Our Team

Andrew Brown, Attorney

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Andrew Brown provides legal services in both Spanish and English to a wide variety of business entities and individuals in all manner of business and commercial disputes. He practices in both state and federal court. His experience includes litigation, arbitration, mediation and negotiation.

Andrew grew up in Austin, and learned Spanish while living in Costa Rica, Honduras, and Chile. He graduated from The University of Texas School of Law in 2002, having served as Submissions Editor on the Texas International Law Journal. He passed the bar exam on the first try, and was fortunate enough to serve as law clerk to the Honorable Randy Crane, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas. During law school, Andrew spent one summer interning for federal judge Gabriel Cavallo in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Andrew has the experience needed to serve the needs of businesses and individuals in the legal arena–Andrew worked as a litigation associate for one of the largest law firms in the world, DLA Piper US LLP, and later for Texas law firm Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, PC, before starting The Brown Firm, PLLC in May, 2011.

Andrew enjoys gardening, politics, and running with his dog Houdini. He has a blackbelt in Taekwondo, and once received a bloody nose while sparring with US Olympic Gold Medalist Steven Lopez.

Admissions:
All Texas State Courts
United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Memberships and Activities:
Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star listing, 2010, Thomson Reuters Legal
State Bar of Texas
Austin Bar Association
Hispanic Bar Association of Austin
KLRU-NEXT Founding Member
KLRU Development Committee
500 Club Austin, Charitable Giving Circle, Founding Member
Seton Forum, Member
Black Belt in World Taekwondo Federation (Olympic-Style) Taekwondo.

Education:
J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 2002
Submissions Editor, Texas International Law Journal
B.A., Colorado College, 1994


Ashley Applewhite, Of Counsel 
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Ms. Applewhite obtained her Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas, where she was a member of the school’s Administrative Law Moot Court Team. She earned her bachelor’s degree in International Studies with minors in Journalism and History from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. She also studied Spanish at Tec de Monterrey in Guadalajara, Mexico.

In 2012, Ms. Applewhite was honored by the State Bar of Texas Pro Bono College, which recognizes attorneys who have exceeded the State Bar’s aspirational pro bono legal goal in their efforts to address the vast unmet legal needs of the poor. She also served on the Board of Directors for Prevent Child Abuse Texas from 2004 until 2007.

Originally from Canton, Texas, Ms. Applewhite lives with her husband Jason, daughter Georgia, two dogs and two cats. In her spare time she enjoys running, traveling, reading, and college football.

Admissions:
Texas, 2007
California, 2012
U.S. District Court Northern District of California
U.S. District Court Southern District of California
U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court Western District of Texas

Practice Areas:
Commercial Litigation
Construction Defect Litigation
Products and Premises Liability
Contract Disputes

Other Affiliations:
State Bar of Texas
State Bar of California

Education:
South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, 2007, J.D.
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, 2004, B.A.
Major: International Studies
Minor: Journalism, History


Jonathan W. Charnitski, Of Counsel

JWC HeadshotJonathan W. Charnitski represents individuals and businesses from entity formation to ongoing legal compliance and governance. Previously, he covered
telecommunications and intellectual property as a journalist on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., worked for Fannie Mae in governance and compliance during the housing market recovery, and was involved as an attorney in large-scale litigation and government investigations. He has been practicing law in Austin since 2013.

Mr. Charnitski received his J.D. in 2008 from Villanova School of Law outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was President of the Intellectual Property Law Society and research assistant for Professor Penelope Pether. He holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Washington in Seattle, where he earned national recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists as an opinion writer and from the Associated College Press as Editor-in-Chief of The Daily.

In his spare time, Mr. Charnitski enjoys playing guitar, running, rooting for the Washington Huskies, and attempting to tame his back yard with his wife.

Admissions:
State Bar of Texas

Practice Areas:
Business Formation
Intellectual Property
General Counsel

Education:
Villanova School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2008, J.D.
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 2003, B.A. 


Madeline Renbarger, Legal Assistantmadmushead (2)

Madeline Renbarger provides administrative assistance as well as client relations and development for The Brown Firm. She was born and raised in Austin, Texas, and attended Scripps College with a focus in Media Studies. Before her work with The Brown Firm, she worked leading media and online outreach for local nonprofits in Claremont, California. In her free time she enjoys hiking, cooking, traveling, and old movies.