2022 Russell E. Carlisle Advocacy Award Presented to Lorna Brown Burton
Lorna Brown Burton is the recipient of the 2022 Russell E. Carlisle Advocacy Award. The Russell E. Carlisle Advocacy Award is given annually to an advocate whose actions exemplify a personal and professional commitment to making justice available to the poor and disadvantaged. The Award was named after its first (1998) recipient, Mr. Carlisle himself. He was a lifelong champion of the rights of the poor and disadvantaged and was the first chairperson of the LAS Board of Directors in 1974.
A former Legal Aid Service of Broward County Board Chair herself, Lorna Brown-Burton has been a dynamic advocate and an active member of the legal community for years. She exemplifies the qualities that Russell Carlisle embodied, donating her time, talent and treasure to assist the most vulnerable members of our community. Not only is Lorna an extremely knowledgeable and talented pro bono attorney, she also has tirelessly volunteered her time and expertise for the betterment of the lives of our constituents. She participates at the local and state level in trainings, mentoring, advocacy and generally supporting legal aid programs. We are grateful for the work Lorna does in the community and pleased that she is the 2022 recipient of the Russell E. Carlisle Advocacy Award.
Lorna E. Brown-Burton is an “AV” rated attorney who is licensed to practice law in the State of Florida since 1987 and the Southern District of Florida since 1990. Ms. Brown-Burton’s primary area of practice is Workers’ Compensation Defense representing Employers/Self-Insureds/Carriers and she has experience in the areas of Labor and Employment, Social Security Disability and Foreclosure Defense. Ms. Brown-Burton also practices in the area of Bankruptcy Law representing individuals in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 petitions. Ms. Brown-Burton joined the firm of Lubell & Rosen, LLC in 2018 as a partner managing the Workers’ Compensation department. Prior to that Brown-Burton owned and operated her own MWBE/SBE firm from 2004 to 2014 when she co-founded Brown-Burton & DeMicco, PLLC.
Ms. Brown-Burton is a member of the Workers’ Compensation Section, Labor and Employment Section, and Business Law Section as well as the Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar, a former Board of Governors, Young Lawyers Division, Seventeenth Circuit representative, with a special appointment to the Board of Governors, Young Lawyers Division, for the 2002-2003 term and is a former elected President of the Young Lawyers Section of the Broward County Bar Association 1996-1997. Ms. Brown-Burton was elected to The Florida Bar Board of Governors as one of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Representatives for Broward County in 2012 and continues to serve as a 17th Judicial Circuit Board of Governors Representative, most recently re-elected to serve for 2021-2023. Lorna is a graduate of the University of Florida as well as Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law.
In her continuing community involvement, Ms. Brown-Burton was appointed to Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law Board of Governors in 2014 and continues to serve on that Board. Lorna is a member of: Leadership Broward Foundation where she served as an Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors; Broward Women’s Alliance where she served as President in 2015-2016; Rotary Fort Lauderdale South where she served as President 2015-2016; and Broward College Paralegal Advisory Board. Lorna was a charter member of the Women of Color Empowerment Institute (WOCEI) in 2010 and remains an active member, including serving on the Executive Planning Committee of the Women of Color Empowerment Conference. Lorna was appointed to the City of Coral Springs CRA Board for a 4-year term for 2014 to 2018 and reappointed for another 4-year term for 2018 to 2022. She also was a Board Member of The Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida where she served as Chair for 2013 to 2015 and was re-elected as Chair for 2015 to 2017 and again as Chair for 2017 to 2019.