Dinner
Recipient(s) name: 
Marcus Brown, Entergy Corporation
Reason for selection of recipient(s): 

Marcus V. Brown, Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Entergy Corporation, was recognized for his extraordinary leadership in promoting equal justice for all. At Entergy, Marcus sees having a positive social impact and promoting sustainability as a core business strategy, leveraging increased commitment and resources in pursuit of equal justice. As general counsel, he spearheaded an initiative designed to engage 100% of his team participating in pro bono work each year, tying pro bono service to annual performance reviews. Of particular note is Entergy’s work with the Orleans Parish Civil District Court and the Louisiana Civil Justice Center to support the Self Help Resources Center, serving New Orleans area low-income and otherwise vulnerable domestic court litigants.

Under his guidance, Entergy’s commitment to pro bono excellence included the nearly unprecedented step of hiring a fulltime corporate pro bono counsel. Marcus encourages employees to take on community leadership roles, as well as engaging in extensive and intensive partnerships with local clinics, providing direct legal services to low-income individuals, and representing community serving non-profit organizations. The Minority Corporate Counsel Association, Corporate Counsel Magazine, Corporate Pro Bono Organization, and New Orleans Pro Bono Project have all recognized Entergy legal department’s extensive community impact.

At Entergy, a Fortune 500 utility company serving customers in the Gulf South, Marcus leads Entergy Corporation’s legal, ethics and compliance, corporate communications, federal policy, regulatory and governmental affairs, and corporate security and governance groups. He also serves as general counsel for Entergy Corporation providing counsel to the chairman and CEO, board of directors and senior management. Marcus has been with Entergy since 1995, and prior to that he was with Stone Pigman.

Having received his B.A. from Southern University A&M College and a Juris Doctor from the Southern University Law Center, where he was a member of the Law Review, Marcus also received his MBA from the Tulane University A.B. Freeman School of Business.

He also serves on the board of directors for Energy Insurance Mutual, the Advisory Board of the Tulane Center for Energy Law and the Advisory Council for the Louisiana State University Laborde Energy Law Center. He is a frequent lecturer and publisher on topics impacting the utility industry and the legal profession.