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Larry Brown Receives the 2019 PDC Richard Pearson Award

Award Presented to Larry Brown at the 2019 PDC Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C.


December 12, 2019 (McLean, VA) The Professional Development Consortium, Inc. (PDC) is pleased to announce that Larry Brown is the recipient of the 2019 PDC Richard Pearson Award.

This award was established in memory of Richard Pearson, long-time PDC member and board member and stalwart in the legal professional development community. Pearson, whose previous positions included serving as Chief Learning & Development Officer at Davis Wright & Tremaine LLP in Seattle, died suddenly in March of 2014 while rowing, one of his passions. Richard left behind an impressive legacy of innovation and collaboration as a legal PD professional, and this award is given to someone who demonstrates the qualities Richard brought to the PDC: an innovative spirit, a demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring, and a passionate, life-long love of learning. The award was presented on December 4, 2019 at the PDC Winter Meeting held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, DC.

Larry Brown is the Senior Learning & Development Manager at Atrium, an innovative, start-up law firm and technology company headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area. In his role at Atrium, Larry is responsible for building the firm’s PD program as well as coaching attorneys, legal staff and other key employees. Prior to joining Atrium, Larry spent 35 years at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati where he founded and led the training and professional development department.

Larry is a recognized thought-leader in the learning and development space. A gifted and empathetic listener, he and his teams have built industry-leading corporate universities and developed and delivered impactful learning solutions that have improved performance and expanded professional relationships at all levels.

“Larry Brown was nominated a record eight times for this year’s award. It is an honor to celebrate him and continue to honor Richard’s lasting legacy within our industry,” said Milana Hogan, PDC Chair. “Larry is the kind of person who is highly motivated by the idea of helping others and is deeply committed to advancing our profession. We are delighted to honor Larry for his accomplishments and contributions to the legal professional development community.”

For more information about PDC, please contact Kathy Bradley, the PDC’s Managing Director, at or 703-506-2027.