On of America’s most inspiring and profound speakers of our day. Her no-nonsense approach is thoughtful, outspoken, transparent, and passionate. Her accomplishments are numerous and multifaceted. Judge Penny Brown Reynolds’ life work includes social justice advocacy, legal expert, entrepreneur, former jurist, mediator, and public theologian.
During the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the March on Washington, civil and human rights organizations called upon Judge Brown Reynolds to give voice to the issue of “Poverty in America” during this historic occasion. She was selected as one of America’s leading intellectuals by CNN and Essence Magazine for the groundbreaking series, Reclaiming the Dream, in association with the Black in America CNN special. As a Life Member of the NAACP, Judge Brown Reynolds was the only jurist in history to serve on the Atlanta Chapter NAACP Executive Committee. She is the proud founding chair of the Judicial Section of the Gate City Bar Association, an affiliate of the National Bar Association.
Judge Brown Reynolds has brought the same passion and commitment she delivered to the law, while serving as a distinguished judge in Atlanta, Georgia for nearly a decade to both the public and private sectors. Judge Brown Reynolds’ life-long commitment to academic excellence has been demonstrated as she received her Bachelor of Science degree, Cum Laude, from Georgia State University, after only three years of study, graduating in the top 5% of her class and received her Juris Doctor degree from Georgia State University College of Law. She was also awarded the Georgia State University Outstanding Student Award, the University’s highest student award. She graduated first in her class, with highest honors and a perfect 4.0 GPA from the Interdenominational Theological Center (I.T.C.), Atlanta, Georgia, earning a Master’s degree, receiving the James H. Costen Award for Excellence as an Emerging Leader.
Judge Brown Reynolds achieved a distinguished position in Georgia’s history as the first African American to hold the position of Executive Counsel, making her the first Black to serve as a lawyer for a Governor. Both Ebony and Jet magazines recognized her for this historic accomplishment. She appears on the cover of numerous publications and has been featured in newspapers around the country, including the 2017 cover of South Atlanta Magazine, January/February 2014 issue of Trendsetters To Trendsetters Magazine, the January 2013 issue of The Trumpet Magazine and The Eleventh Edition of Who’s Who in Black Atlanta, The Hollywood Reporter, and many others.
She is a former prosecutor, state Assistant Attorney General, first African American Chief of Staff and legal counsel to Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor. Judge Brown Reynolds has an impressive track record as an entrepreneur where she touched millions of people with her internationally syndicated daytime television court series, Family Court with Judge Penny, receiving an Emmy award nomination for her work on the series.
Judge Brown Reynolds was recognized for her strides by The National Council of Negro Women, Inc., where she was awarded the “Woman of Wonder Award,” saluting her as the nation’s National Community Leader of the Year. The National Urban League awarded Judge Brown Reynolds the Woman of Power Award for her accomplishments and distinguished service. She received the Spiritual Enlightenment Award from the Trumpet Awards Foundation.
In addition, at its 10th Annual Creating Opportunity Conference, the Rainbow Push Coalition presented Judge Brown Reynolds with the Trombone Award, for being an outstanding national business leader. The Woman Looking Ahead Magazine selected Judge Brown Reynolds as Georgia’s Woman of the Year and she has been named to Atlanta’s Top 100 Black Women of Influence.
Judge Brown Reynolds received the Pinnacle Leadership Award from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Community Service Award for her work with women by the Women of Multi Ethnicity and Nationality Organization. For the last fifteen consecutive years, Judge Brown Reynolds has been named to the Atlanta Business League’s 100 Most Influential Women. In addition, the Frank Ski Kids Foundation, Inc. honored Judge Brown Reynolds as a Local Living Legend for her many accomplishments. She has served as President Emeritus of the Georgia Chapter of the International Women’s Forum Judge Brown Reynolds is admitted to practice law in the state of Georgia and is a licensed Mediator.
She is a member of the National Bar Association Judicial Council, the American Bar Association, the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers, Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, Gate City Bar Association, Lawyers Club of Atlanta, League of Women’s Voters, and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She received the honor of being recognized as a Barrister in the prestigious Lamar Inn of Court, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia and was selected to Who’s Who in American Woman and Judges and has served as a member and legal counsel of the Georgia Commission on Women.
Judge Brown Reynolds is President and CEO of Divine Destiny Enterprises, LLC and the founder of a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening families, women, youth and children and providing a voice for the poor. She is the founder and executive producer of the annual Judge Penny’s SisterTalk: A Women’s Empowerment Conference with thousands attending from around the country. Judge Brown Reynolds speaks at conferences and corporate events around the country.
She is the author of several books, My Mother Told Me, 7 Steps to Peace of Mind, and Real Talk for Real Sisters. She also co-authored, Women and the Law: A Guide to Women’s Legal Rights in Georgia, and has several published articles, including an article appearing in the Huffington Post. Judge Brown Reynolds newest book will be released in the spring of 2017.
As an ordained minister, Judge Brown Reynolds provides a unique and inspiring prophetic preaching and speaking style where she unapologetically confronts today’s challenging issues often ignored. She and her husband Reverend Edward S. Reynolds are the proud parents of two grown sons, Michael and Fela and one granddaughter, Pelly Marie.
“My mother, Deforest Marie Brown, told me that “I was somebody to love.” It took a while and whole lot of living for me to finally say that I believe her. After everything I’ve been through in my life, it feels good to operate knowing that I am living life as my best self.”- Judge Penny