About Us

Offering a Broad Range of Legal Representation to the San Joaquin Valley Community

Steven L. Brown and Douglas A. Gessell both came from insurance defense law firms.  Having been on the defense side of litigation, they wanted to create a law firm representing individuals and families with serious personal injuries and challenges and needing real help.

They decided on a location that was central to California and the San Joaquin Valley. Stockton allowed them to provide representation to a broad range of clients. Mr. Gessell and Mr. Brown are both bilingual, with Mr. Gessell being commissioned as a consulting attorney with the Mexican Consulate in Sacramento. 

Both bring a wealth of experience in the areas of medical malpractice and personal injury cases. The firm started as two partners and one secretary and has grown into a staff of four.  Both Mr. Brown and Mr. Gessell came from larger firms, and they envisioned a personal form of representation from the start of a case to its completion.  Your attorneys at Brown & Gessell are the same attorneys that will manage and direct your case from inception to resolution.

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Our Attorneys

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Steven L. Brown

A Medical Malpractice Attorney

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Douglas A. Gessell

A Personal Injury Attorney in Stockton

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Large Firm Experience – Small Firm Attention

Brown & Gessell began in 2005.  Steven Brown and Douglas Gessell both came from larger firms. They wanted to create a firm that was personal and focused on each client.  They combined the good from the larger law firm experience and the client-focused approach of a smaller firm.  They have handled thousands of cases and taken many to trial.  They cooperatively work on all cases all the way to settlement or trial.  They have more than fifty years of combined personal injury experience.

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Aggressive Representation

We take great pride in our work and put our best individual and collective effort into each case. Often firms will impersonally mill cases through in great numbers. In this office, each case is treated with equal importance, effort, and attention.

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  • The firm’s focus is exclusively personal injury litigation. This allows a clear focus on your case.
  • Both partners have worked their entire careers in the area of personal injury and medical malpractice litigation. This background provides the foundation necessary to evaluate and prosecute your case thoroughly.
  • Steven L. Brown has dedicated his career almost exclusively to the field of medical malpractice. His familiarity with the field of medicine is invaluable.
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Values and Principles

We take great pride in ensuring that the firm is based on the values and principles of honesty, hard work, and dedication. While others might ignore these qualities, we embody them.