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Deadly Instincts


Racquel Brown, ESQUIRE

Lawyer. Professor. Entrepreneurship Trainer.

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Undercover DEA Agent Darius Kramer received an assignment to infiltrate, expose and take down the deadliest and most elusive drug family in New York City. The job requires his expertise, strategic moves, and no mistakes. But the DEA is not aware of one critical piece of information: its agent is the pawn in a lethal strategic game, where making mistakes is the only certainty. Closing the case is a race against time; every opponent's move could mean death and each of Darius' moves could cost him his life.

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August 26, 2015

This afternoon, I walked my friend to the metro and bid her later. Never wanting to say goodbye as I hoped very much that it wouldn’t be long before we again walk and chat and laugh about the nothings in life. In a few hours, she will be on her way to Barcelona, Spain to commence her…



August 11, 2015

Some people wait a lifetime for a moment like this. I write this on the heel of my visit to Jamaica, my first stop on my international promotion of Deadly Instincts the novel and the movie.  Knots so tightly knit that I almost had second thoughts. I said almost because at least a decade of…


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July 28, 2015

I was talking to a friend yesterday who told me that at 53 years of age, he think he has found the one. The tone in which it was stated gave me pause that his thoughts were incomplete. “And….?” I followed behind him. “She’s 17 years younger.” To summarize the conversation, he went on to…


"Quality in a service or product is not what you put into it. It is what the customer gets out." - Peter Drucker

The Practice of Racquel Brown, ESQUIRE

Racquel Brown, ESQUIRE has been practicing law for two decades. Her approach is that of patiently and compassionately educating her clients every step of the way to ensure that they have the full understanding about all aspects of the situation. Her humble and unassuming approach quickly wins her the hearts of clients, so much so, she is often referred to as the “Family’s Lawyer,” or the “Lawyer with the Human Touch.” Over her two decades of practicing, Racquel has managed to zealously represent her clients in a manner such that the outcomes reflect what have been sought. Her satisfaction rate is exceptional. She credits God for being her managing partner.


Choosing the right business structure-LLCs, LLPs, LPs, Non-Profits, Joint Ventures, Close Corporations, is vital to the operation of the business you seek. Knowing the advantages and disadvantages of the State of your formation is crucial. The wording of your internal document for your business type is essential for a succession plan, which includes estate planning. Be wise and be informed about the major milestone in your life. Two decades of business formations, teaching business law and being and entrepreneur, hence alerting you of the pitfalls, are pivotal to have as you take that leap of faith. Racquel has formed endless companies, advised her clients from consultation to business formation and at times serving as counsel for their business needs. Regardless of the extent of your need, your first step is as essential as the idea that sparked the dream.

If you are interested in forming your first business or another, simply contact us to request a consultation.

Whether it is a government contract, non-disclosure agreement (NDA), legal separation agreement, propriety contract, general contract, non-compete contract, employment contract, Racquel has zealously represented her clients putting them an ease in assuring that their interests are fully represented.

If you are interested in having a contract written or reviewed, simply contact us to request a consultation.

COVID 19 has bring to the forefront the urgency of Estate Planning—the urgency of taking control of how your assets (or those that have been in your family for generations) get distributed and to whom they are distributed. It can help define your long-term care realities as well as protect your loved onesfrom the unexpected or even expected tragedies. It can reduce your estate tax liabilities, protect you from creditors, and your loved ones from their own destructive habits. More importantly, it can keep the government stay out of your affairs and save your loved ones tens of thousands in attorney fees.

It allows you to exercise your right in asserting your stands (even religious) on what doctors or family can or cannot do regarding your welfare, should you find yourself in such a situation where you have become incapacitated physically and or mentally. Alternatively, it allows you to appoint a trusted confident to exercise those decision making for you. These decisions also extend to everyday transactions in your life-financial, real estate, banking, and or all other facets.

If you are interested in taking the first step in the Estate Planning process, such as Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills/Advance Medical Directives, Medicaid Asset Protection Trusts, and (only in New York)-Estate Administration, simply contact us to request a consultation.

Resolving dispute is an art that requires patience, the skill of listening and uncovering what it is that each party seeks, enhancing the communication among them and then creating closure with which both sides can be satisfied. In the midst of the five-stage mediation process, communication and negotiation are the key. Over two decades, Racquel has negotiated endless cases from representing clients on the United States base in South Korea to mediating cases from universities to private parties’ conflicts. She is steady, fair and keeps ethics at the core. If you are interested in taking the first step in the mediation or negotiation process, simply contact us to request a consultation.

