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Kevin Brown

Partner

Business litigator and media law attorney

Kevin Brown has more than 20 years of experience representing individuals and companies in the media, entertainment, retail and other industries.  

Kevin is a trial lawyer with significant experience in complex business litigation, mediation and arbitration. Responsive and attentive to clients, Kevin's experience includes advertising and marketing law matters, internet defamation, social media liability, copyright and trademark infringement, false advertising, trade secret misappropriation, contract and real estate disputes, fiduciary litigation, construction disputes, employment litigation and general business torts.

Additionally, clients in the entertainment and media industry - including entertainers, musicians, photographers and other artists - turn to Kevin for representation in a variety of contract and royalty disputes, visual-content issues, advertising and marketing law guidance (claim substantiation, disclosures, influencers and brand disinformation), intellectual property management matters and right of privacy and publicity issues.

Before joining Waller, Kevin was a partner with Taube Summers Harrison Taylor Meinzer Brown, LLP, a preeminent bankruptcy and civil litigation boutique firm in Austin, Texas. Kevin also practiced with Orrick and Pryor Cashman in New York City.

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  • Related Services
  • Education
    • J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 1998
      • Teaching Quizmaster
    • B.A., cum laude, Northwestern University, 1995
      • Phi Beta Kappa
      • Alumni Board Senior Achievement Award
      • Award for Creative Art - Best Painting
  • Bar Admissions
    • Texas
    • New York
  • Court Admissions
    • United States Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, All Districts of Texas
    • U.S. District Court, All Districts of New York
  • Recognitions
    • The Best Lawyers in America© (BL Rankings)
      • Commercial Litigation, 2018-2023
      • Copyright Law, 2023
      • Litigation - Construction, 2023
    • Texas Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters)
      • Rising Stars - Business Litigation, 2009-2019
  • Professional Involvement
    • Alumnus, Leadership Austin Essential Class, Class of 2013
    • Class Co-Chair, Meritas Leadership Institute, Class of 2012
    • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
    • Member, Austin Bar Association
    • Fellow, Austin Bar Foundation
  • Community Involvement
    • Member, Board of Directors, Downtown Austin Alliance, 2016-Present
    • Member, Board of Directors, MINDPOP, 2013–Present
    • Member, Board of Directors, Art Alliance Austin, 2011-2013
    • President, Board of Directors, VSA Texas, 2007-2009
    • Participating Artist, Sight.Sound.Soul 
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bBqpIIQ36c
    • President, Board of Directors, Northwestern University Club of Austin, 2013-2014
  • Presentations & Publications

      Presentations and Speaking Engagements

      • “Top Ten Dos and Don’ts for Intellectual Property In Business,” Texas Women in Business Austin, September 2022
      • “Hot Issues In Entertainment Law,” Co-Presenter, ABA Forum on Communications Laws Annual Conference, February 2022
      • “Legal Issues for Photographers,” Association of Texas Photography Instructors Winter Conference, February 2020
      • “Brand Consciousness for Lawyers,” Co-Presenter, Waller Retail Law Symposium, September 2019
      • “Brand Protection and Promotion in the Viral Media World,” Co-Presenter, Waller Retail Law Symposium, September 2018
      • “Marketing, Communications and Legal Strategies: Working in Tandem in the Viral Media World,” Co-Presenter, Association of Corporate Counsel, Austin Chapter, May 2018
      • “Legal Issues for Photographers,” Association of Texas Photography Instructors Winter Conference, February 2018
      • “Marketing Liability in the Digital Age: Tales from the Trenches and Best Practices,” Co-Presenter, Association of Corporate Counsel, Austin Chapter, December 2017
      • “Online Marketing: Legal Pitfalls and Best Practices,” American Marketing Association, Austin Chapter, March 2017
      • “We Can Do That . . . Can’t We? Avoiding Legal Pitfalls When Branding and Rebranding in the Digital Age,” American Marketing Association, Knoxville Chapter, September 2016
      • “Athletes and the Right of Publicity,” Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association Spring Symposium, 2016
      • “Legal Issues for Photographers,” Guest Lecturer, Austin Community College, 2012-2017

      Publications

      • “Hold My Beer!  Browns Get Doused with Lawsuit in Mistaken Identity Case,” (November 22, 2019, Sports Litigation Alert).
      • “Hanley v. Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment LLC: Putting the Telephone Consumer Protection Act on ‘Ice?’” (June 2019, Sports Litigation Alert).
      • “Legal and Marketing Departments Must Work as a Team for Brand Protection and Promotion in the Sports Industry” (April 2019, Professional Sports and the Law)
      • “Marketing Law Predictions for 2019,” (Waller Blog Posts, February 2019)
  • Up Close
    Dreams of a solo art exhibition at some point in the near future.

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