Peter Brown

Peter Brown (BA, JD)

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Peter Brown maintains an active practice in the fields of information technology, cyber security, technology-related transactions, intellectual property and civil litigation. He has broad experience in alternative dispute resolution as an arbitrator, mediator and advocate. Mr. Brown is the principal of Peter Brown & Associates PLLC, a New York boutique law firm. Previously, he was a founding partner of Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner LLC where he practiced for over 25 years.

When businesses confront complex technology problems, data security questions or technology transactions, they frequently turn to Peter Brown. Mr. Brown is widely recognized as a pioneer and thought leader in the field of information technology and intellectual property. “The Best Lawyers in America”® publication honored Mr. Brown as the “Lawyer of the Year” in Information Technology Law 2018 for New York City. “The Best Law Firms in America” ® publication rated in firm, Peter Brown & Associates PLLC as a “First Tier” national practice in the fields of Technology and Information Technology Law for 2017 and 2018.

Information Technology Transactions
Throughout his career Mr. Brown has also been lead counsel in transactions involving information technology systems, electronic commerce, cloud computing, data analytics, intellectual property, content distribution, mobile phone apps, outsourcing, patent licensing, and hardware purchases. His deep understanding of legal issues regarding information technology and the Internet has established him as a leading counselor in the structuring and implementation of a wide variety of technology and Internet systems.

Litigation practice
Technology and the protection of intellectual property has been a focus of Mr. Brown’s commercial litigation practice throughout his career. He has appeared in federal and state courts across the United States as lead counsel and he has represented parties in numerous arbitrations. Some of his cases were landmark disputes which set new legal standards in technology-related litigation. On behalf of foreign companies he has provided counsel on risk analysis, litigation strategy, settlement alternatives and, where necessary, defended against claims made by U.S. business partners.

Mr. Brown’s litigated disputes have covered a broad spectrum of matters including: information technology, intellectual property, data breaches, copyright infringement, computer software, breach of technology services agreements, theft of data and trade secret disputes.

Arbitration and Mediation
Peter Brown has used alternate dispute resolution procedures as an important part of his legal practice. For over a decade he has served as an arbitrator and mediator. Mr. Brown currently serves on the Panel of Neutrals of the American Arbitration Association and has also participated in matters before the International Centre for Dispute Resolution. In that capacity he has served as a Panel Chair, Panel Member or sole arbitrator on over fifty matters in the past five years. He has been appointed to decide disputes relating to international patent licenses, data breaches, patent indemnities, distribution agreements, software development agreements, manufacturing defect claims, software ownership, franchise agreements, breach of contract claims and trade secret claims. Mr. Brown has served as private mediator on a variety of Information Technology disputes.

Education: Dartmouth College, BA, Columbia University, School of Law, JD
Honors: Peter Brown has been identified as a thought leader in the field of Information Technology and entrepreneurship. He has been recognized by his peers for professional accomplishments, including the following:
Best Law Firms, U.S. News & World Report, ranked Peter Brown & Associates as a First Tier national practice in the fields of Information Technology and Technology Law. (2017, 2018)
Best Lawyers in America ® Lawyer of the Year in Information Technology Law for New York City (2015, 2018).
Chambers USA (2012-18) Technology and Outsourcing.
Who’s Who Legal 2016, honored as one of the five “Most Highly Regarded” lawyers in the United States in the field of Information Technology Law.
New York Better Business Bureau, rated A+ (2016, 2017, 2018)

Mr. Brown has been published widely for over twenty-five years on topics relating to Information Technology and Intellectual Property. Many of these papers have been circulated to supplement his speeches to the Practising Law Institute, the New York State Bar Association, the International Technology Law Association and numerous other trade and bar groups. In addition, he has authored or co-authored the following:
Co-author, Computer Law: Drafting and Negotiating Forms and Agreements, Law Journal Press, updated annually.
Co-author, Emerging Technologies and the Law: Forms and Analysis, 1994, updated annually.
Co-author, monthly column, “Information Technology Law” New York Law Journal.
Co-author, “Artificial Intelligence: Prepare for the Reinvention of Everything,” The Current (PLI publications), Autumn 2017.
Author, “Spyware and Pretexting: Recent Developments,” The Computer and Internet Lawyer, June 2009.
Co-Author, “Technology Initiatives in the New Administration,” Media Law & Policy, New York Law School, Spring 2009.

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