For two decades, Racquel has advocated for first time and multiple homeowners, first time and experienced investors, advocated for sellers, dealt with title issues and easements conflict. She has advocated zealously for tenants and represented landlords. She has represented the non-profit in gaining its first property for disabled and disadvantaged residents and she has represented corporations on just another short sale. As such, she has gained the unique perspective from all angles of real estate engagements. Her compassionate, patient and meticulous nature have led every client to be 100% satisfied.

If you are interested in taking the first step in buying your first home or 100th property, or in dispute with tenancy agreement, simply contact us to request a consultation.

"When you are building a startup, it’s difficult....You have to give 100%, and you have to be committed. Solving the problem has to be personal or else you’re going to disintegrate." - Sean Rad, Co-founder of Tinder, Inc.


Do it with passion or not at all. According to Ketan Pande, "Starting your business is like planting a sapling. First, you have to invest your time and money. Then, you must take care of it while expecting nothing in return. But when your startup blossoms, it makes all the patience and hard work worthwhile." As an entrepreneur herself who has been pricked by the thorns of a budding business and cushioned by its flowers, Racquel brings to her start up clients, specific experiences from the conceptual to the finished product. As a practicing business law attorney who specializes in business formations and at time serving as legal counsel for businesses, her firm will arm you with the legal, financial, and operational foundations required to start and assist in maintaining your business.

If you are interested in joining the family of small business owners, which makes up 99.9% of businesses in America, please contact us to request a consultation.

Journal Articles

Brown-Gaston, Racquel, Collier, Donovan, Y. 2023. New York City and Airbnb: The Ongoing War to Address the Need for Short-Term Renta Units, Journal of Business Cases and Applications, 41.

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Brown-Gaston, Racquel. 2021. Business Interruption Insurance in the Era of COVID-19, Verdict, 8-19

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Brown-Gaston, Racquel, Anyu, J. Ndumbe, 2020. The Case of Waymo v. Uber: The Detrimental Harm to the Evolution of Trade Secrets, Journal of Business Cases and Applications, 27 (01), 1-27

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Brown-Gaston, Racquel, Mohamad, Sepehri & Masopust, Lukas, 2019. The Implications and Impact Encountering Regulatory Policies in the Global arena: Same Case, Different Outcomes Google, European Union, and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, International Journal of Advanced Engineering and Management Research, 4 (01), 141-148

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Brown-Gaston, Racquel, 2017. The Unsuccessful Courting of Uber and the European Union,International Journal of Economics, Business and Management Research, 1(05), 418-424,

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Brown-Gaston, Racquel, and Sepehri, Mohamad, 2017. Volkswagen – When the Defiance of Business Ethics Laws Becomes the New Normal, International Journal of Social Science and Economic Research, 2(11), 5319-5332,

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1. Presenter, on "Ethics and Neutrality in Military Robots." Futures of Neutrality Conference, Washington, D.C., 2020.

2. Presenter on "The Case of Waymo v. Uber: The Detrimental Harm to the Evolution of Trade Secrets." AABRI International Conference, Washington, DC, 2019.

3. Presenter on “The Implications and Impact Encountering Regulatory Polices in the Global Arena: Same Case, Different Outcomes. Google Versus European Union and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission” Academic and Business Research Institute International Conference, St. Augustine, FL, 2018.

4. Presenter on "Volkswagen – When the Defiance of Business Ethics Laws Becomes the New Normal" The Academy of International Business – US Southeast Chapter Conference, Washington, DC, 2017

5. Panelist on “Women in Business,” Arise Relevance Conference, Atlanta, GA, 2017

6. Presenter on "Education, Leadership and Transformation for Progress," International Conference of the Spanish Speaking African Diaspora, Cali, Colombia, 2016

7. Panelist on "Thought Leader in Entrepreneurship," University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC, 2015


Humberto Garces

We are a minority construction company who seeks constant contract reviews for our bids. Racquel's ability to dissect and translate to us every segment of the contracts with recommendation, has been pivotal in our growth.

Green Construc]on LLC, CEO

Dauneg Samuda

With the loss of my client’s parents and sole sibling and millions in an estate, but unable to care for himself, we hired Racquel to sort through things. Not only did she create a trust and took us through everything step by step, her caring and nurturing ways had it such that even as years go by, she still calls to check upon him. A human touch from a dynamic attorney.

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Sherma Pollard

The memories of purchasing my first home will also bring a smile to my face. The daun]ng stories I heard cannot be one that I repeat because with Racquel as my lawyer, I felt complete ease. It is not often that an attorney feels like a friend and still follows up even after the closing. Yes, I have and will continue to refer her without hesitation.

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E-mail: rbrown@racquelbrownesquire.com

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