Marcus V. Brown is executive vice president and general counsel of Entergy Corporation. Headquartered in New Orleans, Entergy is an integrated energy company that owns and operates regulated and merchant power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of generating capacity. The company’s Utility business serves nearly three million customers in four states in the U.S. Gulf South; its merchant portfolio, among the strongest in the country, comprises nuclear plants that primarily serve the country’s northeastern states, including the New York metropolitan area.
As general counsel, Brown is responsible for all legal, ethics and compliance matters affecting Entergy and its subsidiaries, including providing counsel to the chairman and CEO, board of directors and senior management. Brown leads the federal policy, regulatory and governmental affairs, and corporate communications groups and also leads the company’s approximately 75 attorneys in 10 jurisdictional offices and six practice groups, handling major transactions, regulatory proceedings, nuclear matters, ethics and compliance, litigation, environmental and employment issues.
Brown served as senior vice president and general counsel from January 2012 through August 2013; prior to that, he was vice president and deputy general counsel, where he was responsible for commercial and general litigation, affiliate rules compliance, bankruptcy, casualty litigation, consumer law, right of way, and records management.
Following hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike, Brown led the company’s effort to recover more than $500 million in insurance proceeds, which were critical to rebuilding the damaged electric and gas infrastructure of Entergy’s utility system. He was an instrumental member of the team that helped Entergy New Orleans successfully emerge from bankruptcy. Recently, he led the successful challenge to several Vermont statutes impacting the future operations of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.
Prior to joining Entergy in 1995, Brown practiced with the New Orleans-based Stone Pigman law firm.
Under Brown’s leadership, and in honor of its effective diversity and inclusion efforts, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association selected the Entergy Legal Department as its 2013 Employer of Choice-South Region. Following Brown’s 2012 initiative to increase the company’s commitment to provide legal assistance to some of its most vulnerable customers, the New Orleans Pro Bono Project named Entergy its 2013 Pro Bono Law Firm of the year. Entergy’s Legal Department was also a finalist in Corporate Counsel Magazine’s 2014 Best Corporate Legal Departments in America competition.
Brown 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. He received his MBA from the Tulane University A.B. Freeman School of Business in 2002.
Brown was honored with the SULC’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010 and was named to the SULC Alumni Hall of Fame in 2011. He is also a CareerFOCUS Magazine 2012 Eagle Award Recipient.
Brown serves on the Board of Trustees for the Norman Francis Leadership Institute 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.