Martha C. Brown

Martha C. Brown

From Martha’s interview for the Masters of Estates & Probate series on

Martha began her career working in Probate matters, including Guardianship cases. As she built her practice, she began working with Medicare and Medicaid matters. By 1994, she had an Elder Law practice, although at the time, she didn’t realize what it was. Since that time, she has expanded her practice to include Estate Planning, Long Term Care Planning, Medicaid Planning, Medicare, Incapacitation Issues, and End of Life Decision Making, all in which encompass the area of Elder Law.

In the beginning of her practice, there were very few other Elder Law attorneys in St. Louis and she was one of them. Martha enjoys working with clients and their families. She thinks it is a very satisfying practice area because of her ability to work closely with and assist families help various family members.

Ms. Brown has been practicing in the field of Elder Law for over 25 years and is a Certified Elder Law Attorney* as certified by the National Elder Law Foundation.

Ms. Brown is active in various Elder Law committees and associations. Ms. Brown served for eight years on the St. Louis County Disciplinary Committee for the Missouri Supreme Court, which is a committee that handles disciplinary matters involving attorneys. A complete list of her professional affiliations is listed below.

Ms. Brown has received numerous awards for her work with the elderly and disabled, including the 2008 Powley Award, presented to a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, who is recognized in their community as a leader in promoting a greater understanding of the rights and needs of elders and persons with special needs and advocating for those rights. Ms. Brown has been designated a “Super Lawyer” every year since 2006 and named “Best Lawyer in America” every year since 2013.

Recently, Ms. Brown has been serving on the Missouri Guardianship Statutory Reform Task Force and completed advanced training to become certified as a Mediator in the areas of Adult Guardianship and Eldercare from Zena D. Zumeta, J.D., a nationally known expert in the area of Elder Mediation.


  • University of Bath, Bath, England
  • B.A., University of Vermont, 1976
  • J.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1981

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel
  • Fellow, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Founding Member and Past Board President, Missouri Chapter of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
  • Member, Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP) of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Past Member, Missouri Guardianship Statutory Reform Task Force
  • Past Board President, Association for Aging with Developmental Disabilities
  • Past Board Member, Mid-East Area Agency on Aging
  • Secretary of the Board, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), St. Louis Chapter
  • Past Board Member, Voyce formerly known as Long Term Care Ombudsman Program for Eastern Missouri
  • Past Board Member, St. Louis Bar Foundation
  • Chair, Missouri Bar Elder Law Committee, 2001-2004
  • Member, The Alzheimer’s Association
  • Member and Past Board Member, The Special Needs Alliance LLC, a national alliance of disability lawyers Member, Women Lawyers Association of Greater St. Louis
  • Member, The Missouri Bar, including the Probate and Trust Committee and Elder Law Committee
  • Member, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Board Member, Housing Options Provided for the Elderly (HOPE)
  • Board Member, Fontbonne College of Education and Allied Health Professionals
  • Board Member, Midwest Trust Fiduciary Litigation Group


  • Guardianships and Conservatorships 2nd Ed. Guidebook, Missouri Bar
  • Missouri Elder Law, 2020-2021 ed. (Vol. 41 Missouri Practice Series), Thomson Reuters, coming 12/6/2020
  • Author, “Representative Payee for Social Security Benefits” – The Voice, October, 2015 Special Needs Alliance
  • Presented “Housing Issues in Special Needs Trusts” – A Webinar for the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, December 3, 2015
  • Presented “Long-Term Care Planning Essentials” – A Webinar to Lorman Education Center, August, 2015
  • Author, “Housing Issues In Special Needs Trusts: The Devil Is In The Details” – April-June, 2015 Edition of NAELA News
  • Author, Chapter on Guardianships and Conservatorship – MO Bar CLE Black Book on Elder Law Original Edition 2002, updated Supplements 2004, 2007, 2nd Edition 2010, Supplemented 2015
  • Interview featured in the article entitled, “The road less traveled” by David Engel in the Spring, 2014 edition of the UMKC School of Law Alumni Magazine, Res Ispa
  • Author, “Website of Interest” – Special Needs Law Section of the NAELA News, Volume 22, Issue 6, 2010
  • Featured in article July, 2010 – “Medicaid Madness: Lookback period creates financial hardship for many Americans”
  • Featured in Money Magazine, July 2010 – “Planning for a Special Needs Child”
  • Featured in Missouri Lawyers Weekly – January 18, 2010 “Mysteries Abound in Medicare Set Asides”
  • Author, Special Needs Alliance – The Voice (e-mail newsletter) – May 12, 2012 “Special Needs Trusts and Buying a House”

*Neither the Supreme Court of MO nor the Missouri Bar reviews or approves certifications, organizations or specialist designations.